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Saturday 10 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Cricket, Sports
The Cook Islands national cricket squad at Rarotonga international airport before departing for Auckland yesterday afternoon. - 22090106
After going down to Samoa on
Thursday, the national side lost to Fiji by three wickets yesterday.
After winning the toss, the
Cook Islands elected to bat first and scored 142 runs in 20 overseas with
openers skipper Ma’ara Ave and Hayden Dickson scoring 31 and 51 runs respectively.
In reply, the Fijians who were
rattled by early wicket losses, managed to find their rhythm in the middle
order to reach the target in 16.5 over for the loss of seven wickets.
Cook Islands team manager
Rahul Patil said they gave away 30 extras through wide and no balls against
“That was the main cause of
the loss. But that’s something within our own control, we look to learn from
that and make amendments to come back stronger.”
On Thursday the national side
went down to Samoa by seven wickets.
Patil said against Samoa they
went to bat first as planned but couldn’t put up a competitive target.
“We were 20 runs short and our
bowling wasn’t good too. At 58-3, we thought we had them and a couple more
wickets would have changed the game,” he said.
Patil said fast bowler Hayden
Dickson injured his heel and skipper Ave, who came in to finish the over,
suffered a cut to his forehead against Samoa.
“When he bowled, the batsman
hit back at him and the ball bounced unevenly before hitting straight on his
Ave was rushed to the hospital
where he received four stitches, “thankfully there was no fracture and the
surgical registrar also confirmed there was no concussion”.
After a night’s rest, the New
Zealand-based Ave was fit to lead the team against Fiji.
Cook Islands will take on
tournament favourites and the unbeaten Vanuatu at 12.30pm today (Cook Islands
“We are probably at the stage
where another loss could be the end of the tournament for us.”