The full Cook Islands national cricket squad in Auckland. - 22090415
Cook Islands cricket got their first win in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia-Pacific Qualifier on Saturday after beating tournament favourites and host Vanuatu.
Vanuatu entered the match with
two wins against Fiji and Samoa – the sides Cook Islands lost to in their
opening two matches. After winning the toss, the hosts decided to bat and
scored 127 runs for nine in the opening inning.
Cook Islands’ William Kokaua
was impressive with his throws claiming three wickets while captain Ma’ara Ave
managed two wickets.
In reply the national side led
by skipper Ave who top scored with 50 runs and Aue and Thomas Parima who
managed 34 and 23 runs respectively, reached the target in 16.2 wickets with
five wickets in hand.
Cook Islands will play Samoa
at 12.30pm today (Cooks time) before taking on Fiji at 4.30pm on Tuesday. The
national team will meet Vanuatu in the final match at 4.30pm on Wednesday. Cook
Islands will need to win their remaining matches to advance to the next stage.