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Golden oldies cricket set to grow

Tuesday September 09, 2014 Written by Published in Cricket
Karaka Stallions captain Craig Lewis lines one up on the pitch in Ngatangiia.  14090812 Karaka Stallions captain Craig Lewis lines one up on the pitch in Ngatangiia. 14090812

Last week’s successful and highly enjoyable golden oldies cricket exchange between the touring Karaka Stallions and Cook Islands Golden Oldies cricketers is set to become an annual fixture for the mature cricketers.

Local golden oldies players bid farewell to the Karaka Stallions on Friday with touring captain Craig Lewis dubbing the experience 'their most enjoyable tour yet'.
The Stallions enjoyed a weeklong tour to Rarotonga which included three matches against their Rarotonga counterparts and a match against the popular local women’s team.
At the conclusion of Friday’s final match, Cooks cricket CEO Alister Stevic thanked the Stallions for their efforts in making a tour to the Cook Islands possible.
Stevic also paid special mention to the hard work of the Rarotonga players and partners in putting together the event and made special mention of Amoa More and Stephen Peyroux’s efforts.
Minister Kiriau Turepu was on hand to present the Stallion players and partners with a Cook Islands memento while minister of sport Mark Brown presented the Karaka Stallions with the top bowler (Lester Fitzgerald) and top batter (Mark Webber) awards.
Captain Craig Lewis and Murray Napier spoke on behalf of the Karaka side.
Lewis said his side was truly thankful to the people who made their tour such a memorable occasion. “We need to thank Alister from Cook Islands Cricket, Amoa More from the golden oldies association, the ladies for umpiring and for the lovely meals and the Rarotonga lads for an enjoyable three matches,” he said.
Murray Napier finished by commenting that their tour of Rarotonga was inequitably the Stallions’ most enjoyable tour they had ever had. In all 18 Oldies from Rarotonga took the field over the week long series of matches.
Stephen Kavana was the top run scorer for Rarotonga followed by Rama Taiki.
Teva Kirikava had the Midas touch collecting the teams most wickets.
With three teams to tour next year and a golden oldies league soon to be established, there is plenty of action ahead to keep the golden oldies fit and active.     - Slow bowl

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