Penrhyn takes cricket gold

Tuesday August 11, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

Penrhyn and Takitumu reigned supreme in the Cook Islands Games cricket tournament last week.


The tournament had four teams - Penrhyn, Pukapuka, Mangaia and Takitumu competing.

After a hard-hitting two-day competition played in the super-fast 10/10 format at Turangi Field, Penrhyn finished on top with the gold medal followed by Pukapuka with silver in the men’s competition.

Penhryn batted first and scored a commanding 138 runs in 10 overs with Vane Tangimetua top scoring with 75 runs, including nine boundary sixes

Pukapuka came really close in the second innings but fell just four runs short of victory. Davies Teinaki top scored with 93 from 32 balls and Vane Tangimetua Jr picked up five wickets.

In the women’s competition, Takitumu collected gold while Mangaia settled for silver medal.

Mangaia batted first and scored a respectable 71 runs from their 10 overs with Teremoana More top scoring with 26 runs and Takitumu youngster Josephine taking three wickets.

In reply, Takitumu overcame their target in the eighth over, only losing a wicket to claim nine wicket victory.

Takitumu’s Mattina Pittman top scored with 43 runs.

Apart from the medals, the winning sides also received a free mobile phone and Bluetooth speaker courtesy of Cook Islands Cricket Association sponsor, The Computer Man.

Takitumu’s Pittman scored the most runs in the women’s division (87) while Tangimetua top scored in the men’s division (192).

Josephine from Takitumu was the top wicket-taker, while youngster Ioanne Tangimetua Jnr collected the prize for his bowling performance in the men’s division.

Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Alister Stevic thanked the teams for competing in the tournament.

“Thank you to the teams for making the effort to organise themselves for the tournament, especially with so many other codes and 50th celebrations occupying a lot of their time.” 

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