Cricket youngsters battle hard

Thursday September 17, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

The Cook Islands under-19 cricket side put on a spirited performance against the visiting Northern District Maori women’s side on Tuesday at the Turangi Oval.

Despite losing to the New Zealand side by six wickets, the youngsters received praise for putting up a great fight against a highly experienced opponent.

The Maori side won the toss and elected to field first, sending the U19s to bat.

The national side led by opener and skipper Phillica Maruariki amassed a respectable 130 runs in 20 overs with two wickets to spare.

The 17-year-old Maruariki scored an impressive 58 not out, while her opening partner Memory Kauvai was the second-highest scorer for the side on 13 runs.

Tayla Hollis proved the best in bowling for the Maoris after collecting three wickets in her four overs. She conceded just 10 runs.

Lucy McHugh was also impressive for the side after collecting a wicket maiden (no runs are scored and a wicket is taken).

In reply, Maori, who many thought would have had an easy run against the locals, were in a dilemma after losing four wickets for 45 runs.

But skipper Kerry Tomlinson steered the team back on track with an impressive 58 not out to reach the target in the 16th over with loss of four wickets. Hollis was the second-highest scorer for Maori on 21 not out.

Kauvai picked two wickets from her four overs and conceded 26 runs. 

Jasmine Tuaputa, who despite failing to pick any wickets, did some superb bowling after conceding only 20 runs in her four overs.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic praised the youngsters for their brilliant effort.

“We had 13 players that turned up to play for the U19 team which is great. We had players as young as 12 years old that played against the Maori,” Stevic says.

“This is an encouraging number for a growing sport like cricket and we hope to build on this.”

The ND Maori took on the national women’s side yesterday. The two teams will meet again today at 4pm at Turangi Oval.

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