Impressive Town fight way back

Tuesday January 31, 2017 Written by Published in Cricket
An impressive bowling from Pita Tare was not enough for the Country which lost to Town in the second leg of the 21South Group Vaka of Origin II Twenty20 series on Saturday. 17013024 An impressive bowling from Pita Tare was not enough for the Country which lost to Town in the second leg of the 21South Group Vaka of Origin II Twenty20 series on Saturday. 17013024

THE VARO Media Maroons (Country) dream of sealing their maiden 21South Group Vaka of Origin II Twenty20 series win in the men’s competition over the weekend was rattled by impressive innings from Sky Pacific Blues (Town) on Saturday.

 

Town, which made a clean sweep in the series last year, had a lot at stake in the second leg at Turangi Field after losing the opener to Country.

Country led by skipper Osolai Akai were in rampaging form in the first leg, starting their campaign with a four-wicket win.

But the side was unable to repeat their winning feat as a much improved Town wrecked their batting order before sending some big hits in the second inning to win the match by six wickets.

Country, after winning the toss elected to bat first, sending their new pair of openers – coach/player Vane Tangimetua Sr and young Mapu Maoate.

Their partnership didn’t last long after Maoate was bowled out for a duck soon followed by Tangimetua Sr on 19 runs.

Big hitter Akai, who racked up 42 runs in the opening leg, was unable to inspire his troubled Country side after heading out for a golden duck following a brilliant catch from a Town fielder.

Hori Miller, who scored 43 runs, stabilised Country’s run count, but failed to form a formidable partnership after wickets continued to fall at will from some impressive bowling from the visitors.

Country was all out for 148 runs in the final over, handing Town an achievable score to chase in the second innings.

Openers Nooroto William and Deacon Teapa took the crease for Town and got their campaign off to a good start.

But their partnership didn’t last long after Teapa lost his wicket from some aggressive bowling from Pita Tare followed by William.

Melody Melota, Davis Teinaki and Kunta Ritawa scored 27, 42 and 53 runs, respectively, as Town cruised home with a six-wicket win in the 13th over.

“We thank Country for giving us a good game. We came prepared for this match because we knew we had to win in order to remain in the race,” Town skipper Wayken Punga said.

“I want to thank my players and our supporters for their effort. We are now looking forward to the final leg.”

Country skipper Akai said they lost to a better Town side.

He said the team would look into their weaknesses and come better prepared for the final leg this Saturday.

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