The Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Women’s Cricket Team has been placed third at the T20 Pacific Cup, after defeating Samoa by 23 runs in Auckland, New Zealand.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) claimed top position after beating powerful opponent New Zealand Maori women by 5 wickets and 9 balls remaining.
Vanuatu started the competition with a win over Fiji before losing to Aotearoa Maori by 5 wickets. They lost to Samoa in their third game by 3 wickets, lost to PNG by 23 runs and a win over Cook Islands in their next game.
Captain Selina Solman and all-rounder Rachel Andrew emerged as standout performers, setting new records for the women’s team.
Andrew etched her name in the annals of history by becoming the first-ever centurion for the team, achieving a historic milestone in her cricket career an impressive total of 227 runs at an average of 45 runs per match, showcasing her remarkable skills at the crease.
Her remarkable batting performance showcased her prowess and resilience on the field. She earned the well-deserved title of Most Valuable Player in the tournament,
Meanwhile, Solman delivered a stellar bowling performance, securing a remarkable 5-wicket haul. Her exceptional skills and strategic gameplay played a crucial role in the team’s overall performance.
Despite the unexpected loss, the team can take pride in the impressive feats achieved by Solman and Andrew, whose record-breaking contributions added a silver lining to the match.
Undeterred by the recent setback, the team is now setting its sights on the upcoming global qualifiers scheduled for April in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With unwavering determination, they aim to secure a spot in the Women’s T20 World Cup, marking a pivotal moment in their cricketing journey.
The players are channelling their experiences and newfound records into intense preparation for the crucial qualifiers. The upcoming challenge presents an opportunity for redemption and a chance to showcase their mettle on the international stage.
The annual competition brought together Pacific nations of Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the new addition Aotearoa Māori, competing fiercely for the coveted Cup.
Cook Islands women team came fourth and Fiji’s cricket women are 5th in ranking.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST