Leimara Tastuki, Player of the match U15 girls and U17 girls

The National Bank of Vanuatu has sponsored yet again another successful school cricket competition this year 2017.

The NBV U15 and U17 hardball competition kicked off earlier this year in May and matches were played at Independence Park and Vanuatu Cricket Ground over a period of 5 months before the competition ended.

Both competitions were played in separate categories with girls in the girls’ category and boys in the boys’ category.

Melemaat, Pango, Sea-side, St. Joseph, Suango, Vila North participated in the U15 girls’ category and Prima, Suango, Sea-side, St. Joseph, Melemaat and Sorovanga in the boys’ category.

In the NBV U17 competition, Malapoa College, Sea-side, Suango, Kawenu, Vila North and Melemaat are in the girls’ category while Malapoa College, Prima, Suango, Kawenu, Vila East, and Melemaat competed in the boys’ category.

The competition was played in a round robin format with all teams playing each other once and top four teams moving into semi-finals and top two teams advancing into the final.

Melemaat and Suango were favourites in the U15 competitions which saw both teams advancing into the semi-finals and later on to the final in both U15 categories.

During the finals Suango defeated Melemaat after losing the toss and batting first setting 6/86 off 10 overs on the scoreboard and Melemaat scoring 7/39 off 10 overs falling 47 runs short of the target score.

In the girls category however, the final match was in favour of Melemaat which saw them win the toss and electing to bat first setting 1/68 off 10 overs on the scoreboard. Suango chasing down 69 runs to win was faced with tough bowling from Melemaat seeing them all out for just 13 runs after 4.5 overs.

Melemaat and Suango both took home huge victories with Jacky from Suango raking up the player of the final trophy in the boys’ category and Leimara Tastuki claiming the same award in the girls’ category.

In the U17 competition, after a tough semi-finals Malapoa College and Melemaat School advanced into the final of the boys’ category.

Melemaat won the toss in the final and elected to field sending in Malapoa to bat first and setting a total of 5/105 at the end of their 10 overs. Melemaat hoping to cruise pass the target score of 106 to win failed to knock runs leaving them with only 38 runs at the end of their inning.

Malapoa College won by 67 runs.

In the girls’ category, Malapoa College faced off again with rivals Melemaat where Melemaat won the toss and like their boys’ team sent in Malapoa to bat first. Malapoa set 5/61 after 10 overs and Melemaat only needed to score 66 runs to be the champions.

Melemaat wasted no time and chased the score down in just four overs with no fall of wickets leaving them with a 10 wicket victory over Malapoa.

Bethan Moli of Malapoa College picked up the player of the match trophy in the U17 boy’s category and Leimara Tastuki claimed her second award of the day by picking up the player of the final in the U17 girl’s category as well.

“This competition ran for a long time but it was worth it because we have seen so much talent and skills over the past 5 months and we would like to acknowledge the National Bank of Vanuatu for sponsoring this competition and making it possible for schools to enjoy cricket,” said Vanuatu Cricket Development Supervisor, Natalie Hava.

“I would also like to say thank you to all the teachers who serve as our school cricket ambassadors (SCA) for their passion, time and commitment in making sure that their schools are participating in our cricket programs and competitions. They have played an important role in the development of cricket this year and for that we are grateful.”

Ms Hava then concludes to say that the development team at the VCA are looking forward to running this competition again next year.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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