Paama Sharks have once again proven to be the worthy champions after defeating Mighty Saints to claim the 2017 under 15 champions’ trophy for the third consecutive year.
Paama Sharks, undefeated, have put on a wonderful display of skills and talent to defeat the talented Mighty saints on the 1St of April 2017. Paama Sharks won the toss on that fateful Saturday morning and decided to bat sending the Saints in to field.
The Sharks’ opening batsmen, Ala Vira and Vince Vira got on to a soaring start which saw them score 19 runs off the first over of the inning. The Saints replied by running out opener, Vince vira, in the 9th over and catching out Ala Vira in the 11th over. The end of the first inning saw Paama Sharks finishing with a total of 2/178 on the score board with Ala Vira scoring 84 runs off 37 balls, Saling Meltetake (15 runs off 11 balls) and Vince Vira (14 runs off 15 balls). Eduel Kalfau made the best bowling figures for the Saints with 3 overs, 42 runs and 2 wickets.
Mighty Saints entered the cricket field with high hopes to defeat Paama Sharks in the second inning of the game. The Saints’ openers, Sam Strid and Dylan Meyer started a good partnership scoring 28 runs in the first 3 overs but the unfortunate run out of Sam Strid in the 4th over slowed the Saints’ down a little bit. Opener, Dylan Meyer, did not let anything slow him down as he raced on to score 42 runs off 30 balls before the Sharks caught up with him and got him out for a catch. The Saints’ Kalsae Aaron entered the field with hopes of scoring runs for his team but the Sharks had other plans which saw them sending him off the field after scoring just 15 runs off 6 balls. A good bowling attack from the Sharks’ Vince Vira (3 overs, 33 runs and 4 wickets) played a key role in sending the Saints’ batsmen off the field leaving them with 7/119runs on the scoreboard at the end of the second innings.
Paama Sharks won the final by an impressive 59 runs giving them another victory to add to their team victories. The Sharks’ captain, Ala Vira, walked away with not just the victory trophy but the Player of the Match trophy as well after putting on a stunning display of skill and talent with the bat (89 runs off 37 balls) and gloves (1 catch and 1 stumping).
In other sports news, Port Vila Football Association postponed all weekend’s matches, and will confirm this week, the new schedule to be played this week.