Rachel Andrew taking a pull shot against Samoa at the last Pacific Games

The Vanuatu Women’s National cricket team has had its final selection and is ready for their regional World Cup Qualifier’s in Japan from April 28 – May 4. They will play against hosts Japan, PNG and Samoa with the winner progressing to the world cup global qualifying tournament.

The team will be captained by APT Dolphins captain Selina Solman and include, Meriel Kenni (APT Dolphins CC), Leimauri Chilia, Valenta Langiatu, Leimara Tastuki, Alvina Chilia (Mele Bulls CC), Nasimana Navaika (Tafea Sandalwood CC), Judy Avok, Melissa Velvel Fare (Paama Sharks CC), Christelle Sokomanu, Rachael Andrew, Jessica Chilia, Kyla Niras (Ifira Blackbirds CC). Coach Eddie Mansale.

The competition will be tough with the team never before beating the other nations in Women’s Cricket international competition, so the Vanuatu Women’s National Cricket team will enter the tournament the lowest ranked team. “We know the other teams are ranked higher than us but we have had a very intensive training and playing program over the last 12 months. We have a few new faces in the team and the other players have matured since their last competition at the Pacific Games in 2015. The conditions will be different to what we play here but we need to adapt fast and not use that as an excuse. The VCA has really supported the team more than before which we has allowed us to prepare better than ever. Along with an intensive strength and conditioning program from Brett Wright at Power House Performance Training the team are physically in great shape and ready to go. We have 4 more weeks to work on our game plans and finalise the team’s preparations. We are confident we can produce a few upsets and win some matches and follow in the performances of our Men’s team. It really has been an exciting 12 months for women’s cricket in Vanuatu and the team is proud to represent all involved over the last 12 months and we will keep developing the women’s game and hope to expand women’s cricket in the future”, said Head Coach, Eddie Mansale.

The first match is against Papua New Guinea on April the 28th.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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