The Vanuatu Cricket Association (VCA) organized a successful Secondary School U19’s competition during the first week of school holidays which served as a talent identification program for the development of cricket in Vanuatu.
Malapoa College, Ulei and Lycee lab competed in the boys’ category while Malapoa College, Ulei and Central School competed in the girls’ category.
The competition ran for two days with most round games happening on the first day and finals on the second day with girls’ matches taking place at Independence Park and boys’ matches at the Vanuatu Cricket Ground.
In the Boys’ Category, Malapoa and Lycee came out on top securing their spots in the Final after dominating their round matches leaving Ulei School to settle for third place.
Malapoa won the toss in the final and elected to bowl first sending Lycee in to bat.
With 12 overs to set a defendable score Lycee batsmen wasted no time scoring 114 runs at the end of their inning and Jonah Todah top scoring with a massive 76 runs.
Malapoa with a target of 115 runs to win seem to regret their decision to bowl first after losing the early wicket of their big hitter, Junior Kaltapau.
- Bethan Moli not letting the wicket of his team mate get to him took off with the bat knocking a huge 60runs leading Malapoa to a 9 wicket victory over Lycee in the 11.5 overs.
In the Girls’ Category, Malapoa College secured the first spot in the finals after winning all their round games and in what came as a surprise to everyone saw Ulei defeat Central School in the semi-final to secure the last coveted spot in the final.
Malapoa College again won the toss and chose to bowl sending Ulei batswomen in to bat.
Ulei knowing that Malapoa has power house hitters such as Valenta Langiatu would have no problem chasing down a small target score in their allocated overs so in goes Ulei batswomen aiming to set a large target score for Malapoa to chase down in 8 overs.
After failing to create a strong batting partnership Ulei only managed 36 runs at the end of their inning giving Malapoa a target of 37 runs to win.
Malapoa who struggled a little bit seeing them lose their top 4 batsmen in the first few overs finally regained control and cruised passed the score in 6.4 overs claiming a 6 wicket victory over Ulei School.
At the end of the competition Malapoa College came out winners in both categories with Lycee school a respective runner up in the boys’ category and Ulei School in the girls’ category.
“We have identified some outstanding talent during the competition and the development team will now work together with our high performance team to take these talents under our wings and train them to further enhance their skills which might give them a future in cricket,” said VCA Development Supervisor, Natalie Hava.
Ms Hava then concluded by saying that the VCA will be running more competitions like this in the future because there are a lot of young talents in Vanuatu just waiting to be identified.