Paama Sharks and Mighty Saints on top

MIGHTY Saints recorded their second consecutive win of the season on day three of the Under 15 Club Championship, this time against a young APT Dolphins side.

Vanuatu Cricket confirmed Mighty Saints won the toss and did not hesitate to give away the bat to the Dolphins, fancying their chances of bowling out a defendable score.

APT Dolphins went in to bat and struggled to get runs on the board as wickets fell regularly, including three ducks, thanks to tight bowling from Liam Coates, with two wickets in his first over.

They confirmed an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership from APT batsmen Josh Ngwele 21 (27) and Ken Mere 8 (9) gave some respectability to APTs final score of 53/4 off the 12 overs. A quick reply from Mighty Saints saw duo Sam Strid 21 (9) still unbeaten in the tournament and Skipper Kalsai Aaron 22 (10) chase down the score in rapid fashion under just 3.3 overs. Mighty Saints won the game by 10 wickets with 51 balls remaining.

In the afternoon, Paama Sharks remained unbeaten after running out winners by eight wickets against a competitive Tafea side, which is still in search of their first win of the season.

Paama Sharks won the toss and opted to field, sending Tafea in to bat.

An early rally from Tafea’s Talisman Wamejo Tommy created tension for Paama Sharks, sending three fours crashing the boundary line and two massive sixes landing in the nets off the very first over of the innings.

Vanuatu Cricket said it did not take long for Tommy’s wicket to perish, seeing him walk off the pitch with 28 run off 12 balls in his name. Wickets began to fall regularly as Tafea struggled to rebuild crucial partnerships, finishing with a defendable score of 87/4 off 12 overs. Paama Sharks in reply wasted no time with the bat and chased down the score right on the eight over mark.

They said a crucial 50 partnership from openers Ala Vira 23 (14) and Vince Vira 35 (18) created momentum for the team as power man Saling Meltetake came in and smashed a massive 18 runs off the 4 balls he faced to finish the job for Paama Sharks.

Wins for Paama and Saints find them top of the table after round three with six points each.