THE Vanuatu Cricket Association has hosted the Tatts Cricket Club from Australia this week for their international tour of Vanuatu Cricket.
Tatts Cricket Club is a club from Narrabri, NSW, Australia and they have embarked on this cricket tour to explore Vanuatu cricket, while at the same time using their position to spread their passion for cricket with our young cricketers and children in some schools around Port Vila.
During their short stay in Vanuatu, Tatts CC played two One-Day International (50 overs) matches against Vanuatu Men’s National Team at the Vanuatu Cricket Ground.
The first match was played on August 7 which saw Tatts CC win the toss and elected to bat first. Tatts players who are used to playing on turf chose to take a plunge and try their luck on the artificial pitch and without any delays sent in their opening batsmen.
Tatts CC were in for a surprise as the Vanuatu National Men’s team showed their dominance on the field with both bat and ball to defeat them by 9 wickets. Andy Craig top scored for the day and for his Tatts side with an impressive 84 run and not out. Patrick Matautaava (78*) and Jonathon Dunn (59*) were top scoring for the Vanuatu side, with Patrick Matautaava also causing some damage with the ball and finishing with a bowling figure of 4-25 off 9 overs.
The second match was played on August 9 and Tatts CC, hoping to finish with a tie, started the day off with the ball, sending Vanuatu in to bat.
Vanuatu took the chance to set a high target score for Tatts to chase down which saw a half century for Jonathon Dunn (56) and Ronald Tari (69) and a total of 8/341 at the end of the first innings.
Tatts with a target of 342 to win began their inning well, scoring 16 runs off the first over before losing their first wicket in the second over. Tatts batsmen showed skill with the bat as well playing some fantastic shots, with Andy Craig (46*) top scoring again for his team and Tom Groth following closely behind with 33 runs. At the end of the day the target score was just far too hard to reach Tatts batsmen were all out in the 42 overs leaving them 154 runs short of the target score.
Both matches were enjoyed by Tatts CC and Vanuatu Cricket and both teams played hard and tough with skill and talent but Vanuatu Cricket managed to come out on top in the end.
With all the seriousness of the two matches Vanuatu Cricket was fortunate to have Tatts CC participate with them in two school visit programs, the first at Prima Christian School and the second at Eratap School. These saw the keen Tatts cricket boys help out with running cricket activities for the children and having fun joining in and playing the activities as well.
Giveaways and some plastic cricket gear were handed over to the two schools to allow for the school children to be able to enjoy a game of cricket during their free time.
The school giveaways were not the only cricket gear to be given out during the week, as Tatts CC surprised everyone when they presented two new gear bags full of new cricket gear for our National Women’s Team after the second match on Wednesday.
“The handing over of the gear from Tatts CC to Vanuatu Cricket National Women’s team is definitely a highlight this week for our girls as everyone were not expecting to receive such a generous but huge donation from them and everyone was so excited and a little bit overwhelmed at the same time to see that they have also thought of us,” expressed captain of the National Women’s Team, Selina Solman.
“We are all equally grateful to Tatts CC for providing us with gear that we can claim as our own and on behalf of the entire team I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved because you have put a smile on our faces that will last for a long time, especially during training and games when we get to use our new set of gear.’’
Vanuatu Cricket also presented a Tamtam as a token of appreciation, respect and thanks to Tatts CC which was received by Tatts Captain Craig Gleeson on behalf of his team.
“On behalf of the Vanuatu Men’s National Team and Vanuatu Cricket as a whole I would like to thank Tatts CC for choosing Vanuatu as the destination for your International Cricket tour,” said Vanuatu National head coach and high performance manager, Shane Deitz.
“We loved and enjoyed playing against Tatts and we really appreciate your coming over as your tour will definitely get our guys prepared and in the mood to play some tough cricket when they head off to compete in the World Cricket League Division 5 in South Africa next month.”
Andy Craig was awarded by Vanuatu Cricket as Tatts Player of the Tour for his outstanding performance with the bat in both matches, seeing him score 84 runs in the first match and 46 runs in the second match, both times not out.