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Black Birds Ascend as Sharks Bite in Thrilling Round 5 of Port Vila Women's T20 Championship



Round 5 of the Port Vila Womens T20 Championship started off with a fiery clash between the Ifira Black Birds Women who clinched a thrilling 4-wicket victory over the Splashe Mele Bulls Women.


Batting first, the Splashe Mele Bulls Women managed to put up a total of 87 for 8 in their allotted 16 overs. The innings began with an early setback as Louise Tastuki was dismissed for 11 runs off 19 balls. Malonie Vatoko provided some stability with a solid 21 off 21 balls, while captain M Mete played a crucial innings, scoring 22 off 21 balls. Augustine Joy Mansale contributed 18 off 20 balls, but the Bulls struggled to maintain momentum, losing wickets at regular intervals. Extras added 13 valuable runs to the total, highlighting some indiscipline in the Black Birds' bowling attack.


The Ifira Black Birds’ bowlers maintained a disciplined approach throughout the innings. RA Kaltongga was the standout performer, taking 3 wickets for 18 runs in her 4 overs. Leisau Andrew also bowled effectively, claiming 2 for 21 in her 4 overs, while RV Andrew chipped in with 2 for 15. Their collective efforts restricted the Bulls to a modest total.


Chasing 88 for victory, the Ifira Black Birds Women faced an early challenge with the dismissal of Leisau Andrew for a duck, bowled by Louise Tastuki. However, RA Kaltongga steadied the innings with a patient 21 off 21 balls before being caught by Noiline Langa off M Mete. The real impetus came from RV Andrew, who played a match-winning knock of 48 off 28 balls, including nine boundaries. Her aggressive stroke play kept the Black Birds on track despite regular wickets falling at the other end.


Louise Tastuki bowled a remarkable spell, taking 4 wickets for just 14 runs in her 4 overs, putting the Black Birds under pressure. However, Lising Enoch held her nerve, scoring an unbeaten 11 off 15 balls, guiding her team to victory. The Black Birds reached the target with 4 wickets in hand and 23 balls to spare. Extras once again played a crucial role, contributing 9 runs to the chase.


In the other clash the Paama Sharks Women clinched a hard-fought victory over Tafea Cricket Club Women by 29 runs. This match was marked by disciplined bowling and resilient batting performances, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams.


Batting first, the Paama Sharks Women posted a total of 78 for 8 in their allotted 18 overs. The innings began with early setbacks as Susan Stephen and NK Kakor were dismissed cheaply by Tisiana Lekai and Jovanah Lishi, respectively. Captain Vanessa Vira provided some stability, scoring 22 runs off 33 balls. However, the Sharks continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, with Shalinda Reve (4 off 23), Rinneth Lengsau (0 off 7), and Sani Nipiko Meltetake (2 off 5) failing to make significant contributions. The lower order added some crucial runs, with RN Nako scoring a brisk 17 off 12 balls. Extras played a vital role, contributing 31 runs to the total, highlighting some indiscipline in the Tafea bowlers.


Tisiana Lekai was the standout bowler for Tafea Cricket Club, taking 3 wickets for just 13 runs in her 4 overs. Numa Nalissa also bowled effectively, claiming 2 for 12 in her 2 overs, while Jovanah Lishi and Gisel Lekai chipped in with a wicket each. Despite their efforts, the Sharks managed to reach a defendable total.


Chasing 79, Tafea Cricket Club Women faced immediate pressure from the Sharks' bowlers. Numa Nalissa and Gisel Lekai were both dismissed early by Florian Eron and Vanessa Vira, respectively. Sarah Navaika offered some resistance, scoring 13 off 11 balls, but the rest of the batting lineup struggled to form partnerships. KW Wotu, Shaline Vakessa, Lidienne Nalissa, and HT Teana fell cheaply, with Vira and Eron continuing to apply pressure.


Vanessa Vira delivered a match-winning bowling performance, taking 4 wickets for 15 runs in her 4 overs. NK Kakor also bowled excellently, claiming 2 for 15 in her 4 overs. Florian Eron was equally impressive, taking 3 wickets for just 7 runs in her 2 overs. Smaantha Seule and RN Nako also contributed, each taking a wicket to dismantle Tafea's batting lineup.


Tafea Cricket Club was eventually bowled out for 49 in 12 overs. Extras again played a significant role, contributing 20 runs to Tafea's total, but it wasn't enough to bridge the gap.


CURRENT STANDINGS:

MVP STANDINGS:

Rank

Player

Club

Matches

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Overall

1

Paama Sharks

5

8.33

39.76

0.0

48.09

2

Ifira Black Birds

3

15.64

6.67

2.5

24.80

3

Splashe Mele Bulls

2

0.94

17.77

0.0

18.72


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