Tafea Cricket Club defeated the North Efate Bushpigs last Saturday in the grand final of the 40 Over Domestic Shield after numerous delays due to unforgiving weather patterns, the impacts of Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin, and the Pacific Island Cricket Challenge tour to Fiji.
After a delayed start due to the wet weather, the North Efate Bushpigs made a commendable total of 150 runs losing their last wicket with four deliveries remaining in their allotted 33 overs. Team captain Ronald Tari made a significant contribution of 49 runs to the team total, followed by left-arm spinner Tim Cutler taking 3 wickets in the Tafea chase.
However, the Bushpigs were unable to subdue the fierce Tafea side – boasting five men’s national contracted players as well as Vanuatu all-rounder Nasimana Navaika in the team – who then responded making 154 runs off 26 overs with 4 wickets remaining, with all-rounder Godfrey Mangau contributing 27 runs to the team total and Shay Narai also taking 3 wickets.
Tafea Cricket Club had been unsuccessful in securing the 40 Over Domestic Shield for 12 years and were finally able to claim it along with a grand prize of 100,000 Vatu after defeating the Bushpigs.
Other Awards were also presented to:
Player of the Match - Darren Wotu
Top Run Scorer of the tournament - Jamal Vira
Top Wicket Taker of the tournament - Ronald Tari
Player of the Tournament - Ronald Tari