The Tusker Panthers and Paama Sharks lit up the opening weekend of T20 club cricket in the nation's capital with some extravagant batting as three hundreds were scored - all by
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Men's National Cricket Team players - across both men's games played last Saturday: Tusker Panthers 276/2 def Splashe Mele Bulls 30/6 by 246 runs. National men's team vice captain Junior Kaltapau (129 not out from 60) and Joshua Rasu’s (104 from 49) 244 run partnership capped of a very convincing win over the Splashe Mele Bulls with medium pacer Tony Tamata the pick of the bowlers collecting 5/11 from the three overs he bowled.
Paama Sharks 173/4 def Mighty Saints CC 53/7 by 120 runs. The second game of the day between the Paama Sharks and Mighty Saints Cricket Club included another brilliant hundred, from Jamal Vira (104 from 63) who guided the Sharks to 173/4 before a team bowling effort skittled the Saints for just 53 runs. In the women’s league the first match of the day between Tafea and Port Vila Hybrid resulted in a forfeit in favour of Tafea. Splashe Mele Bulls 151/9 def Ifira Blackbirds 97/10 by 55 runs. The second game however was a masterclass from the Splashe Mele Bulls and from Mele Captain Alvina Chilia whose 43 from 20 deliveries set the foundation for the Bulls' 151/9 with Ifira captain, Ruth Kaltongga’s, 3/24 the pick of the bowling. In reply Ifira struggled to put partnerships together and fell short with contributions from Kaltongga again and Leisau Andrew the pick of the batting alongside Tania Poungie's 4/20 helping the Bulls pick off the Blackbirds for 97. With the PCS Independence Cup knockout beginning next week the T20 club cricket competition will resume again August 6th.