The 2024 Pacific Cup wrapped up on Sunday, with the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Women’s team securing third place in a tournament marked by unexpected turns. The annual competition brought together Pacific nations, including Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the new addition Aotearoa Māori, competing fiercely for the coveted Cup.
Following setbacks against Samoa and Papua New Guinea earlier in the tournament, the team made a strong comeback with an impressive victory over the Cook Islands. This remarkable performance included Captain, Selina Solman and all-rounder Rachel Andrew setting new national records for the women’s team, with Rachel Andrew achieving the historic milestone of being the first-ever centurion, and Selina Solman securing a remarkable 5-wicket haul. This pivotal win ensured the team's placement in the 3rd place play-off, which took place yesterday morning at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Auckland, New Zealand, where they won by 23 runs.
Rachel Andrew earned the well-deserved title of Most Valuable Player in the tournament, thanks to her exceptional batting performance. Throughout the competition, she amassed an impressive total of 227 runs at an average of 45 runs per match, showcasing her remarkable skills at the crease.
The team is now gearing up for their upcoming challenge in April, as they prepare to compete in the T20 Women’s World Cup Global Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates. They aim to secure a spot in the prestigious T20 World Cup slated for October 2024.