The National – Friday, June 24, 2011
KIMBE junior development side put on an exceptional performance to beat a Veteran side in the Queen’s Birthday Cup cricket challenge with a paltry total of 67.
Winning the toss, the juniors led by skipper Daure Sam were all out for 67 with only Koani Seri and Ted Vere reaching double figures of 28 and 10 respectively but managed to shrug off a strong attack by the veterans to restrict them to seven runs to claim victory.
The Veterans’ bowling attack led by Kevin Pune 4-10, Joe Kele 3-17, while Jimmy Ume and Leka Leka took two wickets each to clean up the top order down to the tail-enders.
However, chasing the total, the Veterans started on a back foot with their opening batsmen Donald Boga and Kila Iamo falling for ducks with some splendid bowling from the youngsters Charles Victor and Henao Trudi.
The Veterans’ skipper and inform batter Pune Aeari could only manage three runs before falling victim to promising young quick Absalom Salaungat.
Leka looked promising for the side showing some resistance with the bat but could only manage 14 runs, the highest for the Veterans.
With a wicket and seven runs remaining, the Veterans looked confident to wrap up match but when Kila Vere was run out it was all over leaving his partner Junior Tonaim lost for words as they only manage 60 runs.
The best bowlers for the youngsters were Jessie Tunion 2-9, Vere 2-7, Absalom 2-6 while Victor and Trudi collected four wickets among themselves.
The organising committee would also like to acknowledge various individuals, Sai Mayabona, Motu Kaiyola and Ben Tonaim for making the event a success.
The event will be an annual fixture.