Beverly Hills women’s island cricket team have for the first time played in the grand final of a women’s Island Cricket Competition since they joined the program in 2017.
Vanuatu Cricket welcomed the Beverly Hills mothers into their Women’s Island Cricket program (WICP) in 2017 after multiple attempts from the community to join the program.
This year the team claimed second place in the Women’s Island Cricket opening knockout after defeating an experienced Seaside team in the semi-finals and losing to Mele in the final.
Beverly Hills faced off with Mele in a grand final match that could have been won by either teams. Mele won the toss and opted to bat first with hopes to set a high target score for Beverly Hills to chase.
Mele got off to a good start and set a target of 85 runs to win for Beverly Hills at the end of the first innings.
Beverly Hills with the excitement of making the final went out on the pitch in high spirits and played their hearts out chasing their target score. Mele with a fight on their hands, managed to hold Beverly Hills down by a very small margin (19 runs) to claim the victory.
The competition was a success for the Mele team however, it proved to be an even bigger success for the VCA and Beverly Hills because it shows that the Women’s Island Cricket Program has a huge impact on participating communities and that women can excel in and enjoy cricket.
Maeva Langa was awarded as the player of the match for her outstanding knock with the bat during the final.
The VCA would like to acknowledge the communities that have participated in this Women’s Island Cricket competition and the Australian Government for funding this program through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program (PSP).