Undefeated Nukunonu and Fakaofo face off for Kilikiti championship
Tokelau Kilikiti champion Nukunonu will defend its title against Fakaofo this morning.
Yesterday’s epic win over Atafu, when Nukunonu batsmen chased down a mammoth 302, proved the best two sides will contest the trophy.
Nukunonu will be favoured to continue its undefeated run that dates back to the 2013 tournament when it won the final against Atafu without losing a match.
However, Atafu have reason to feel disappointed – that they have the side to win this tournament. In their loss against Fakaofo on Wednesday, they had the match in their grasp but then they crumpled when the pressure came on. In yesterday match, they would have been confident of victory when Laniheni hit a four to take their score to 302. But then they lost their last three batsmen without further runs.
In the run chase, Team Nukunonu showed composure and its championship quality when the pressure of early wickets threatened to undo their aspirations. When the big moments came, it was the Kilikiti renowned Tumua family who once again stepped up. Captain Have Tumua was relaxed and confident in steering the team, while cousin Pita Tavite emerged as the anchor to hold the innings and bring Nukunonu home comfortably.
It promises to be an entertaining and enthralling match with Fakaofo showing it has the mettle to soak pressure and the character to charge home with their no-fear attitude.
Today’s weather conditions is unpredictable. After a still night, the wind has picked up and there is possibility of heavy rain. Play could be delayed but when it gets underway, it will be an energy draining hot day.
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Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand. It is located in the Pacific Ocean north of Samoa and south of the Equator (9 00 S, 172 00 W). It is only accessible by boat, taking an estimated 28hours to reach the closest atoll, Fakaofo, a further three hours to Nukunonu, and another six hours to Atafu.
It is made up of the three small atolls named above, separated from each other by high seas. The total land area is approximately 12 km². The total sea area of the exclusive economic zone is approximately 518,000 km². The height above sea level is between 3-5 meters, the maximum width is 200 meters. Tokelau is therefore particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and impacts of climate change such as sea-level rise.
The population of 1499 (2016 census) is spread approximately equally among the three atolls (Atafu (541); Fakaofo (506) and Nukunonu (452). The traditional lifestyle was subsistence but Tokelau has moved to a cash economy. The only natural resource of any current economic significance is the fishery of the exclusive economic zone.
Tokelau has no main town; each island has its own administrative centre, hospital, school and basic infrastructure. There are no airstrips or harbours. Access is by ship only, through the Port of Apia, Samoa.
There are approximately 7000 Tokelauans living in New Zealand, and smaller communities live in Australia, American Samoa, Samoa, Rapa Nui, and Hawaii.