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Fiji Captain Gains Sponsorship

Fiji U19 cricket captain, Saimoni Tuitoga has been offered a full gear sponsorship by Australian cricket company Custom Sports based out of Queensland to assist with his preparations for the U19 World Cup in February next year in Bangladesh.

The 18 year old will be the first age grade player to achieve a full sponsorship which will include cricket bats, gloves, batting pads, wicket keeping pads, wicket keeping gloves and clothing.

“I am honoured to be using their brand and very grateful to Custom Sports for giving me this opportunity”, young Saimoni said.

Custom Sports Director, David Macoun first got in touch with Cricket Fiji with the hope of assisting the organisation in purchasing equipment and was instantly intrigued about the struggle each player faced and was keen to assist.

“Saimoni is a great prospect for Cricket Fiji I wish him and the team all the best for the upcoming carnival and hope this is the beginning of a long standing relationship with Fiji Cricket and Custom Sports. I willing to make a sponsorship available every year” said Mr Macoun.

Cricket Fiji High Performance Manager, Joe Rika was thankful to Mr Macoun and said that this would be career changing moments in player’s lives to know they were appreciated for their achievements even abroad. Continue reading Fiji Captain Gains Sponsorship

The Demise of Finger Spin

Throughout recent generations of boundary culture we have heard the consistent plea from inside commentary boxes, upper tiers of the stands and in dressing rooms up and down the country asking why England is witnessing a superior demise in the availability of top class slow bowlers for the longer format? supporters and professionals alike find themselves guilty in this belligerent claim despite the reasons for cause standing in plain site, in the form of a white ball cricketer, stood willingly at the crease, prepared to entertain.

for 16 Tests Moeen Ali has provided a fair substitution whilst we search for a more justifiable replacement, his 45 wickets at an average a shade over 36 (36.04) speaks volumes of the importance of slow bowling, regardless of conditions. Despite these numbers and without undermining the Worcester mans talent and contributions it is near impossible for any lover of the game to argue his description is much more suited to batting allrounderas opposed to the reverse.

Test match cricket is no doubt moving forward and we often hear the word brandused by captains and coaching staff alike to describe their aggressive intent to win at all costs, with this we have witnessed the natural merge in tempo from the one day format, particularly evident in the run rates with the average for the 2015 Ashes Series at 3.74 an over, in comparison Moeens 420.4 overs have thus far run a cost of 3.85 runs per over bowled (4.41 in the 2015 ashes series). The role of the modern day spinner is often diverse and has been for many years, ranging from all out attack with men around the bat to the much more negative task of restriction. In either case there is a strong argument to say the jury is still out on Alis credentials. Continue reading The Demise of Finger Spin

Final of the Fijian Cricketers returns home

Earlier this month, the Cricket Fiji senior men’s squad travelled to Essex, England to compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division 6 event. Fiji had qualified for the event with a blistering performance, being crowned champions of the ICC World Cricket League qualifiers held in Lismore, Australia in late 2014.

After a week of competition, finishing with two huge wins over Botswana and the Cayman Islands, the team returned to Fiji on the 16th of September. With much excitement in the team, Lauan born Fijian fast-bowler Sakiusa Dokosabau had unfortunately missed his connecting flight from Korea to Fiji. Unable to secure a new flight on the same day Cricket Fiji management contacted the Fijian Embassy in South Korea who kindly offered to look after the player until his return to Fiji.

With Saki scheduled to arrive in Suva tomorrow morning, Cricket Fiji would like to extend a huge Vinaka Vakalevu to all the staff in the Fijian Embassy in South Korea for looking after a fellow Fijian in an unforseen circumstance. Cricket Fiji administration, management and players are excited by having one of it’s stars Saki back in Fiji so the celebration can officially begin after a successful tournament in England. Continue reading Final of the Fijian Cricketers returns home