Brisbane based Fijian Cricketing brothers Karan and Kunaal Kumar have arrived in Suva ahead of preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Six competition in Essex, London in September.
The brother’s reside in Australia, competing in high-level grade cricket for the Sandgate-Redcliffe Gators in Queensland. Their return to Fiji and Fijian representative duties is an exciting prospect for Cricket Fiji, as the duo were instrumental in Fiji regaining entry into the World Cricket League with blistering performances in the 2014 international roster.
This impact was most significant in the ICC East Asia- Pacific men’s trophy in Lismore Australia in late 2014, where the brothers batting and bowling prowess helped secure wins over Indonesia, Philippines, Cook Islands, Samoa and Japan. The wins placed Fiji in the top two of the competition, and alongside Vanuatu, moved them inside the Worlds top 40 and into the World Cricket League Six in England later in the year.
At 21 years of age, Kunaal is set to be bought into the side as an all rounder; specialty fast medium bowler, while older brother Karan is expected to provide the clinical long innings batting needed for the 50-over format Fiji will adjust to in England. Continue reading Overseas based Fijian brothers arrive for ICC World Cricket League
The Samoan and Fijian Women’s cricket teams are determined to show their ability in the Pacific Games come July.
Samoan Coach Ian West said that preparations for the Samoa team are always tough as our players are spread across several different countries/cities.
“We have also lost three of our most important players, Nathalie and Moelagi Tuilagi from Melbourne and Hana Mauafu, who have been key players for the team in recent times. Fitness was the key area that let us down in Japan, all the players were made aware of that and I am hoping to see some major improvements in that department from our team,” West said.
“Our captain Regina Lili`i was the player of the year for the Auckland Hearts in the New Zealand domestic competition and must have been very close to being picked to play for New Zealand on their current tour to India. She is a key all rounder. Lily Mulivai is returning from a broken leg so is in a race to be fully fit for this tournament but at her best is one of the quickest bowlers around and can hit it a long way with the bat. Matille Tuilagi performed well in the last EAP tournament in Japan then went to play 6 months of club cricket in Auckland and put in some good performances with bat and ball,” West added. Continue reading Samoa and Fiji aim high in Pacific Games
The Cook Islands Women’s Cricket Team and Pacific MMI PNG Lewas teams are ready to leave a lasting mark in the Pacific Games come July.
Cook Islands Coach Alister Stevic said the Cook Islanders though an amateur side have the potential to perform well during the week-long women’s cricket competition in the Pacific Games.
“You do your best as an amateur side. The girls continued training regularly since returning from Japan in 2014. The last 4 months has seen regular weekly dedication from the players including chalking up 3-4 early morning fitness sessions with the Team Manager Carlene Mapu and 3-4 evening training sessions with Coach Patiiamai Ataela,” Stevic said.
Commenting on players to look for Stevic said he is excited to have watched the growth of youngsters Sala Matapo and Phillica Maruariki. “Phillica is an aggressive batter who fits perfectly with the style we like to play in our Twenty20 cricket. Sala is a technical batter and her rise to prominence as one of the country’s best batters has been exciting,” Stevic added.
Vice Captain of the team, Marii Kaukura said the “women’s cricket in the Cook Islands is ever increasing in its popularity and as a team we are proud to be at the forefront of inspiring another generation of young female cricketers to represent our great country. If we give our all in every match – we will make our nation proud!” Continue reading Cook Islanders Womens Team and Pacific MMI PNG Lewas looking to make a mark in the Pacific Games