Fiji and Samoa will face off at Oakes Oval tomorrow, to see which team will be the next to represent the East-Asia Pacific region in World Cricket League Division 6. Fiji had an easy nine-wicket win over Japan in the first semi-final of the 50-over competition in Lismore today.
Fiji, who finished top of the teams still in the running to qualify for World Cricket League Division 6, took on Japan, who qualified in fourth position. Winning the toss, Japan elected to bat, but had a horror start to the innings when their captain, Amigo Kobayashi, was struck in the ribs by a slow full toss from big Fijian opening bowler, Viliame Mana, on the first ball. He was carried from the ground, and taken to hospital for medical attention.
The show had to go on, and Kobayashi’s counterpart, Prashant Kale, did his fallen captain proud at the crease, standing his ground until the 30th over, amassing 46 runs. Wickets fell around him however, with Fijian spinner Riyad Khan once again creating havoc, taking 3-13, and Jikoi Vanualevu Kida also chimed in with a Man of the Match performance, with figures of 5-21. Continue reading
After another round of matches in the Suva Cricket Association’s club competition, Yadrana and the Punjabi Tigers remain atop their respective grades.
Another win as well as some bonus points sees Yadrana retain their place leading the Premier competition, on a whopping 70 points, followed by the BSP Titans on 63.5 points, and Army on 44, who are still a big threat to the competition as they are one game behind due to a bye. Rounding up the Premier Grade competition are Komo, closely trailing Army on 43.5 points, Sarafui and Ono-I-Lau, both tied on 29 points, and rounding out the competition, Moce 2 (24 points) and VICC (20 points). Similar to Army, Ono-I-Lau, Moce 2 and VICC are also all one game behind the rest of the competition at this stage.
In the A-Grade competition, the Punjabi Tigers are continuing to look a strong likelihood of spending the second half of the season promoted to the Premier Grade, currently leading the competition on 76.5 points. Their closest rivals are fellow newbies to the competition, the BSP Warriors, who are coming second to the Tigers by an astounding 20 points. Continue reading
The eight nations competing in the 2014 Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Men’s Trophy have arrived in Lismore, with final preparations underway ahead of the first day of play tomorrow.
With the top-ranked team at the conclusion of the round-robin advancing to next year’s ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland, there is more than just pride up for grabs in the 2014 tournament.
The region’s current top-ranked team, Papua New Guinea, fresh off historic ODI wins against Hong Kong in Townsville, have their sights firmly set on contesting another Twenty20 Qualifier in 2015. However, according to PNG vice-captain, Jack Vare, they are wary that things in Lismore won’t necessarily all go their way.
“Last time in Auckland we said to ourselves that we don’t expect to just roll over everyone in our region. We know other teams will provide a threat so we just have to be clinical in what we are doing and do the little things well.”
After finishing second in the previous two ICC EAP Men’s Trophies, Vanuatu are looking to go one step further in Lismore. With many of their players playing Australian club cricket in preparation for the tournament, as well as the team experiencing wins over local sides in Lismore, they appear confident to take down top-ranked PNG. Continue reading