It’s the final round of Suva cricket this weekend and the final opportunity for all teams to fight it out to either gain promotion or fall into relegation territory.
Yadrana heads into the final round of Premier Grade competition on 116.5 points, followed by the BSP Titans on 93.5 points. Army on 76.5 points, has just gotten ahead of Komo on 73.5 after being all tied up for several rounds. Rounding out the Premier Grade are VICC (65 points), Moce 2 (56), Sarafui (51) and Ono-I-Lau (50.5). With such close competition points it all comes down to the final game to decide who will be relegated and who will keep their spot in the top grade.
In the A-Grade, the competition is looking incredibly close with the Punjabi Tigers remaining on track for promotion to the Premier Grade on 146.5 points, followed by Suva Grammar School Old Boys on 103 points. The rest of the competition is tightly bunched with Covenant Bros (92), GMTM (89), Oniata (82.5), Heilala (80), Moce 1 (77.5), Nasaqalau (76.5), BSP Warriors (70), and Police (-1.5). Continue reading
Twenty women from Wailevu village graduated from Cricket Fiji’s second-ever Women’s Island Cricket project this past Monday.
The program, which is run in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and funded thanks to the Australian Sport’s Commission’s Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) program, aims to teach the high-risk group of middle-aged women about the causes of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which contribute to 80% of deaths in Fiji. The program uses cricket to harness the factor of physical inactivity, which is one contributing factor to NCDs, as well as explaining to the women the detrimental effects of smoking, alcohol and poor nutrition in interactive, theoretical programs.
Forty-seven women from the village just outside of Labasa signed up for the project, with 20 attending every medical screening and cricket session throughout the entire 20 weeks of the program. The project’s manager, Sara Elzahbi, said that it was extremely encouraging that so many women in the Macuata were committed to improving their health and lifestyles despite their commitments to their families and communities. Continue reading
Cricket Fiji has named an extended 19-member squad in preparation for the 2015 International Cricket Council’s (ICC) East-Asia Pacific (EAP) Under-19 Trophy, to be held in Blenheim, New Zealand, from February 25 to March 3.
The squad will commence an extensive training program next Tuesday, before breaking over the Christmas period and, continuing throughout January. The final 14-man squad to travel to New Zealand will be named on January 26, 2015.
Competing against Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa, the winner of the tournament will progress automatically to the 2016 U19 World Cup, whilst the runner-up will head to a World Qualifier to fight for additional spots in the main event. Continue reading