As the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup closes a chapter in the world of international cricket, the event has captured the imagination of the co-hosting nations, New Zealand and Australia. Both countries performed strongly and had put themselves in with a chance to be crowned World Champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 29 March in front of 90,000 and a global TV audience of over 1 billion people.
Whatever the outcome was to be, it is clear that the World Cup will leave a fantastic legacy for the game in the host nations by inspiring the next generation of players and fans.
The World Cup will also leave a legacy in the East Asia-Pacific region with NZ Cricket and Cricket Australia announcing they will be donating some of their proceeds from the event to a Facilities Fund to further develop the sport in this part of the world.
In conjunction with the ICC, the co-hosts have committed US$400,000 to go towards the installation of pitches and training facilities at the grassroots level.
The Facilities Fund will be available to Cricket Fiji and the eight other Associate & Affiliate Members of the ICC in the East Asia-Pacific region and will support up to 50% of the costs of approved projects. The remaining 50% is to be sourced from matching contributions of sponsors or local governments. Continue reading ICC Cricket World Cup to benefit Cricket Fiji
Amidst the hype and ecstasy of the Cricket Fiji U19 squad making the World Cup, the powerhouses of Suva Cricket clashed at Albert Park in the Semi-finals.
First up, the might of Army took on the BSP Titans in a 2nd v 3rd placed semi-final match. Army won the toss and chose to bat first, proving a masterstroke as they immediately attacked the BSP openers. In the first over alone, Army openers Tikoi Kida and Vuli Turaganikoro belted over 30 runs to set the pace. After only five overs, Army had raced to a damaging 81 runs. BSP were never able to contain the strong hitting of Army eventually finishing the 20 overs on 178 runs.
BSP came out to bat and started aggressively, determined to chase down the Army total. However, a strong bowling display, good fielding and too many runs to chase saw them all out for 107, and out of the competition until next year. Continue reading Yadrana and Army to clash in Suva Cricket Finals
Fiji has stunned the region with a famous five wicket victory over pre-tournament favourites PNG on the first day of competition at the 2015 Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific Under 19 Trophy. The win puts Fiji in the box seat to qualify for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.
Amazingly this will be the first time PNG have lost in the U19’s format in the history of the tournament, and the first time any Fijian side has beaten a PNG side in cricket since 2001.
PNG won the toss and batted against Fiji but immediately found themselves under pressure thanks to a blistering opening spell from Sosiceni Weleilakeba who claimed his sides first three wickets.
Struggling at 3-33 Sere Sam calmed proceedings down for PNG with a well-made 49. However when he was dismissed caught behind after a brilliant diving catch from Saimoni Tuitoga, PNG limped to all out for 133 off 36.5 overs.
Fiji began the chase with a defensive mindset as they tried to see out the PNG opening bowlers. However once the first wicket fell to a screamer of a catch in the slips from Vagi Guba, it triggered a mini collapse and Fiji went to lunch at 3-25 off 11 overs. Continue reading Historic win for Cricket Fiji on road to the World Cup