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Suva cricket leaders remain unchanged

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

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Eight nations touch down in Lismore

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

Fiji players with the team from the Wanderers Cricket Club.

Fijians lose first match in Brisbane

Fiji have suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of the Wanderers Cricket Club in their first game of their training camp ahead of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) East-Asia Pacific (EAP) regional Twenty20 World Cup and 50-over World Cricket League Qualifiers in Lismore next week.

Held at Brisbane’s Marchant Park, the Fiji boys faced some tough opposition, with the Wanderers being a team of former and current first- and second-grade cricketers from Queensland’s Grade Cricket competition.

Fiji won the toss and elected to bat, but openers Joe Rika and Makutu Seru fell early.  However Giles Smith and Rabici Lesuma steadied the innings, and all middle-order batsmen followed suit, each contributing a solid amount of runs.  Joining the squad from his base in Wollongong, Maciu Gauna top-scored for the Fijian innings, with 63 runs, only succumbing his wicket in the final over of the innings in a hunt for some extra runs.  After a shaky start, Fiji was dismissed for a respectable score of 228, setting up a competitive chase for the Wanderers. Continue reading