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Samoa claim gold in thriller with PNG

The Samoan women’s cricket team have taken the gold medal at the 2015 Pacific Games in a nail biting match at Amini Park.

After defeating Vanuatu in the semi-final this morning, Samoa’s bowlers managed to restrict PNG in difficult conditions to claim victory by 3 runs.

In front of a vocal home crowd, the PNG Lewas were on top early with Samoa 3/20 before captain Regina Lili’i and Faela Pula combined to steady the innings.

Regular wickets continued to fall with Samoa eventually making 103 off their 20 overs. Lili’i was the top scorer with 30 while Tanya Ruma took 3/11 for PNG.

PNG’s run chase started strongly with openers Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea continuing their good form putting on 37 for the opening wicket.  But Morea’s departure triggered a collapse of 5/21 and saw the momentum swing to Samoa.

Tanya Ruma’s 23 off 28 balls almost saw the PNG Lewas home before they fell agonisingly short on home turf. Marita Paulo took 4 crucial wickets to finish with 4/23. Continue reading Samoa claim gold in thriller with PNG

Vanuatu and New Caledonia hope to shine at Pacific Games

The Vanuatu and New Caledonia women’s cricket teams are determined to make their presence known in the Pacific Games starting next week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Vanuatu Coach Chris Moran said that the team has had a strong build-up for the Pacific Games.

“Our early preparation was hampered by cyclone Pam, but since then the team has trained well. The new practice nets have made a significant difference to the way the girls have been able to train and all squad members have made improvements to their skill level,” Moran said.

“We have been lucky to have had visits by the New Caledonian team and the Melbourne Cricket Club, both giving us much needed game practice. As part of our preparation the National Women’s Squad participated in the Under 17 boys competition as well,” Moran added.

“Batters who are in good form at the moment for our team are Leimaure Chilia, Rachel Andrew and Marcelina Mete while the bowlers to keep an eye out for are Rachel Andrew, Ruth Kaltongga and Valenta Langiatu,” Moran concluded. Continue reading Vanuatu and New Caledonia hope to shine at Pacific Games

Overseas based Fijian brothers arrive for ICC World Cricket League

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