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Historic win for Cricket Fiji on road to the World Cup

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

Fiji arrive in NZ ahead of World Cup Qualifiers starting tomorrow

The Cricket Fiji U19 squad and coaching staff have arrived in Blenheim, New Zealand, ahead of day one of the Pepsi ICC EAP U19 mens trophy event and 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

The team will play against Samoa, Vanuatu and PNG with the Winner being crowned the top U19 side in the East Asia- Pacific region. On top of this, the winner will also gain automatic entry into the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to play alongside Australia, England, India and others to be held in Bangladesh in 2016.

Game one for Fiji will be a one-day game tomorrow morning against strong cricketing nation Papua New Guinea. Followed by Vanuatu on the 25th of February and Samoa on the 27th. The team who finishes first will be automatically crowned the winner, but will still play the fourth ranked team in a friendly match on the 28th. The second and third placed teams will have a sudden death match also on the 28th, with the winner being crowned both runner-up and gaining a second chance to play other nations later in the year for a spot in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

“We’ve trained hard in Suva and New Zealand and are confident that with the squad and training structure we have, can put on a strong performance against the other sides”. Continue reading Fiji arrive in NZ ahead of World Cup Qualifiers starting tomorrow

Squads Announced for Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific U19 Trophy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) office today announces the final squads for the 2015 Pepsi ICC East-Asia Pacific U19 Trophy to be held at Horton Park in Blenheim, New Zealand from 24-28 February.

The teams competing in the tournament are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa. The event was last held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in July 2013, where PNG defeated Vanuatu in the final with the Fijians coming third.

The tournament champions will advance directly through to the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

In a change in format from the 2013 edition, the team that finishes second will still have the opportunity to book a place in the World Cup via a global qualifying event against nations from the other four regions of the ICC. Continue reading Squads Announced for Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific U19 Trophy