Blues Defeated By Jersey
The Fiji Blues have suffered their second disappointing defeat at the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in Nepal after being defeated by Jersey on Sunday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat the blues wasted the opportunity to build a competitive total with poor shot selection and an inability to build partnerships.
The Blues openers successfully negotiated the first ten overs without loss putting on 34 runs in the process. However, they soon fell into old habits by losing wickets in quick succession and moved from 0 for 34 to 5 for 51.
Jikoi Kida (25) and Iniasi Cakacaka (25) then did their best to salvage a score for the Blues by putting on a 50 run partnership but their good work went to waste when they fell within two bal of each other.
Both wickets were the result of poor shot selection at a time when they looked like getting on top of the Jersey bowling attack. Greater patience and a willingness to look for singles rather than big shots would have seen their partnership gain greater reward.
Peni Rika showed some patience before holing out with a poor swipe at a ball while Maciu Gauna inexplicably tried to take a run on a leg bye that ended up in the hands of first slip and was found well out of his crease.
The innings ended with the score on 122 when Viliame Yabaki was unluckily run out as a Lee Waqa straight drive deflected off the bowler’s foot and onto the stumps, leaving the Blues far short of a competitive total.
Defending a meagre total the Blues’ bowlers didn’t bowl well enough to trouble the Jersey batsmen. Once again they bowled too much down leg side and were too short on the slow pitch.
Jersey openers Morrison and Hague each scored 52 in a 108 run opening partnership that ensured a comfortable victory for their team.
Iniasi Cakacaka was the only bowler to take a wicket when he had Morrison caught by Viliame Yabaki but it was a disappointing performance from the Blues who will need to improve dramatically if they are to retain their place in Division 5.
After a rest day on Monday they will face Singapore on Tuesday at the Engineering College ground.
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