Suva and Moce Confirm Semi Final Places on Rainy Day 2 of Easter Tournament

Suva Warriors, Suva Crusaders and Moce confirmed their places in the Easter Tournament semi finals with wins on day 2 of the tournament.

The Warriors’ defeat of Western Sharks and Moce’s comfortable victory over Oneata means they have confirmed their places in the top two of Pool 2 regardless of the day 3 results.

Suva posted an impressive total of 6 for 135 from their 20 overs against Western Sharks at the Army Barracks ground.

Samu Draunivudi (25) and Joeli Mateyawa (21) were the top scorers for Suva, but there were also important contributions from Noa Acewei, Kitione Tavo and Taniela Naulivou, while all rounder Sakarai Lomani contributed an unbeaten 11 at the end of the innings.

Seru Tupou was the best of the Sharks bowlers claiming 1 for 13 from his four overs.

Chasing the imposing total the Sharks bats never got going as they were skittled for just 30 runs.

In an impressive all-round performance, Draunivudi backed up his batting by claiming 3 for 2 from his four overs, while Lomani chipped in with 2 for 4 from 3 overs.  Mateyawa and Tavo also claimed some wickets in a match where the all-rounders performed well.

The 105 run win left Suva at the top of Pool 2 after two rounds, ahead of Moce on net run rate.

Moce also recorded a comfortable win at Albert Park against near neighbours Oneata.

Oneata batted first and scored just 28, with Alipate Waqarua top scoring with 7.

Cakacaka Sau took 6 for 10, while Taione and Tagilala took two wickets each to leave an easy run chase for their batsmen.

Moce got the runs comfortably with Taione top scoring with 13, while Vava was the pick of the bowlers taking 1 for 10.

In the afternoon matches Friends United and West Tigers had an important match abandoned after just six overs due to rain.  Tournament officials are looking at the possibility of re-scheduling the match, but if it can’t be arranged the match will be declared a no-result with each team scoring one point.

The afternoon showers weren’t enough to cause the cancellation of the Komo v Suva Crusaders match at the Army Barracks ground.

Komo batted first and despite a short rain interruption they were all out for 90.  Atunaisa Bale followed up his half century on the first day with another hard hitting innings of 32 to top score for his team.  Moce Vakaca also contributed 14 to steer his team towards a competitive total.

Fiji Blues leg spinner Viliame Yabaki then cut a swathe through the Komo batting line up taking 5 for 28 from his four overs to leave the Crusaders with an achievable target to chase.

However, they didn’t have it all their own way and when the score was 6 for 45 the capital city side were staring defeat in the face.

With an innings total of four run outs, including a diamond duck for national team skipper Joe Rika, the Warriors were making it difficult for themselves.

A win to Komo would have left the Pool 1 table wide open while a win for Suva would assure themselves of a place in Monday’s semi finals.

In the end the Warriors got the runs but only just, reaching their target with just two wickets to spare.

Tawaloukuci top scored for Suva with 21 while Vakarau (18) also contributed an important innings to get his team over the line.

Bale (2 for 13) was the best of the Komo bowlers as he fought to get his team a win that would keep them alive in the competition.  However despite his good return and the run outs it wasn’t enough to get the desperately wanted win for Komo.

The best of Saturday’s games will see Australian side Friends United taking on the unbeaten Suva Crusaders at Albert Park in the morning.  Depending on the tournament committee’s decision (which will be confirmed on Friday night) it could be a must win game of the Australians.

CRICKET FIJI EASTER TOURNAMENT – DAY 2

RESULTS SUMMARY

MORNING MATCHES – FRIDAY APRIL 2ND  

Albert Park

Moce 2 for 29 (Taione 13, Vava 1 for 10)  defeated Oneata 28 all out (Waqarua 7, Cakacaka 6 for 10, Taione 2 for 3)

Army Barracks Ground

Suva Paper 1 Warriors 6 for 153 (Draunivudi 25, Mateyawa 21) defeated  Western Sharks 30 all out (Draunivudi 3 for 2, Lomani 2 for 4)

AFTERNOON MATCHES

Albert Park

Friends United v West Tigers – Match abandoned due to rain.

Army Barracks Ground

Suva Paper 1 Crusaders 8 for 90 (Tawaloukuci 21, Vakarau 18,  Loni 2 for 13) defeated Komo 89 all out (Bale 32, Vakaca 14, Yabaki 5 for 28)           

POINTS TABLES AT END OF ROUND 2

POOL 1

Played

Won

Lost

NR

Points

NRR

Suva Warriors

2

2

0

0

4

4.40

Moce

2

2

0

0

4

2.12

Western Sharks

2

0

2

0

0

-2.95

Oneata

2

0

2

0

0

-4.56

POOL 2

Played

Won

Lost

NR

Points

NRR

Suva Crusaders

2

2

0

0

4

0.95

Friends United

2

1

0

1

3

1.10

Western Tigers

2

0

0

1

1

-1.5

Komo

2

0

2

0

0

-0.8

TOMORROW’S MATCHES

DAY 3 MATCHES – SATURDAY APRIL 3RD  

MORNING MATCHES – 9:30 am

Albert Park

Friends United                        v        Suva Paper 1 Crusaders

Army Barracks Ground

West Tigers                             v        Komo

AFTERNOON MATCHES – 1:30 pm

Albert Park

Oneata                                    v        West Sharks

Army Barracks Ground

Moce                                       v        Suva Paper 1 Warriors




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