Fiji Defeats Indonesia - Finishes Third At Under 17's
Fiji’s Under 17 national cricket team, The Young Blues, have scored an impressive win over Indonesia to finish in third place at the East Asia Pacific Under 17 Cricket Trophy.
The win was sparked by a Man of The Match performance by all-rounder Naipolioni Gu who claimed four wickets and batted steadily to set Fiji up for the win.
Indonesia batted first after winning the toss but found themselves in immediate trouble.
Metui Yalimaiwai (3 for 27) dismissed both Indonesian openers early, leaving them reeling at 2 for 15.
When Gu claimed his first wicket shortly after, followed quickly by Yalimaiwai’s third wicket Indonesia were on the ropes at 4 for 18.
Wake (23 not out) was the only Indonesian to show any real resistance as Gu continued to work through the batting order, finishing with the impressive figures of 4 for 7 from seven overs.
In the end, Indonesia was dismissed for 86, leaving the Young Blues with a moderate run chase.
Heeding the calls of the coaching staff to bat patiently, the openers put on a 50 run partnership before Saimoni Tuitoga (12) was finally dismissed after a steady 88 minute innings.
In combination with Gu, who batted for 109 minutes before being run out for 19, they set Fiji on the path to victory.
Metui Daucakacaka (20 not out) steered the side home in the 23rd over to give Fiji an 8 wicket win.
High Performance Manager, Steve Jenkin, was impressed with the team’s performance.
“This is a young team and they have improved each match during the tournament,” said Jenkin.
“Today they bowled in the right places and got the rewards for it – three LBW’s and three bowled in the innings.
“The batsmen also showed the patience that is required at this level to bat sensibly and preserve their wickets. If they can keep playing like this a s they develop they will become a strong team.”
In the other match of the day PNG confirmed their status as the regional powerhouse with a 125 run victory over Vanuatu.