To the surprise of nobody paying attention to the tournament, Vanuatu and Fiji won again today in Bendigo to set up a deciding match on Saturday to see which of the teams qualifies for the next World Cricket League Division Five tournament.
Fiji took on Indonesia at the White Hills Oval, with the Fijians batting first after captain Jikoi Kida won the toss. They kept up a decent run rate throughout their innings, initially led by a partnership of 90 for the third wicket between Maciu Gauna and Imran Khan, the partnership ending when Khan was out for 50.
Gauna reached 77 before he was bowled by Ridha Aulia, as the run rate continued to climb. Aulia took three other wickets to finish with 4-56 as Fiji racked up 309-9 from their 50 overs, the highest total of the tournament so far. Indonesia struggled in reply and were bowled out for just 86 to lose by 223 runs.
In a low scoring match at Strathfieldsaye, Japan batted first after winning the toss against Vanuatu, and were bowled out for 79, Apolinaire Stephen taking 3-16. Vanuatu lost both openers early on in their reply, but recovered quickly and secured a six wicket win in 18.4 overs.
At the Weeroona Oval, the Philippines also batted first after winning the toss against Samoa, and were bowled out for 138, Daniel Burgess and Fa'afetaialealofa Vaaetasi both taking three wickets. Uala Kaisala then top scored with 41 as Samoa won by four wickets.
After a rest day on Friday, the tournament will conclude on Saturday. In addition to the deciding Fiji v Vanuatu match, Indonesia will play Samoa and Japan will take on the Philippines.
Fiji beat Indonesia by 223 runs
White Hills Oval, Bendigo, 23 February
Fiji 309-9 (50 overs, M Gauna 77, Imran Khan 50, J Kida 37, Ridha Aulia 4-56)
Indonesia 86 (39.4 overs)
Vanuatu beat Japan by 6 wickets
Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo, 23 February
Japan 79 (26.2 overs, A Stephen 3-16)
Vanuatu 80-4 (18.4 overs)
Samoa beat Philippines by 4 wickets
Weeroona Oval, Bendigo, 23 February
Philippines 138 (40 overs, D Burgess 3-14, F Vaaetasi 3-28)
Samoa 140-6 (32.2 overs, U Kaisala 41)