South Pacific Games underway
After Saturday night's opening ceremony, the South Pacific Games got underway on Monday (the early hours of Tuesday UK time) and cricket is one of the sports featuring this year.
Five teams will contest the tournament; ICC members Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga in addition to hosts Samoa, along with non-member and French overseas territory New Caledonia. Those first four teams contested the first days play, with Fiji and Papua New Guinea picking up wins.
Papua New Guinea's opponents were Tonga, and PNG batted first. Arua Uda scored 48 at the top of the order, and Mahuta Kivung scored 42 in the middle order as PNG reached 149 before they were bowled out. Tonga never looked in with a chance, the top order falling to Loa Nou, who took 3/17, and the tailenders falling to Mahuta Kivung, who took 4/15 as they were bowled out for 94 runs, PNG winning by 55 runs.
Hosts Samoa batted first against Fiji, and Jone Seuvou ripped through their batting line-up with 5/12 as they capitulated for 81. Lautala Fuimaono took 4/31 in Fiji's innings, but they were the only four wickets to fall as Fiji reached their target in 18 overs.