The East Asia-Pacific Qualifier for Division 5 of the World Cricket League began today in Australia in the Victorian city of Bendigo.

Vanuatu are looking for an immediate return to the World Cricket League after being relegated last year, and they took on Indonesia, putting them in to bat after winning the toss. Indonesia haven't played a 50 over match in almost 8 years, and the inexperience showed as they were bowled out for 82 with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Jelany Chilia was the pick of the bowlers with 3-10.

Vanuatu then clubbed their way to victory by 10 wickets in just 9.1 overs, Joshua Rasu scoring 52 from 26 balls and ending the run chase with a six.

At Canterbury Park, Samoa won the toss against Japan and asked their opponents to bat first. Japan - perhaps struggling to adapt to turf - were bowled out 144 in 44.5 overs, Masaomi Kobayashi top scoring with 27. Captain Benjamin Mailata was the leasing bowler for Samoa, taking 5-27.

Mailata then completed a fine all-round performance by scoring an unbeaten 58 from 52 balls as Samoa completed a seven wicket win in 25.3 overs.

At the Queen Elizabeth II Oval, the Philippines batted first against Fiji, scoring 180 before being bowled out in the 49th over. In reply, Fiji had scored 99-4 from 26.1 overs when it started to rain, with the Fijians ahead on DLS.

The tournament continues tomorrow with Fiji playing Samoa, Indonesia playing Japan and Philippines taking on Vanuatu.


Vanuatu beat Indonesia by 10 wickets
Dower Park, Bendigo, 19 February
Indonesia 82 (40.2 overs, J Chilia 3-10)
Vanuatu 83-0 (9.1 overs, J Rasu 52*)

Samoa beat Japan by 7 wickets
Canterbury Park, Bendigo, 19 February
Japan 144 (44.5 overs, B Mailata 5-27)
Samoa 147-3 (25.3 overs, B Mailata 58*)

Fiji beat Philippines by 6 wickets (DLS)
Queen Elizabeth II Park, Bendigo, 19 February
Philippines 180 (49 overs)
Fiji 99-4 (26.1 overs)