Vanuatu defeat Indonesia to grab 2nd position
ICC Media Release
Vanuatu have grabbed 2nd position after the completion of the round robin stage of the 2010 Pepsi ICC EAP U17 Cricket Trophy in Vanuatu with a resounding victory over Indonesia at Kazaa Field today.
Vanuatu Captain Callum Blake won the toss and elected to bat in perfect conditions, looking to post a strong total for Indonesia to chase in the afternoon session.
The Indonesians however had other ideas and, with their usual enthusiasm and youthful exuberance, took 3 early wickets to have Vanuatu in deep trouble at 3/16.
Fajar (3/14) and Gede (1/29) bowled superbly with the new ball, continually putting the Vanuatu batsmen under pressure.
Ngwango and Nipiko came together and steadily built a partnership, daring running between the wickets coupled with both players ability to hit boundaries eventually pushing Vanuatu to a respectable total of 177.
After a confidence boosting win in Round 2, Indonesia began patiently against some excellent pace bowling from Callum Blake and Apolinaire Stephen, reaching 15 without loss before both openers departed without further adding to the total.
Wickets continued to tumble and while number 3 batsman Fajar followed up his 3 wickets with an unbeaten 40, Indonesia fell well short of the required 178, dismissed for 101.
Left arm spinner Angus Blake grabbed 3/21 while Man of the Match Philip Tastuki collected 4/25.
In the other match played today at Independence Park, an undefeated PNG team came up against a winless Fiji looking to gain their first points of the tournament.
PNG Captain Dogodo Bau won the toss and elected to bat, and PNG soon asserted their dominance, racing to 150 without loss before the drinks break.
Bau (80 from 82 balls) and opening partner Boge (85 from 56 balls) flayed the bowling to all parts of the ground, despite a solid fielding performance from the inexperienced Fiji team.
Sam (62 from 33 balls) and Pokana (30* from 12 balls) also batted well, PNG reaching a formidable 5 for 315 from their allotted 35 overs.
While Fiji were never really in the hunt to chase down the 316 required for victory, their young batsmen showed plenty of courage and commitment to bat for over 27 overs against the fearsome PNG pace bowlers.
Fiji's final score of 86 is the highest yet against the undefeated PNG team that are heavy favorites to win the inaugural EAP U17 title.
At Independence Park: PNG 315-5, 35 overs (Boge 85, Bau 80, Sam 62) Fiji 86 all out, 27.1 overs (Ifuda 4-21, Joseph 4-22) PNG won by 229 runs.
At Kazaa Field: Vanuatu 177, 34 overs (Ngwango 40, Nipiko 37, Fajar 3-14) Indonesia 101 all-out, 26 overs (Fajar 40*, P Tastuki 4-25, A.Blake 3-21) Vanuatu won by 76 runs.