Vanuatu, Japan register wins on day one
ICC Media Release
Vanuatu and Japan have got their ICC EAP Under 19 Cricket Trophy campaigns off to winning starts accounting for Indonesia and Fiji respectively at the Maroochydore Cricket Club on Sunday.
Vanuatu cemented their place as one of the favourites for a top two finish defeating Indonesia by 8 wickets in a solid hit out for the boys from the Pacific.
"I think we bowled well in the conditions today," said Vanuatu captain Patrick Matautaava. "The ball was swinging quite a lot today and we used this well to our advantage."
Vanuatu made light work of an Indonesian side that had only arrived in the country less than 24 hours before by dismissing them for just 72 runs in a rain interrupted first innings.
The wickets were shared by the Vanuatu strike force with Jelany Chilia, Jaxies Samuel and Patrick Matautaava each picking up three in a terrific display of bowling. For Indonesia Muhaddis and Gaurav Tiwari offered some resistance with the bat each making 18.
Vanuatu passed the total with eight wickets in hand although faced some solid bowling from the young Indonesian team who could have been well in the game had it not been for a few dropped catches. Kendy Kenneth top scored for Vanuatu with 30 off 39 balls and was well supported by Callum Blake who chipped in with a composed 20.
Japan made a terrific start to the tournament by defeating Fiji by 24 runs in a match that saw the momentum frequently swing throughout the contest. In the end Japan's discipline with both the ball and in the field was enough to get them over the line.
"We really attacked well in the field today," said Japan captain Raheel Kano. "I think that was probably what won us the game."
Japan cautiously saw out ITS 50 overs to finish with a score of 9-138 thanks to some patient batting from Takumi Nomura who top scored with 34. For Fiji Noa Acawei was outstanding with the ball finishing with figures of 5-29 off his 10 overs.
In reply, Japan applied terrific pressure throughout the innings denying Fiji any opportunity to put together an extended partnership. Only Toko Bogidrau (29) and Josefa Gauna (20) kept Fiji in the contest until man off the match Raheel Kano cleaned up the tail in quick succession to have Fiji all out for 114.