10 Apr 2013

Sport: Vanuatu a step closer towards World Cricket League promotion

11:33 am on 10 April 2013

Vanuatu have moved clear at the top of the World Cricket League 7 standings after beating Pacific neighbours Fiji by six wickets in their top of the table clash on Tuesday night.

Fiji made a solid start with the bat before a mid-innings collapse saw them slump from 79 for 2 to 88 for 7 in the space of ten overs.

Jone Seuvou added an unbeaten 37 down the order before the Blues were eventually dismissed for just 142 in the 44th over.

In reply, Vanuatu made short work of their run-chase with Trevor Langa and Damian Smith combining for a 95-run opening stand.

Man of the match Langa top-scored with 64 as Vanuatu reached their target in the 22nd over.

A top two finish will earn promotion and Peter Wooden says they're trying to remain calm.

"We're in a very fortunate position, through our previous games, so if we manage to play well and stick to our plans and come off with another win then we will stay in control. If we don't we've had some pretty good results so far so our net run rate will be very high but I wouldn't say we're nervous - we're actually quite excited by the challenge and we're not trying to get to far ahead of ourselves. We're just focusing on trying to improve our cricket each day that we play and improve ourselves and"

let the results take care of themselves.

In the other matches, Nigeria thrashed hosts Botswana by 171 runs and Ghana chased down Germany's 185 with four wickets to spare.

Despite their first loss, Fiji remain second in the competition standings, ahead of Nigeria who take on Vanuatu on Wednesday evening, with Fiji to face Ghana.