25 May 2016

Sport: Mistakes prove costly for Vanuatu cricketers

12:14 pm on 25 May 2016

Vanuatu were left ruing what could have been after another heavy loss at the World Cricket League Five tournament in Jersey.

The Melanesians were restricted to 204 for 7 batting first against Oman, with Nalin Nipiko scoring almost half their total as he finished on 93 not out from 108 balls, including nine fours and three sixes.

In reply, Zeeshan Maqsood led the way with 130 not out as the top-ranked Omanians cruised to their target with nine wickets and 56 balls to spare with

But the President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, said things could have been different if they had taken their chances.

"We're very disappointed that we dropped the guy that made 130 in the second over and the third over but catches win matches. If we had taken either one of those catches the story could have been different, you cannot say. We had a couple of injuries with our quick bowlers and hopefully they will be back in action tomorrow and we will be able to take care of Nigeria."

Vanuatu lost their first two matches against Guernsey and Jersey and need to beat Nigeria and Tanzania to make the third place playoff, from which the winner retains their spot in Division Five.

Vanuatu players come together during a warm-up match in Sydney.

Vanuatu's cricketers during a match in 2015. Photo: Facebook / Vanuatu Cricket