8 Apr 2013

Sport: Vanuatu and Fiji maintain unbeaten start to Cricket League 7

10:29 am on 8 April 2013

Vanuatu and Fiji both made it two wins from two to go joint-top of the World Cricket League 7 tournament in Botswana.

Half centuries from Jonathon Dunn and Nalin Nipoko helped Vanuatu post a challenging 265 for 8 from their 50 overs, before Nipiko and Patrick Matautaava picked up three wickets a piece as Botswana came up 23 runs short.

Coach Peter Wooden says at just 17 Nipiko will only get better.

"He's a rising star for us. He was the player of the tournament in World Cricket League Division 8 in Samoa. He's a really fast learner - he missed out in the first game playing a shot that he probably regretted at the time but he came out there more determined in the second match and was our man of the match and just an inspiration to all the players."

Even though he's only 17, he leads by example and show a lot of leadership and the boys are really happy for him.

Fiji lost a wicket in the first over before a lower order fightback saw them through to a competitive 232 for 8 in their second match against Germany.

In reply, the Europeans lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for just 69, with Iniasi Cakacaka snaring 4 for 15 from seven overs.

The teams have a rest day today before an all-Pacific clash on Tuesday.