3 Jul 2013

Sport: Fiji win low-scoring opener at EAP U19 Champs

10:40 am on 3 July 2013

Fiji opened the East Asia-Pacific Under 19 Trophy with a convincing four wicket win over Samoa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The match was reduced to 20 overs per side after a lengthy rain delay.

On a bowler friendly pitch, medium pacers Saimoni Tuitoga and Cakacaka Tikoisuva shared six wickets as Samoa were bowled out for just 32.

In reply, Fiji reached their target with 25 balls to spare.

Fiji coach Joe Rika says there's a lot to work on but they'll take the win.

"Obviously we didn't bat as expected but I'm really happy in how we fielded and bowled out there in the first innings. We worked a lot on it - obviously we've identified that we've got to improve with out batting but it's always hard with the first game and it's a process with these boys. We've got another two years left for these guys to build and it's a good start with them to start off with a win."

Samoa coach Geoff Clarke says their batting cost them.

33 runs was never enough but I actually think if we'd got about 50 to 60 that would have been a competitive score and we may have won the game but it's hard to win games when you bowl 15 wides and you've only got 33 board.

The winner of the Tri Series, which also features Vanuatu, will take on Papua New Guinea in the EAP Under 19 final on Monday.

The Garamuts lost a warm up match against New Zealand by 133 runs in Darwin on Tuesday.