26 Feb 2015

Sport: Batting a work in progress for Vanuatu cricketers

12:09 pm on 26 February 2015

Vanuatu cricket coach Shane Deitz admits their batting has been an issue during this week's Under 19 World Cup qualifiers, but says the players are gaining valuable international experience.

Vanuatu won their opening match against Samoa on Tuesday, despite being bowled out for only 140 runs, and were dismissed for 96 in Wednesday's five-wicket defeat by Fiji.

The playing wickets in Blenheim haven't been kind to the batsmen and Shane Deitz is hoping for favourable conditions in their final pool match against Papua New Guinea.

"Batting 50 overs will be a challenge for all the teams. In Vanuatu club cricket is only 32 overs so guys aren't used to batting for long periods of time, and the wicket yesterday was doing a lot early. It was an important toss which we lost and we got sent in so hopefully a fresh wicket on Friday will be better for the batters and they can capitalise and make a big score".

Fiji will seal direct qualification to next year's World Cup if they beat Samoa on Friday while Vanuatu and PNG are likely to meet again on Saturday in the playoff for second place.

Vanuatu players look on during the East Asia Pacific Trophy in Blenheim.

Vanuatu players look on during the East Asia Pacific Trophy in Blenheim. Photo: ICC East Asia Pacific