23 Feb 2017

Sport: Vanuatu, Fiji cricketers stay unbeaten

12:56 pm on 23 February 2017

Vanuatu and Fiji continued their winning ways at the East Asia-Pacific World Cricket League Qualifier.

Half centuries to Jonathon Dunn and Trevor Langa helped Vanuatu pile on 264 for 9 batting first against Samoa.

Samoan skipper Ben Mailata, Sean Cotter and Daniel Burgess each picked up two wickets.

But their run chase got off to a disastrous start when Sean Cotter ran himself out for a duck on the second ball of the innings.

Jelany Chilia was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 26 from his ten overs, as Samoa were bowled out for 128.

Vanuatu were too strong for Samoa in Bendigo.

Vanuatu were too strong for Samoa in Bendigo. Photo: ICC

Meanwhile Fiji overhauled Japan's total of 154 with five wickets and 11.2 overs to spare.

Riyad Khan continued his fine form with three wickets, while Josefa Balaeicicia also struck three times.

Sekove Ravoka top-scored with 44 not out as the Blues kept pace with their Melanesian rivals.

Both Fiji and Vanuatu have three wins from three in Bendigo, putting them two wins clear of the rest of the field.

The Philippines also recorded their first win of the tournament, beating Indonesia by six wickets.

A winner takes all clash for the title remains on the cards for Saturday, with Vanuatu taking on Japan today, while Fiji face Indonesia and Samoa meet the Philippines.