Japan show fight, but succumb to powerful Fiji
By Russel james
Despite this defeat, the Japan team played arguably their
After winning their third straight toss, Fiji sent Japan
Wickets fell steadily however through out the middle order
with Vuiyasawa, Kamikaca and Maxwell all claiming two wickets.
Fijiís reply started poorly losing Iliesa Navatu in the second over for 5, before debutant Sekove Ravoka (24) combined with Colin Rika (16) for a 53 run partnership.
Japanese leg spinner Munir Ahmed joined the attack in the 18th over and proceeded to bowl Japan into a winning position by picking up three wickets in seven balls. At the end of the 23rd over Fiji were reeling at 5 for 87, requiring a further 50 runs for victory.
At this time the experience of Neil Maxwell (24 not out) came to the fore to assist Fiji to victory through an unbeaten partnership with Maika Kamikamica (26 not out).
Fijiís Vuetasau Vuiyasawa was named man of the match with figures of 10 overs, 2 for 22.
After the game Fiji captain Waisake Tukana said,
ďThis was another solid performance from our players,
Fiji now play Tonga in the final of the ICC EAP Cricket