Samoa’s hero – captain Ben Mailata stepped up but short

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Samoa has lost its first match against Indonesia at Downer Park, Australia while Fiji and Vanuatu remain undefeated.

Wins by Fiji and Vanuatu at the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific see them share the top of the table at the end of day 2 in Bendigo, while Indonesia recorded their first win.

In the all-Pacific showdown at Dower Park, Samoa chose to bat first and got off to a great start with an 85-run partnership for the first wicket.

However a batting collapse saw them those four wickets for just one run as Riyahd Khan took three wickets in one over on his way to figures of 4-36.

When Daniel Burgess departed for just five, Samoa were in deep trouble at 6 for 130.

But some big hitting from youngsters Maletino Maiava (37) and Tiafala Alatasi (35) helped Samoa to a competitive 7-205 from their 50 overs.

Yesterday’s hero for Samoa, captain Ben Mailata, again stepped up taking two early wickets to leave Fiji reeling at 2-5 in the fifth over.

However, Fiji’s experience and depth shone through with an 84-run partnership between Sekove Ravoka (58) and Seru Tupou (70) steering Fiji to a comfortable three-wicket win.

In today’s other matches, Vanuatu were far too strong for the Philippines, winning by 121 runs.

Vanuatu’s captain Andrew Mansale (66) and Trevor Langa (50) starred with the bat while Daniel Smith picked up three wickets for the Philippines.

Indonesia recorded their first win of the tournament with a 54-run triumph over Japan, their first victory over Japan in several years.

Man of the match Viraj Bhammar (71) struck some lofty blows on the Queen Elizabeth Oval to get Indonesia to 7-210 from their 50 overs.

Japan started well but struggled to match the required run rate as wickets fell at regular intervals to be all out for 156 in the 46th over.

All teams have tomorrow off with play resuming on Wednesday February 22nd.

Fiji won their crucial game against Samoa

The six teams are competing for a position in the ICC’s World Cricket League Division 5. All matches will be live scored through

The ICC is delivering the tournament in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo and with support from the Victorian Government through the Significant Sporting Events Program.

Summary of results:
Samoa 7/205 (50 overs) Kaisala (46), Cotter (42), R Khan 4/36 (10) defeated by Fiji 7/207 (47.5 overs) Tupou 70, Ravoka 58, Mailata 2/39 (10) by 3 wickets

Vanuatu 6/224 (50 overs) Mansale 66, Langa 50, Nipiko 45, D Smith 3/35 (10) defeated Philippines 103 (43.1 overs) Hill 29, Matautaava 2/11 (9), Chilia 2/12 (10) by 121 runs

Indonesia 7/210 (50 overs) Bhammar 71, Tadarus 36 defeated Japan 156 (45.1 overs) Takada 26, Budiarta 2/16 (4), Rubbi 2/19 (8) by 54 runs

Points Table:

Team Played Won Lost Points NRR
Vanuatu 2 2 0 4 3.207
Fiji 2 2 0 4 0.72
Samoa 2 1 1 2 1.075
Indonesia 2 1 1 2 -1.172
Japan 2 0 2 0 -1.586
Philippines 2 0 2 0 -1.594