World Cricket League comes to Samoa this week

A boys cricket team that competed in the Teuila Festival competition

By Unumoe Esera

APIA: Thursday 06 September 2012: Samoa is to host the World Cricket League starting this Saturday at the Faleata Oval.

The General Manager of the Samoa International Cricket Association, Andrew Flynn says many cricket teams from overseas will take part in the tournament including Vanuatu, Japan, Surinam, Norway, Belgium, Ghana, Bhutan and Samoa.

The first practice match for Samoa will take place on Tuesday 11th September, 2012 and they will play Vanuatu. The Under 17 and Under 19 teams will also be involved in the League. The second practice match for Samoa will be held the following day against Japan.

Andrew says the development of cricket in Samoa is going really well with about 7000-8000 people within the country now playing the sport.  They have also visited several schools and taught up to 4000-5000 students the game of cricket. By coaching the teachers they can then take it to the next level and pass on what they have learned to the students.

“We visited Savaii at the start of the year in the Faasaleleaga region. We are also involved in the Special Olympics and Fiamalamalama School. This Thursday we will celebrate Unified Day which is a day where all the normal schools and the disabilities schools can get together and all the students from both schools can play cricket together,” he said.

The practice matches will begin this Saturday from 12pm-5pm at the Tuanaimato fields next to the Sports Complex and it has been named the Prime Minister’s Eleven.