2011 Women’s Tri Series Launched
The 2011 Women’s Tri Series commenced on Monday 11 April at Independence Park despite the grey weather. North Coast Zone Women won the toss and opted to field first. Although Fiji lost the early wicket of Mafi Kala, Hartford steadied the ship and made 53 runs. In total Fiji lost only four wickets and made 136 runs in their 20 overs. North Coast Zone Women bowled well with four players taking one wicket each. They began their run chase steadily, recording 0/26 before the weather forced the umpires to abandon the match. On Duckworth Lewis Fiji won by 6 runs.
In the second match Fiji played Vanuatu. This was the first time that the Digicel Vanuatu National Women’s team played, and they knew that Fiji would always be a strong opponent following their participation in the knock-out tournament to qualify for the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Women’s Cricket Trophy. Fiji won the toss electing to bat. Kaiwai top scored with 29 runs followed by Hartford with 19. In their 20 overs Fiji made 159. Alvina Chilia, captain of the Digicel Vanuatu Women’s team was the best of the local bowlers taking 2/26. Batting in reply Vanuatu performed admirably but could not match Fiji’s strength with the bat. Nevertheless the team has many positive points to continue building on throughout the week of the 2011 Women’s Tri Series.
Tuesday 12 April will see North Coast Zone play two matches; the first game against Vanuatu and the afternoon match against Fiji.
PHOTO: Vanuatu National Women’s Cricket Team