10 Nov 2010

Vanuatu's cricket team advance to semi final meeting with Germany

12:23 pm on 10 November 2010

Vanuatu will meet Germany in the semi finals of World Cricket League Division 8 tournament in Kuwait, but their path to the final four proved more difficult than expected.

Another polished performance with the ball ensured the South Americans were dismissed for just 139 inside 48 overs, with Aby John, Patrick Matautaava and Simpson Obed sharing seven wickets between them.

However the comfortable run-chase many were expecting never eventuated with Lenica Matapei and captain Andrew Mansale both falling cheaply as the Melanesians slumped to 18 for 2.

Vanuatu eventually reached their target with seven overs and four wickets to spare thanks to a game high score of 46 from Damien Smith and 28 each from Obed and Matautaava.