30 Aug 2011

Sport: Fiji and PNG cricketers start with a win in Noumea

10:36 am on 30 August 2011

Fiji's cricketers belted their way to a commanding 133 run win over New Caledonia on Monday to get their Pacific Games campaign off to a flying start.

Sakaraia Lomani led the way with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 77 as the Blues posted 212 for 4 from their 20 overs.

18 year old spinner Viliame Yabaki then took three wickets in his first two overs to help skittle the hosts for just 79.

In the days other game favourites Papua New Guinea saw off Vanuatu in a much closer affair.

After restricting the Melanesians to just 103 runs from their 20 overs the Barramundi's started their run-chase well, reaching 63-3 from their first ten overs.

A wicket maiden from Andrew Mansale kept Vanuatu in the match, and a Jelany Chilia strike had PNG looking increasingly shaky at 5-87 before they eventually reached their target in the 18th over with four wickets in hand.

The round robin continues on Tuesday with Fiji up against Vanuatu and PNG facing New Caledonia.