26 Jul 2013

Sport: Vanuatu win three straight at World Cricket League 6

11:16 am on 26 July 2013

Vanuatu have won their third straight match at the World Cricket League 6 tournament in Jersey, with a sharp effort in the field laying the platform for a five wicket win over Kuwait.

The winless Arabians made a strong start, racing through to 47 without loss inside seven overs before Patrick Matautaava's first wicket triggered a collapse.

From there the wickets began to fall regularly with man of the match Nalin Nipiko bagging four and spinner Jelany Chilia three wickets for four runs in two and a half overs as Kuwait were dismissed for 107, a total Vanuatu overhauled with more than 23 overs to spare.

Head coach Peter Wooden says the 21 year old Chilia continues to impress.

"He's been working with the Australian Under 19 team on a talented athlete scholarship, accelerated scholarship. His progression over the past 12 months has been incredible and I think he's certainly been noticed by Cricket Australia for his talents and he's continuing his good work here. He's such a good thinker of the game and he loves the game and just wants to learn. When you combine all those three things it makes you a very good cricketer."

In the other matches, Nigeria thrashed Bahrain by eight wickets while hosts Jersey also had an eight wicket win against Argentina.