9 Sep 2015

Sport: Vanuatu cricketers on brink of promotion, Fiji miss playoffs

11:56 am on 9 September 2015

Vanuatu is one win away from promotion after beating Norway by four wickets to reach the semi-finals of World Cricket League 6.

Nalin Nipiko bagged 4 for 30 as the Norwegians were restricted to 184 for eight from 50 overs.

Joshua Rasu anchored Vanuatu's run-chase with 95 from 93 balls at the top of the order as the Pacific Islanders cruised to their target with four overs to spare.

The Melanesians finished top of Group B and have an extra day to recover for the knockout stage after group rivals Saudi Arabia were denied entry into the UK because of visa issues.

Vanuatu players come together during a warm-up match in Sydney.

Vanuatu players come together during a warm-up match in Sydney. Photo: Facebook / Vanuatu Cricket

The President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, says now it's up to them to finish the job.

"The completion of the first phase of our campaign is to top the group and play off in the crossover semis with the second-ranked team in Group A, which will happen on Friday given that Saudi Arabia is no longer participating in the tournament. We will be using the day that we were scheduled to play Saudi just for refinement, some practice and a bit of relaxation".

Fiji's semi-final hopes are over after an agonising six wicket defeat to Suriname.

Opening batsmen Jikoi Kida top-scored with 89 but a lower order collapse saw Fiji lose their final seven wickets for 25 runs to be all out for 205.

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen Photo: Cricket Fiji

Suriname to reach their target with six wickets and two balls to spare and coach Shane Jurgensen says they have yet to put a complete performance on the park.

"That's probably been what's disappointing over the last two days is we haven't quite performed as a team in all the departments. Yesterday we sort of had a few of the boys let down the team and today it was a few other boys. It's not that I'm blaming anyone but it's just that we haven't really performed well as a team and that's the most disappointing aspect of the last two days".

Shane Jurgensen says despite being out of the playoff hunt they want to finish strong in their final match against Botswana.