OPENER Viliame Yabaki scored 62 runs with the bat for his HMT Barbarians but was not able to help his side win as they went down to Mobimedia Knights by 11 runs in the Cricket Fiji Elite Player League yesterday.
This was the second half century for the 21-year-old leg spinner from Moce in Lau.
Playing under clear skies after almost a month, the young Barbarians were not able to find the spark that had helped them thrash the Novotel Warriors by 282 runs last weekend.
The Knights, coached by Joeli Matayawa, won the toss and elected to bat.
Cricket Fiji development officer Joana Lesinawai said in the first innings the Knights were all out for 131 runs.
"In reply, the Barbarians were all out for 120 runs in 34 overs," Lesinawai said.
"During the chase, Viliame Yabaki scored his second half century of the league," she said.
This was the Knights second win a row in the competition as they had beaten the Sportsworld Bulls by 43 runs last weekend.
Cricket Fiji development officer Joe Rika said no semi-finals would be played in the Courts-sponsored competition.
"Initially, the semi-finals were to be played next weekend but now the top two teams will meet in the final on November 10," Rika said.
Cricket Fiji is using the Cricket Elite Player League competition to select a formidable national side for the East Asia Pacific competition next year.
Yabaki's performance in the League may see him drafted into the national side.