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Local meet attracts visitor

Arin Kumar
Monday, January 07, 2013

AUSTRALIAN tourist Glenn Pepper is keen on returning to take part in more cricket competitions in Fiji.

On Saturday, he helped the Yadrana side beat Army in the final of the Suva Cricket Association competition.

In Australia, Pepper plays for the Reedy Creek side in the Parkes Cricket Competition in New South Wales and he is also an umpire with the NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.

He said the competition that he saw in the semi-final and the finals is equivalent to top level competition in NSW.

"I was on holiday with my family for three weeks here and just on my last week, I found out of a competition here," Pepper said.

"I managed to talk to a senior player in the Yadrana team, Joeli Mateyawa and he invited me to play because I will leave the country on Monday (today) so I was really happy to try my hands on a sport I love in Fiji," he said.

"I think the competition here is terrific and teams like Army would be equivalent to the first grade teams in Parkes Cricket competition."

He said the only thing holding back the sport in Fiji was the lack of facilities and grounds.

"If they could improve the standard of the grounds and have more cricket pitches then the sport would grow faster.

"There is a lot of potential here, the players are really good and skilful and I think cricket has a good future here.

"I would make sure whenever I return to Fiji for holidays, I will come here and take part in more competition if the teams are willing to have me," Pepper said.