THE Army cricket side retained the Perpetual Cup after thrashing Ono-i-Lau by nine wickets in the first challenge of the 2012/2013 Suva Cricket Association competition.
The match also marked the start of round two of competition at Suva's Albert Park.
The Fiji Fish-sponsored Ono-i-Lau side batted first and were all dismissed for 33 runs in nine overs with Peni Tavo their highest run scorer with 13.
Jone Seuvou took three wickets for six runs in two overs in the first inning.
In reply, Army reached 37 runs in six overs and they only lost one wicket with their top scorer being Taravinda Singh with 17.
In other matches yesterday, Moce I beat Oneata by seven wickets, Yadrana beat VICC by five wickets, Police lost to BSP Titans by 11 runs and Sarafui beat Moce II by nine wickets.
Association president Adriu Misiki praised Sarafui for their efforts in the competition because they had not won any games in the competition before November last year.
"They had been losing in the past three years, in November they won their first game which was a big surprise," he said.
"But they followed it up with more wins and reached the semi-finals and this time they won by a big margin and this shows their wins were no flukes and they are a team to reckon with."
Misiki said they expected Sarafui and some other teams to cause upsets later in the tournament.
"This is just the beginning of round two, competition will run for another eight weeks so we expect more upsets in the competition," he said.