THE national cricket side finished third at the ICC East Asia Pacific T20 Cricket Senior men's tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.
Yesterday, Fiji lost in their last round robin match to Vanuatu by eight wickets to bow out of the competition.
Fiji batted first and were all out for 98 runs in 17.4 overs at the Waikaraka Park. In reply, Vanuatu reached 99 runs in 13.2 overs after the loss of three wickets.
National team manager Sonny Henderson said they managed to finish better than last year.
"Last year, we finished fifth in the tournament and this time, we managed to finish third so despite the loss, we see one positive outcome," he told Times Sport from New Zealand.
He said the team missed the services of four Army club players who were denied visas to New Zealand.
"They were like four of our key players and we missed their services today.
"Also our batting let us down and we were impatient in the match and at the end of the day, the better team won," he said.
Henderson said the team would return home tomorrow and from next week would begin preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in Bostwana, Africa, in April.
Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea successfully retained the East Asia Pacific T20 Cricket Senior men's competition after beating Vanuatu by five wickets in the final yesterday afternoon.