THERE'S another force to reckon with in Suva cricket. It could well turn out to be the battle of the forces this season and beyond.
Army have been the leading lights in the capital city for many seasons. That reign could, however, be threatened by the emergence of the lawmen.
Playing in their first season, challengers Police yesterday pulled off a shocker, defeating Moce Two by three wickets to capture the Perpetual Cup at Albert Park.
"This is a big surprise," Suva Cricket Association president Adriu Misiki assessed yesterday.
"Police has lifted the standard and competitive spirit of the game in Suva to another level ."
Holders Moce Two batted first and were all out for 86 with Ciga Duapati chipping in with 14 runs.
Sisa Ledua was Police's chief destroyer, taking three wickets for 12 runs. In reply, Police chalked up 87 runs for the loss of eight wickets with two overs, from the allotted 20, to spare. Uate Uluigalau was Police's top scorer with 18 runs.
"This is their (Police's) first season and they are already making a huge impression," Misiki said.
"This is good for the game. It's a lot more competitive."
The season began with HMT Army being dethroned by Yadrana. A few weeks later Moce Two took the cup from Yadrana and now it's in the hands of Police.
In other results, Ono-i-Lau beat BSP Titans by 89 runs. Batting first Fiji Fish Ono-i-Lau raked up 157 runs and in reply Titans could only manage 68 runs.
Army had it easy against Grammar Old Boys. The soldiers scored 209 runs with Tiko Kida (51 runs) and Parveenda Patel (50) the leading batters. Grammar was all out for 77 runs giving the men from Delainabua a massive 132-run victory.
Former Fiji rep Noa Nawai was in fine form taking three wickets for only eight runs and Gaurang Patel putting three of the Old Boys bowlers to the sword for 39 runs.
VICC beat Sarafui but match details were not available when this edition went to press last night.
Heavy rain in the afternoon saw the Yadrana versus Moce One and Nasaqalau and Green Energy Oneata matches called off.