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Former champs gunning for win

Arin Kumar
Saturday, January 11, 2014

FORMER champion Army will try to win back the Perpetual Cup today when it faces holders Yadrana in the Suva Cricket Association competition.

The two sides meet at 8.30am on Albert Park's ground one in a match which association president Adriu Misiki says will be the match of the season.

He said the two teams had been consistent performers in the premier competition and were in contention for the overall title.

"It's very tough to say which of these two teams will win," Misiki said.

"They are the two best teams in the competition and they both have a good set of bowlers and batsmen."

Misiki has picked Samu Draunivuci of Yadrana as one who could cause the biggest damage with the ball.

"He is still the best left-handed bowler in the country and has claimed a lot of wickets since the season started two months ago.

"He also helped Yadrana win back the Perpetual Cup from Moce I last weekend."

Some national reps will feature for Army which has not lost any game this season and are sitting at the top of the premier grade points table with 113.5 points.

"Jikoi Kida, Jone Seuvou, Sevuloni Baba and brothers Kitione and Tukana Tavo will be the key men for Army," Misiki said.

"Kitione is an excellent bowler and batsman and he has won many games single-handedly in the past."

Meanwhile, association vice president Alex Konrote said staff members of Cricket Fiji would assist them with the officiating for the remainder of the season.

"Cricket Fiji has stepped in to assist us with the scoring and will be providing three of their staff as official scorers for the remainder of the season — Ruci, Joanna and Lanieta," he said.

"They will have their own tent and will also have the scoreboard with them.

"Only team captains and managers are allowed into the scoring tent, however, we will allow nominated players from each team to sit and learn from the scorers should they wish."

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