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Army wins back cup

Arin Kumar
Sunday, January 12, 2014

ARMY reclaimed the Perpetual Cup after beating holders Yadrana by five wickets during the Suva Cricket Association weekly competition.

Ironically, it was Yadrana that Army had lost the title to early last year.

Yesterday, Army won the toss and sent Yadrana to bat first at Albert Park ground one.

Yadrana was all out for 70 runs in 15 overs with captain Samu Draunivuci as the top run scorer with 39 runs.

National rep Kitione Tavo was the best bowler for the Army side as he claimed five wickets for 25 runs in its innings.

Army managed to reach 72 runs for the loss of five wickets in 11 overs with Mesui Talebula contributing 20 runs and Sakaraia Lomani adding 19. Both batsmen were not out in the innings.

Draunivuci, the best left-handed bowler in the country, claimed three wickets for 15 runs.

Association president Adriu Misiki said the match lived up to expectations.

"It was not an easy win for Army," he said.

"Yadrana started the match off on a high note and then when it was Army's turn to bat, their top batting order collapsed very fast.

"Their top four batsmen were dismissed for a combined total of 23 runs and then it was Talebula and Lomani's partnership that helped them win the match and the title."

Army will now hold the Perpetual Cup for the next two weeks.

"Their opponents for the challenge will be determined after we complete the promotion/relegation matches next weekend."

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