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Army retains title

Arin Kumar
Sunday, March 16, 2014

ARMY thrashed Yadrana to retain the Perpetual Cup and also maintain its unbeaten run in the Suva Cricket Association competition.

Both teams went into the match unbeaten however Army had the upper hand with the title and the top spot on the points table.

They asserted their dominance from the very beginning when they won the toss and elected to bat at Albert Park.

Army scored 117 run in their allotted 20 overs with Noa Acawei top scoring with 24 runs.

Former national cricket coach Joeli Mateyawa was the outstanding bowler for Yadrana as he took four wickets for 23 run in the over.

In reply, Army did not let the Yadrana batters settle in the match and claimed their first wicket in the first over.

As a result, all Yadrana batsmen were dismissed for only 34 runs and their top run scorer was Tikoisuva Bure with six runs.

Mesui Talebula was the top bowler for Army. He claimed four wickets for nine runs.

Kotoisuva Tuapati was second to him with three wickets for 13 runs.

Jone Seuvou took two wickets for four runs and Kitione Tavo took one wicket for four runs.

Army team manager Akuila Nawai said their game-plan from the very beginning was to upset the Yadrana batting order.

"We knew they were a strong side because they were the only team to beat us last season," he said.

"So we planned our batting order according to the strength of their bowlers and then when it was our turn to field, we knew they only had two good hitters and the rest would just knock the ball around.

"So we took out their top batsmen and then the rest of the wickets fell easily."

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