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Tigers out to end losing run

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE Western Tigers are aiming to break a decade-long losing jinx when the side participates in the Crompton Cup competition in Suva next month.

The last time a team from the Western Division won the prestigious cricket title was back in 1993.

The Tigers have named a formidable squad in a bid to get back to winning ways.

Lee Waqa who has been the star performer for the BSP Titans in the Suva competition has been roped in for the 13-member squad.

Chief selector Alvin Kumar said it was a difficult task to finalise the team and that the players were selected based on their performance.

"The team will be coached by Mosese Ravula and he will be helped by Rukesh Patel," he said.

"Rukesh coached the Lautoka under-19 team previously and is part of the high performance squad. Tu Waqa of Nakavu is the team manager.

"The squad has a mixture of young and senior players. The likes of Vilikesa Driu, Bruce Philips and Mosese have played in the Crompton Cup before and will have an important role guiding the younger players."

The competition will be played from April 14 to April 21.

Western Tigers Squad-Batsmen: Mosese Ravula (Moce West), Tunoa Salusalu (Moce West), Peni Mataniniu (Moce West), Tui Lakeba (Naseqalau Sharks); Wicketkeeper: Bruce Philips (Nakavu); All Rounders: Tauyesa Vakarau (Nakavu), Vilikesa Driu (Nakavu), Tomasi Cagi (Nakavu), Tui Vuna (Nakavu); Bowlers: Lee Waqa (BSP Titans), Sairusi Waqabaca (Naseqalau Sharks), Davu Lakalaka (Moce West), Viliame Ratu (Nakavu).

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