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Aiming for the Cup

Arin Kumar
Friday, March 28, 2014

THE Moce cricket side is looking forward to reclaiming the Cricket Fiji Easter Tournament title in three weeks.

The island side arrived in Suva last week and has been training at Albert Park for the competition.

Moce last won the title in 2012 when they beat Suva Warriors by 14 runs at the same venue. Prior to that, Moce had last held the title in 1999. They did not compete in the tournament last year because of financial constraints.

Team manager Cakacaka Sau said 2012 winning captain, Maika Kamikamica was back and would lead their campaign to win back the Crompton Cup.

"Also back is Makutu Seru who was the man of the match in the 2012 final and the player of the tournament as well," he said.

"Some other key reps in our side are Tagilala Rakuita, Kolinio Tawalokuci, Sekope Biau and Ganilau Kaiwai."

Overseas-based rep Maciu Babiau will join the squad in Suva on April 7.

Moce will compete in the Lau Conference qualifiers next week. Only the top three from the conference will feature in the Easter Championships.

"All our opponents are tough and we will not underestimate any team," said Sau.

Meanwhile, the Ono-i-Lau cricket team that recently arrived in Suva received a gift of $3000 worth of cricket equipment from the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Cricket Fiji development manager Saiasi Fuli said the donation was crucial to the Ono-i-Lau team which missed the boat to be in time for next week's qualifiers.

"Cricket Fiji then organised a flight for the Ono team," Fuli said.

"But the plane was too small for them to bring anything besides their personal gear; therefore, it was a life-saver for the team that the Prime Minister agreed to donate their equipment for the competition."

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