FIJI went down to Vanuatu by five runs in the opening match of the under-17 Pasifika Tri-Series in Suva yesterday.
The hosts won the toss and elected to field at Buckhurst Park yesterday morning.
Vanuatu scored 102 runs in their allotted overs after losing nine wickets with Maxim Stephen top scoring with 31 runs.
Josaia Baleicikobia and Talei were Fiji's best bowlers as they both claimed two wickets each for 15 runs.
In reply, Fiji's batsmen were made to work hard by the fast bowlers of Vanuatu.
In the end, all Fiji batsmen were out for 97 runs with Baleicikobia top scoring with 38 runs.
Vanuatu's Stephane Sandy took three wickets for 13 runs.
Cricket Fiji high performance manager Joe Rika said the competition began as expected.
"It's just the first day of competition but everything is looking good at the moment," he said.
"The two visiting teams (Vanuatu and Tonga) are enjoying the stay and Tonga is still in the learning phases so Fiji's development officers would work with them."
He said it was good to see the young players tour the region engaging in competition with each other since it's a pathway to their national teams.
Meanwhile, Vanuatu recorded their second win of the tournament when they defeated Tonga by seven wickets yesterday afternoon.