Lakeba in cricket final

LAKEBA cricket secures in what was described by their manager Uate Soko as a special win after they beat Suva Crusaders by four wickets in the semi-final of the Men’s National Championship at Albert Park yesterday.

The two teams had scored 218 runs each.

Lakeba is the only one out of the nine teams from Lau that have progressed through to the final.

The Samu Draunivudi-led side struggled in the first few overs as a couple of their first up batsmen received ducks but they soon found their rhythm later on the game.

When all seemed lost two of their own sons Timoci Nadavu and Fiji rep Josefa Dabea took the responsibility to stabilise their chase attempt.

After a few impressive overs Lakeba managed to get back on track with some scintillating display of brave batsman-ship.

Due to the relentless pressure the Suva side finally succumbed to the pressure mounted by the Lakeba brigade.

Lakeba had the services of Fiji reps and squad members Peni Dakai, Joji Bulabalavu, Taione Batina and Fiji U19 rep Sowane Puamau.

Soko said this was a great achievement for them as it has been a long time coming.

“Many times in the past we have fallen short of the final but I thank the boys for writing a new page of their own in Lakeba cricket history this year,” Soko said.

He added their win meant a lot to all the people of Lakeba, those that lived in Suva and those back on the islands.

Lakeba will now face the Sydney All-Stars (165) who beat Suva Warriors (125) by 40 runs in what is expected to be a very competitive final.

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