No training for cup champions

Moce cricket players and officials with the Crompton Cup on Moce Ilsand in southern Lau last week. Picture: MELA KATONIVUALIKU

THE keepers of cricket’s Crompton Cup for the past three years is looking for an alternative venue to train after their cricket pitch on Moce Island in southern Lau cannot be because of the location of solar panels beside the pitch.

A team from this newspaper visited Moce Island last week and saw that houses beside the cricket pitch had solar panels, which was one of the reasons the defenders of the Crompton Cup had stopped training.

Team manager Jo Manara said they had raised the issue with the Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Tuitubou during one of his visits to the island a few months ago.

“We had raised the issue with the Minister for Youth and Sports but until today nothing has been done,” Manara said.

“Right now training is still on hold despite a few local competitions happening in Suva as we cannot train on our cricket pitch right here in the village.”

Team captain Maika Kamikamica said they would have to ask for permission to use the school grounds at Moce District School for training if nothing ws done.

“Some of the players are in Suva and I know they are doing their own training but it’s the few of us based here in the village that need to train,” Kamikamica said.

Kamikamica said they had defended the Crompton Cup for the past three years and hoped to continue their winning streak.

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