Moce and Suva Warriors Win Semi Final Matches
A determined Moce team has earned a place in the Easter tournament final against Suva Warriors with a convincing win over Suva Crusaders in the Monday morning semi final.
Thanks to a five wicket haul from Sekope Biaunicava and a hard hitting 32 from Cakacaka Sau the Lau Islanders overcame a Crusaders team full of Fiji internationals.
The Crusaders batted first and looked set to score a big total thanks to solid contributions from their top order.
Joe Rika (10), Iniasi Cakacaka (16) and Waisake Tukaha (17) all got starts and had their team well placed at 2 for 47 and looking for a big score.
However Biaunicava had different ideas as he decimated the Crusaders’ middle order with some accurate bowling.
Four of his five wickets were bowled as the Crusaders lost five wickets for just ten runs to leave them floundering well short of a respectable total.
The Suva tail eventually ground its way to a score of 78, leaving Moce the challenge of scoring four runs an over to win the game.
The Moce batsmen never looked in doubt of reaching the target. Cakacaka led the way at the top of the order with his steady innings that include 2 sixes.
Iliesa Tale (18) got his team close to the target and it was then left to Tiko and Motu to get their team home and a place in the Easter tournament final against Suva Warriors.
The Warriors earned their place in the final with a comfortable win over Western Tigers at the Army Barracks Ground.
The Tigers batted first and lost two quick wickets as Sam Draunivudi (2 for 6) struck twice in his first two overs to leave the Tigers struggling at 2 for 3 in the third over.
Sekove Ravoka (18) helped steady the ship in partnership with Tauyesa Vakarau (26 not out) but when Ravoka was dismissed by Sakaraia Lomani (2 for 14) it was the beginning of the end for the Tigers innings.
With only Vakarau showing any real resistance wickets tumbled regularly as the Tigers eventually crawled to 69 runs from their 20 overs.
The Warriors always looked in control in the run chase as Mesui Qalobula (31) piloted his team to their target with five wickets to spare.
The morning results set up a battle between two traditional cricketing rivals in Fiji – Moce and Suva – which should make for a great final.
EASTER TOURNAMENT – SEMI FINAL RESULTS
Moce 3 for 79 (Cakacaka 32, Tale 18, Tukaha 1 for 8) defeated Suva Crusaders 9 for 78 (Tukaha 17, I Cakacaka 16, Biaunicava 5 for 20) by seven wickets.
Suva Warriors 5 for 72 (Qalobula 31, Patel 2 for 19) defeated Western Tigers 9 for 69 (Yakarau 26 not out, Ravoka 18, Draunivudi 2 for 4) by five wickets.