December 9, 2007

Vanuatu

Japan and Vanuatu qualify for World Cricket League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Japan and Vanuatu have qualified for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament following their wins in the final round of the EAP Trophy in Auckland on Saturday.

Japan ended the tournament unbeaten following their five-wicket victory against Cook Islands, while Vanuatu made it four from five with a 65-run win against Tonga. Andrew Mansale again led for Vanuatu, with 79 in a total of 226.

Samoa, meanwhile, consigned Indonesia to their fifth straight loss with a three-wicket victory with ten overs to spare. The ties were a replay of the washed-out fourth round.

Japan and Vanuatu will now head to Jersey in May 2008 to represent the East Asia-Pacific region in the WCL Division 5.

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Posted by Muhammad Ahmad on (February 3, 2008, 21:53 GMT)

Congratulations Vanuatu for qualifying for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5. Congratulation Mark Stafford, Pierre Chilia and rest of the gang. See you guys in New Jersey. Keep it Up.

Posted by chamara deeyamulla university of moratuwa,srilanka on (December 14, 2007, 11:43 GMT)

cricket is gentleman's game ... it should be spread all over the world.congratulations

Posted by Arjun Chaudhuri on (December 12, 2007, 4:39 GMT)

Cricket in Japan and Vanuatu should certainly get a boost following their qualification for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5. That teams like Cook Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu were able to display their cricketing skills in New Zealand – a Test playing nation, where the EAP Trophy was held, should also help them in garnering expert help for developing their cricketing skills.

The ICC can look to give special incentives and recognition to those individuals and organizations having concrete contribution towards global development of the game.

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