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The final of Cricket Fiji’s Easter tournament will be an all Suva affair after the final pool games were played on Saturday.
The main action of the day was at Suva Grammar where Suva 2 was playing Moce 1, with the winner to go through to Monday’s final against Suva 1. The match turned out to be the second thriller in a row for Moce as they fought to chase the Suva 2 total of 117.
Mosese Tale (19) and Vuli Babiau (11) got the islanders off to a good start but some cheap middle order wickets left Suva in a good position to polish off the game. Tukana Tavo took 3 for 29, while Malcolm Bossley took 3 for 39.
At 86 for 9 it all looked over, but like yesterday the Moce tail wagged, and Vulawalu Sigala and Tagilala Rakuita took the score beyond the 100 mark with a solid tail-end partnership.
However, when Vula hoisted Greg Browne to long-off it was all over as Joji Bulabalavu took a running catch that skirted the boundary. There was some confusion as to whether he had stepped over the boundary, but umpire Walesi took the time to check and then confirmed the wicket for Suva’s win.
At the Army Ground, Suva 1 finished their pool games in style with a comfortable win over Fiji West. Waisake Tukaha scored an impressive 56 in Suva’s total of 116 before Jone Sevou cleaned up the Fiji West batting order, taking 6 for 12 in the West’s total of 55.
At Albert Park, Tubou posted a strong 188 thanks to solid contributions from Jone Wesele, Joe Sorovakatini and Josefa Tuberi. Koli Mocevakaca took 3 for 24 and was ably supported by Ledua Viliame, whose 3 for 36 helped stem the Tubou tide.
In response the Moce 2 bats never got going. with only Volau Sefenaia (11) reaching double figures as wickets fell regularly. Iliesi Waqa was the main destroyer for Tubou with 7 for 19 in another impressive bowling performance, giving him 12 wickets in the past two games.
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