East Asia-Pacific January 4, 2010

Bowlers mastermind first EAP win

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

East Asia-Pacific (EAP) has won its first game of this year's Australian Country Championships, beating South Australia by 66 runs in Albury on Monday.

A combination of another good bowling display and a crucial 86-run partnership between Chris Amini and Assad Vala gave the combined team a lift, three games into its campaign.

Defending 186, EAP had South Australia in early trouble at 3-46 before Andrew Mansale (3-21) and Loa Nou (3-22) ripped through the middle order to prevent any chance of a recovery.

Amini (51) and Vala (50) earlier combined to rescue EAP from a disastrous 3-38 after Masaomi Kobayashi, Vani Vagi Morea and Mansale fell cheaply. The Papua New Guineans combined to lift EAP to 4 for 124. Vanuatu all-rounder Patrick Matautau again proved his worth with a valuable cameo of 32 as EAP reached 187 from 44.5 overs. Amini, Vala and Matautau were the only batsmen to reach double-figures. The composite side's next match is against New South Wales on Tuesday before it has a rest day.

The surprise element of the tournament has been provided by first-timers, Northern Territory, who have won all three games to lead the tables. EAP stands sixth out of eight contenders.

50-overs match:
East Asia-Pacific 187 (44.5 overs) (C.Amini 51, A.Vala 50, P.Matautaua 32) beat South Australian Country 121 (38 overs) (A.Mansale 3-21, L.Nou 3-22, S Lomani 1-25, W Gavera 1-21) by 66 runs.
Points: EAP 7, South Australia 0

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Terry Jones on January 5, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    This is an excellent example of how associate players playing against better teams can improve the quality of associate cricket. Cricket Australia & Cricket NZ need to form a regional competition of state teams. This could include 6 Australian, 4 NZ and 1 team from each associate country. This could be done as a 2 tier competition of (eg) 8 teams. Similar regional first class structures could be done in other regions with "second" class cricket introduced to represent current domestic cricket in Associate countries.

  • Terry Jones on January 5, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    This is an excellent example of how associate players playing against better teams can improve the quality of associate cricket. Cricket Australia & Cricket NZ need to form a regional competition of state teams. This could include 6 Australian, 4 NZ and 1 team from each associate country. This could be done as a 2 tier competition of (eg) 8 teams. Similar regional first class structures could be done in other regions with "second" class cricket introduced to represent current domestic cricket in Associate countries.

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  • Terry Jones on January 5, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    This is an excellent example of how associate players playing against better teams can improve the quality of associate cricket. Cricket Australia & Cricket NZ need to form a regional competition of state teams. This could include 6 Australian, 4 NZ and 1 team from each associate country. This could be done as a 2 tier competition of (eg) 8 teams. Similar regional first class structures could be done in other regions with "second" class cricket introduced to represent current domestic cricket in Associate countries.