November 7, 2010

World Cricket League Division Eight

We're still confident despite a loss to Kuwait

Liam Brickhill

Trevor Langa, Vanuatu's wicketkeeper, writes about the World Cricket League Division 8

We were really looking forward to playing Kuwait today as we knew they’d be a challenge and they were definitely that. They got a lot of runs on the board, which was disappointing, but we didn’t help matters with some poor fielding today. We missed at least eight catches, including some really easy ones at point and also first slip. They batted out 50 overs and then they fielded out 50 overs against us – they are a seriously tough team but that being said if we hadn’t let them get to 400, then I think we would have been able to chase down the score a little bit better.

It’s never a great feeling to lose, but the mood on the bus home was positive – we were pleased that we batted out the 50 overs in an attempt to chase the total and we know we’ve still got all to play for on Tuesday against Suriname. The important thing for us is to keep our run-rate up so we finish top two and have a chance to make the play-offs for promotion to Division 7 in Botswana.

Tomorrow we’ve got a rest day – the team has a couple of recovery sessions planned in the pool but other than that it’s our chance to have a sleep in and get our minds off cricket for the day. I’m not too sure what I’m going to do, I think I’ll probably sleep and rest up for Tuesday and go out and explore Kuwait on the second rest day. I don’t think I’ll do too much shopping while I’m here though as I went a bit mad buying things in Dubai when we had a stopover so I’m not sure if there’s room to get anything more in my suitcase back to Vanuatu.

I’m keeping this one short as I’ve got to run off to a team function this evening – Kuwait Cricket Council are hosting all eight teams here for the tournament, it should be an interesting evening!

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Posted by Matt Gibb on (January 10, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

On ya Vanuatu. Wish I could've been there to cheer you guys on. I wish I knew about it before hand. But I'm so glad that you guys did so well. Hoping that you guys continue this great vein of form. great team, great captain, just need a few more consistent performers and they'll be right. Andrew Mansale to play for Australia anyone? They need a few more good batsmen over there.

Posted by Nick Cassidy on (November 10, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

Good luck Vanuatu in the semi final. You know what to do and you know you can do it. And well written Trevor! Go Vanuatu Go!

Posted by Neil Malosu on (November 9, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

You do us proud the way you play against the big names.

GO VANUATU GO!

Posted by Neil Malosu on (November 9, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

You do us proud the way you play against the big names.

GO VANUATU GO!

Posted by James on (November 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT)

Suraj - sure, it's a long way up, but every team's got to start somewhere. You could have asked that same question about Afghanistan three or four years back, and they're now playing full ODIs. And forty years ago an unknown side called Sri Lanka were not that far above where Vanuatu are now. As to 'official matches', that all depends on whether the ICC's recent snubbing of associates' entry to the World Cup continues or whether they see some sense.

Posted by samson on (November 8, 2010, 20:44 GMT)

well played boys, good luck for your next games. show them how to play and tell them...'NOKAT TIME'

"GO VANUATU GO!"

Posted by Jashan(India) on (November 8, 2010, 10:54 GMT)

I will say a decent effort by Vanuatu, but they could have been more aggressive. @Suraj:- You will be surprised to know that cricket is sort of No 1 sport in Vanuatu. They also have a official sponsor. I don't know when any of the team will reach the top level, but surely it is a nice development by ICC to globalize cricket and make teams play against similar strength teams.

Posted by Brett Wright on (November 8, 2010, 8:18 GMT)

Looks like it is going to be a real interesting tournament... Glad to hear Trevor talking about recovery sessions... good stuff boy's... love the pool work... Keep up the great work boy's... tell Simo not to relax too much... he is looking to much like Fred... a couple of movie stars... p.s. @ suraj > when u gonna learn how to spell "offictial"? 3000?

Posted by suraj on (November 8, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

Playing these type of cricket (dev 8) when u gonna play offictial cricket matches ? 3000 ?

Posted by mel on (November 8, 2010, 1:07 GMT)

congrats to you and the guys so far, the cricket widows are all 'watching' at home and are very impressed!! keep up the great work and enjoy your time off!

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