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Trevor Langa, Vanuatu's wicketkeeper, writes about the World Cricket League Division 8
I think today our batting let us down, we really didn’t play the way we all know we can and on behalf of all the boys we’re really disappointed that we couldn’t take Vanuatu to the next level.
We had a good start against Germany – with both Patricks (Matautaava and Haines) bowling well and restricting the Germans from scoring and we were confident that we would be able to make the runs. But perhaps we were overconfident and that led us to play silly shots and not bat to our true ability.
All the team is pretty down this evening, we just had a team meal and now its about reflecting before tomorrow’s big game against Zambia. That match is really important as the winner gets to stay up in the tournament, and the second team gets relegated with Bahamas, Bhutan, Gibraltar and Suriname. We really don’t want to be relegated – I would really like Vanuatu to stay up in Division 8 as that would mean there are four teams from the East-Asia Pacific region in the World Cricket League – the others are Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Japan in case you didn’t know.
Tomorrow is do-or-die for us – we really don’t want to go back to the regional qualifiers as we know we’re worthy of being in this tournament and staying in it – we want to do the people of Vanuatu proud and want them to know we’ve given this tournament our all.
I’m off for an early night to make sure I’m ready for tomorrow. One last thing - I wanted to say thank you for all the feedback I’ve been getting on my blog – I’ve really appreciated all the words of support. Until tomorrow…
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