November 11, 2010

World Cricket League Division Eight

A disappointing day but tomorrow is crucial

Nitin Sundar

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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Posted by Neil Malosu on (November 11, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

No matter what the results are, we are all proud of you all. You have displayed some nice results and setting some new runs records for Vanuatu. I know the boys will do good on the third place finals...All the best and Keep up the Good Work.

Posted by Pierre Chilia on (November 11, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

You have come a long way in being one of the best teams in tournament. You always have our support from back home and tell the Zambians "BRING IT ON"

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Nitin Sundar
Social media manager Nitin spent his formative years perfecting the art of landing the googly, before blossoming into a book-cricket specialist. More excellence followed in the underarm version of the game before, like the majority of India's misguided youth, he started taking studies seriously. After four forgettable years of electrical engineering, followed by a rigorous MBA and 16 months in the strategy consulting industry, he began to ponder life's more profound issues. Such as the angle made by Brian Lara's bat with the horizontal at the peak of his back-lift. A move to ESPNcricinfo followed and Nitin is now a prolific nurdler in office cricket, with a questionable technique against the short ball.

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