Vanuatu and Fiji begin bid for World Cricket League success

Vanuatu is hoping to go one step better during World Cricket League Six, which begins in Essex this evening.

The Melanesian side came up short at the same stage two years ago, finishing third behind hosts Jersey and Nigeria.

They rounded off preparations with a seven wicket win over Botswana at the weekend and face the Cayman Islands in today's opening round of pool matches, before games against Norway and Saudi Arabia.

The President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, says they won't be holding back in their approach.

"Fast and furious. Our boys will be out there to play positive cricket with an eye on building big scores and restricting our opponents. Our bowlers are well practiced at containment as well as breakthroughs. There is some lack of clarity about where the World Cricket League goes through the eyes of the ICC but the top two will certainly be promoted through this round".

Fiji last competed in the Cricket Leagues two years ago, finishing fourth in division seven, which has since been scrapped.

They take on Guernsey first up, before facing Suriname and Botswana, and coach Shane Jurgensen is hoping his players can continue their recent momentum.

"We want to finish in the top two to go up. We need to get up those rankings to ensure that we continue with our finding. We also need to do it for the game in Fiji. There's certainly a lot of talented cricketers here and they pick up with the game very quickly and if we can provide another sporting option for the kids here, it's another great option for them. With the success of our under 19s we're developing a nice bank of players that's creating depth so success is going to help us continue that road".