Pacific cricketers begin road to World T20

It's been four years since the last East Asia Pacific qualifier in the game's shortest format when Papua New Guinea went through undefeated.

Shane Deitz said the Vanuatu squad has been working hard in preparation since returning from World Cricket League Four in May.

Two teams will advance to the East Asia Pacific Regional Final and Deitz expects all four will fancy their chances.

Vanuatu cricketers proud despite relegation

The Melanesian side saved their best performance for last, chasing down Denmark's 234 for 9 with five balls to spare at the weekend.

Man of the match Patrick Matautaava bagged 3 for 39 with the ball before adding a quick-fire 53 off 42 balls with the bat.

Jonathon Dunn and Joshua Rasu also notched half centuries in a 116-run opening stand.

Vanuatu finished level on points with fourth-placed Jersey but were bumped down into the relegation spots on net run rate.

Vanuatu cricketers still winless in Malaysia

After electing to bowl first in Kuala Lumpur, the Melanesians removed both openers to leave Uganda reeling at 2 for 5 in the third over.

But a series of key middle order partnerships enabled the African side to recover and post a challenging 222 for 8 from their 50 overs.

Apolinaire Stephen was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 37, while spinner Jelany Chilia conceded just 21 runs from his ten overs.

Vanuatu cricket coach top-scores in defeat to Jersey

After being put into bat, the Melanesians lost wickets at regular intervals.

Coach Shane Deitz top-scored with 36 on his international debut at the ripe age of 42 and was one of only three Vanuatu players to reach doubles figures as they were dismissed for 104 in the 36th over.

Jelany Chilia bagged an impressive 3 for 30 with the ball but could not stop Jersey easing to their target with seven wickets and almost 19 overs to spare.

The Australian-born Deitz originally retired in 2008 after a decade-long career playing in South Australia and the UK.

Ball tampering: What is it and why is it such a big deal?

The ball-tampering episode involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft has left reputations in tatters and angered and disappointed politicians, fans and former players alike.

Smith, who before the weekend was one of his country's most revered sportsmen, and Warner have both received 12-month bans by Cricket Australia Wednesday for their part in illegal tampering with the ball on day three of the third Test against South Africa.

Vanuatu cricket are heading to Malaysia

Vanuatu will enter ICC WCL Div 4 for the first time in 2018 after previously making it to Division 5 on three separate occasions in 2008, 2016 & 2017. 

The date for the event has been slated for Saturday the 28th April to Saturday the 5th of May 2018.

Chris Gayle: Cricketer wins Sydney defamation case

The claims by Fairfax Media were not true, a jury in Sydney ruled on Monday.

Massage therapist Leanne Russell had told the hearing that Gayle exposed himself to her in Sydney in 2015.

However, Gayle successfully argued the incident did not happen. It is unclear how much he will seek in damages.

"I am a good man. I am not guilty," Gayle told reporters outside Sydney's King Street court complex.

"I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired."

Vanuatu cricketers look to build early momentum

The Melanesians finished fourth in Division 5 last year after being a late call-up to the competition and earned another shot at promotion after winning the East Asia Pacific regional qualifying tournament in February.

RNZI reports eight teams are competing for two promotion places in Benoni, South Africa, with Vanuatu up against Jersey, Ghana and Germany in pool play once the tournament gets underway at the weekend.

Head coach Shane Dietz said they had learnt a lot from their experience last year.

Road to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 starts in South Africa

The road to India 2023 sees fierce competition to progress up the ladder with eight teams representing five regions. Cayman Islands, Germany, Ghana, Guernsey, Jersey, Italy, Qatar and Vanuatu will all take part in the six day competition hosted in Benoni, South Africa.

27 Associate Members battled it out in the 2017 regional qualifiers with one team from each region qualifying to Division 5. Two teams from the tournament will qualify for Division 4 to be played in mid-2018 and five teams will be relegated to the regional divisions.

PNG outclass Samoa while Fiji topple Vanuatu

The Garamuts backed up their day one win over Fiji with a mammoth 212 run win over a young Samoan side.

Opener and player of the match Igo John Mahuru (98 off 139 balls) led from the top to bring up the tournament’s first half century, unfortunately falling just short of his hundred after trying to go long down the ground.

He was ably supported by his captain Vagi Karaho (41 off 37 balls) and Kevau Tau (32* off 34 balls) as PNG set an imposing total of 295 from their 50 overs.