Vanuatu cricketers hoping weather conditions play ball

The Melanesians have lost their opening two matches at the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament, against Guernsey and hosts Jersey.

The first match was decided on the Duckworth Lewis method, with the President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, believing his side had been on the ascendancy when play was called off because of bad light.

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More than two hours and 45 minutes of play were lost to rain in a stop-start day at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where the tourists fell away in the early evening gloom after winning the toss and making a solid start.

Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on 23, and Carlos Brathwaite (35 not out) will resume on day two if the forecast heavy rain stays away.

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Vanuatu cricket predicting bright future

The Melanesian side finished third at World Cricket League 6 this month, with only the top two elevated to division five.

Vanuatu also fell one place short of promotion two years ago.

But the President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, believes the team will only get better.

Mixed feelings for Vanuatu and Fiji cricketers

Both teams recorded emphatic victories in the final round but ultimately ended up short of their pre-tournament aim of promotion.

Vanuatu beat Norway by 91 runs in a rain-affected game to finish third.

Jonathon Dunn struck 114 at the top of the order as the Melanesians piled on 309 for 3 batting first. before restricting the Norwegians to 159 for 8 in 36 overs.

The President of Vanuatu Cricket, Mark Stafford, was proud of the way the team responded following their semi final defeat to Suriname.

Mixed start for Fiji and Vanuatu cricketers

After putting Guernsey into bat, Viliame Manakiwai dismissed both openers without scoring to have their opponents reeling at 2 for 2.

But a century stand for the third wicket between Oliver Newey, who made 129, and Tim Ravenscroft, who blasted 74 from 63 balls, laid the platform for Guernsey's imposing total of 287 for 7.

Fiji never got close - Jone Wesele top-scoring with 20 as they were rolled for just 99 inside 38 overs.

Shane Jurgensen says they let Guernsey off the hook.

Vanuatu and Fiji begin bid for World Cricket League success

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.