Lakeba – Syd­ney All Stars Fi­nal

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Lakeba and the Syd­ney All Stars will play in the fi­nal of the Cricket Fiji Na­tional Men’s Cham­pi­onship on Mon­day at Al­bert Park. Lakeba sur­passed Suva Cru­saders scor­ing 218 runs with four wick­ets to spare to book their spot in the fi­nal. Ti­moci Na­davo got 76 runs while man of the match Josefa Dabea got 86 runs. Team man­ager Wate Soko said it has been a long time com­ing for the Lakeba team who has not reached a fi­nal in seven years. “Lakeba used to be known for cricket and we want to change that this year,” Soko said.

“This is our sport and this is a sport we play and love. And for the boys to reach the fi­nals is a re­ally big deal for us. “The game against the Suva Cru­saders was a very tough one but thanks to Ti­moci and Josefa, we man­aged to pull a win.” Go­ing up against the over­seas based Syd­ney All Stars, Soko said they are an­tic­i­pat­ing a very tough but ex­cit­ing game. “For the Syd­ney All Stars to beat the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Suva War­riors is mas­sive which means we will be go­ing up against a re­ally good side,” he said. “The team is made up of for­mer Fiji reps play­ing over­seas so it was no sur­prise that they beat the Suva War­riors. But we are will­ing to give our all be­cause we want to win.” The Syd­ney All Stars beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Suva War­riors by 42 runs. Syd­ney scored 165 runs with four overs re­main­ing while Suva was all out in 21 overs scor­ing 123 runs. Syd­ney team or­gan­iser Aman Prakash said they are look­ing to cre­ate his­tory and a path­way for over­seas based Fi­jians by win­ning the tour­na­ment. “The tour­na­ment has been in­tense and so far we are four out of four and are look­ing to make it five on Mon­day,” Prakash said. “We want to make his­tory in this tour­na­ment by be­ing the first over­seas team to win. We have made it to the fi­nals be­fore but have never won. “Also we want to cre­ate a path­way for the Fi­jians liv­ing abroad to have them be up for se­lec­tion into the na­tional squad. “We know it will be a tough game against Lakeba but we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.” Lakeba will play the Syd­ney All Stars to­mor­row at 9:30am at Al­bert Park. Edited by Osea Bola

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