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Pacifica Cup

The Pacifica Cup was an international cricket tournament contested in 2001 and 2002 by teams from the Pacific Islands.

Champions

Year Venue Final
Winner Runner-up 3rd Place 4th Place
2001 Auckland, New Zealand  Māori  Fiji  Papua New Guinea  Tonga
2002 Apia, Samoa  Papua New Guinea  Tonga  Fiji  Cook Islands

Participating nations

Nation New Zealand
2001
Samoa
2002
Years
 Cook Islands 5th 4th 2
 Fiji 2nd 3rd 2
 New Zealand Māori 1st - 1
 New Caledonia 8th 7th 1
 Norfolk Island 9th - 1
 Papua New Guinea 3rd 1st 2
 Samoa 6th 5th 2
 Tonga 4th 2nd 1
 Vanuatu 7th 6th 2

2001 tournament

The 2001 tournament was played in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand Māori won from Fiji.[1][2]

Qualifying match

Eighth ranked vs Ninth ranked.

4 January 2001
Scorecard
Norfolk Island 
118 all out (21.5 overs)
v
 Cook Islands
122/3 (17.4 overs)
B Johnson 22
Eliaba 4/22 (6 overs)
T Kauvai 40
B.Cook 2/40 (7 overs)
 Cook Islands won by 7 wickets
Auckland

First round

The eight participating teams were divided into two pools of four teams for the first round.

Pool A

Fiji topped Pool A after winning all three of their matches, including a 362 run win against New Caledonia in their opening match. Tonga, who also beat New Caledonia by more than 300 runs, joined them in the semi-finals. Vanuatu finished third in the group ahead of the New Caledonians.

Team Pts Pld W T L NR
 Fiji 6 3 3 0 0 0
 Tonga 4 3 2 0 1 0
 Vanuatu 2 3 1 0 2 0
 New Caledonia 0 3 0 0 3 0

Pool B

Pool B was topped by the New Zealand Māori, with Papua New Guinea joining them in the semi-finals. The Cook Islands were third in the group, with Samoa at the bottom of the table.

Team Pts Pld W T L NR
 Māori 6 3 3 0 0 0
 Papua New Guinea 4 3 2 0 1 0
 Cook Islands 2 3 1 0 2 0
 Samoa 0 3 0 0 3 0

Semi-finals

7 February 2001
Fiji 
166 all out (42.3 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
152 all out (40.4 overs)
Neil Maxwell 50 (71)
Rarua Dikana 3/28 (10 overs)
Gima Keimolo 23 (30)
Neil Maxwell 4/26 (10 overs)
 Fiji won by 14 runs
Colin Maiden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Craig Allen, Wayne Knights

7 February 2001
Tonga 
159 all out (48.5 overs)
v
 Māori
160/5 (31.2 overs)
Maunaloa Faivakimoana 43 (78)
David Little 3/27 (9 overs)
R. Bird 49 (33)
Maunaloa Faivakimoana 3/42 (10 overs)
 Māori won by 5 wickets
Colin Maiden Park No.2, Auckland
Umpires: Bruce Cates, Phil Jones

Plate semi-finals

7 February 2001
Cook Islands 
301/9 (50 overs)
v
 New Caledonia
70 all out (21.1 overs)
Teanini Koroa 85 (107)
Takai Kopila 2/19 (3 overs)
Takai Kopila 10 (27)
Tunatu Kauvai 4/37 (10 overs)
 Cook Islands won by 231 runs
Cornwall Park, Auckland
Umpires: Dave Lowe, Keith Rawlings

7 February 2001
Vanuatu 
97 all out (39.5 overs)
v
 Samoa
98/4 (35.5 overs)
Abraham Nasak 24 (35)
Edward Annandale 4/29 (10 overs)
Iakopo Kuresa 27 (50)
Tari Seru 1/14 (10 overs)
 Samoa won by 5 wickets
Colin Maiden Park No. 3, Auckland
Umpires: Peter Gasston, Adrian Keown

7th place play-off

8 February 2001
New Caledonia 
97 all out (31.5 overs)
v
 Vanuatu
99/4 (12 overs)
Kalepo Folituu 17 (28)
Richard Tatwin 3/17 (6 overs)
Richard Tatwin 66 (40)
Nicky Passil 2/42 (6 overs)
 Vanuatu won by 6 wickets
Keith Hay Park No. 1, Auckland
Umpires: Peter Gasston, Hiran Perera

5th place play-off

8 February 2001
Cook Islands 
137 all out (40.2 overs)
v
 Samoa
45 all out (20.1 overs)
Tunatu Kauvai 27 (66)
Iakopo Kuresa 2/18 (9 overs)
Geoff Clarke 9 (30)
Joseph Joe 4/6 (7 overs)
 Cook Islands won by 92 runs
Colin Maiden Park No. 3, Auckland
Umpires: Dave Lowe, Keith Rawlings

3rd place play-off

8 February 2001
Tonga 
150 all out (37.5 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
151/8 (27.5 overs)
Sione Holi 62 (72)
Ross Vagi 4/33 (8.5 overs)
Keimelo Vuivagi 30 (13)
Kaufana Vasina 3/20 (6 overs)
 Papua New Guinea won by 2 wickets
Colin Maiden Park No. 2, Auckland
Umpires: Bruce Cates, Wayne Knights

Final

8 February 2001
Fiji 
164 all out (50 overs)
v
 Māori
165/7 (42.3 overs)
Tavo Sorovakatini 37 (68)
G Waller 3/27 (8 overs)
Peter McGlashan 49* (121)
Jone Seuvou 2/55
 Māori won by 4 wickets
Colin Maiden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Craig Allen, Phil Jones

Final standings

  1.  Māori
  2.  Fiji
  3.  Papua New Guinea
  4.  Tonga
  5.  Cook Islands
  6.  Samoa
  7.  Vanuatu
  8.  New Caledonia
  9.  Norfolk Island

2002 tournament

The 2002 tournament was played in Apia, Samoa, with all games taking place on various grounds of the Faleata Oval. Seven teams took part in the tournament, with the New Zealand Māori team not taking part this year.[3]

Papua New Guinea defeated Tonga in the final.[4] [5]

First round

The seven teams were split into two pools, with Fiji and Papua New Guinea alone in Pool A, whilst Pool B consisted of the other five teams.[6]


Pool A

Pool A was reduced to what was essentially a three-match series between Papua New Guinea and Fiji. All three matches were won by Papua New Guinea, who thus qualified for the final.[7]

Team Pts Pld W T L NR
 Papua New Guinea 6 3 3 0 0 0
 Fiji 0 3 0 0 3 0

Pool B

Pool B was topped by Tonga, who reached the final after winning all four of their matches. As in 2001, New Caledonia were at the foot of the pool, losing all four of their matches, including a 314 run defeat at the hands of group runners-up the Cook Islands.

Team Pts Pld W T L NR
 Tonga 8 4 4 0 0 0
 Cook Islands 6 4 3 0 1 0
 Samoa 4 4 2 0 2 0
 Vanuatu 2 4 1 0 3 0
 New Caledonia 0 4 0 0 4 0

5th place play-off

5 June 2002
Samoa 
223/9 (50 overs)
v
 Vanuatu
137 all out (38.2 overs)
Sipiliona Tua 87 (103)
Pierre Chilla 4/31 (10 overs)
Richard Tatwin 25
Niko Apa 3/26 (7.2 overs)
 Samoa won by 86 runs
Faleata Oval
Umpires: Tony Cooper, R Thoker

3rd place play-off

5 June 2002
Fiji 
212 all out (49.5 overs)
v
 Cook Islands
55 all out (26.5 overs)
Iniasi Cakacaka 48 (104)
Tuakana Marukore 3/24 (4.5 overs)
Tuakana Marukore 15
Taione Batina 4/17 (10 overs)
 Fiji won by 157 runs
Faleata Oval
Umpires: F Griffin, Phil Jones
  • Taione Batina took a hat-trick in the Cook Islands innings

Final

5 June 2002
Tonga 
89 all out (41.3 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
93/3 (16 overs)
Selusalema Vite 29
Noel Kariko 4/17 (8.3 overs)
John Ovia 23*
Selusalema Vite 2/31 (7 overs)
 Papua New Guinea won by 7 wickets
Faleata Oval
Umpires: Billy Bowden, B Parry

Final standings

  1.  Papua New Guinea
  2.  Tonga
  3.  Fiji
  4.  Cook Islands
  5.  Samoa
  6.  Vanuatu
  7.  New Caledonia

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/new-zealand-maori-take-pacifica-title-99006 New Zealand Maori take Pacifica title. CricInfo. 8 Feb 2001.
  2. ^ https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/cricket-nz-maori-edge-out-fiji-for-pacifica-win/L25KLBML2DEMKGZDBZMHUWPTJU/ NZ Maori edge out Fiji for Pacifica win. New Zealand Herald. 8 Feb 2001
  3. ^ https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/pacifica-cup-second-tournament-slated-for-samoa-next-june-96234 Pacifica Cup: Second tournament slated for Samoa next June. CricInfo. 14 August 2001
  4. ^ https://i.imgci.com/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/CRICKET_NEWS/2002/JUN/013759_ICC-DEA_06JUN2002.html Papua New Guinea new ICC Pacifica Cricket champions! International Cricket Council. 6 June 2002
  5. ^ https://i.imgci.com/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/CRICKET_NEWS/2002/JUN/013530_ICC-DEA_05JUN2002.html Papua New Guinea versus Tonga in ICC cricket final in Samoa! International Cricket Council. 5 June 2022
  6. ^ https://i.imgci.com/db/ARCHIVE/2002/OTHERS+ICC/PACIFICA/GROUPS.html 2002 Pacifica Cricket Championships Groups in Samoa, May-Jun 2002. International Cricket Council.
  7. ^ https://i.imgci.com/db/ARCHIVE/2002/OTHERS+ICC/PACIFICA/FIXTURES.html 2002 Pacifica Cricket Championships Fixtures in Samoa, May-Jun 2002 Fixtures International Cricket Council.
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