The Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) kickstarted its annual Business House competition last Wednesday at the Garden Oval Cricket Ground, Tuanaimato.
The five week tournament will have 10 teams competing.
They are: Alafua Raiders, Fire Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.), University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.), Samoa Shipping Co-operation (S.S.C.), Special Occasion Supplies (S.O.S.), Samoa Commercial Bank, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Faleata Taxi stand, Magele and Miracle Construction, Lober Industries.
In round one, there were four games in which S.O.S. defeated F.E.S.A with 185 to 153 runs.
The second game was won by U.S.P. against S.S.C. with 175 to 135 runs.
In the third match, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel lost to Faleata Taxi stand with 142 to 158 runs.
The fourth game had Magele and Miracle construction losing against Lober Industries with 143 to 154 runs.
Alafua Raiders won by default when Samoa Commercial Bank did not turn up.
The competition focuses on providing opportunities for all businesses and companies as well as government and non-government organisations to enjoy the sport of cricket.
According to the Regional Development Officer at S.I.C.A., Pativia Mika Solomua, who is also the tournament manager, the games are to encourage the participation of workers in physical exercises, which will result in healthy living.
“It is also to help workers relieve pressure or stress from a hard day’s work, but most importantly for players to interact with other players and build friendships alongside living a healthy life style through continuing to exercise.
“One of the challenges is that some companies and government ministries were not able to attend due to work related matters like the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries who are running the agriculture show at the moment,” he said.
Today is the round two, which will start at 5pm at Tuanaimato.
The games will end on December 23, which will be followed by the prizegiving after the finals.