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Interest in cricket grows in villages

The Cricket Apia Men’s League is now in the third round of the tournament with 16 teams competing.

Cricket Development Coordinator Perelini Mulitalo said some of the teams have come from villages that previously did not have a connection to the sport. 

“There are 16 teams playing in the Samoa Cricket Apia Men’s league," she said. 

"There are teams from Faleasiu, I mean these villages, we hardly hear of them in this sport but they have joined. The competition so far is going real good. With these competitions we can see that our people enjoy the game and we are here to help them learn about the sport.”

The 16 teams are Maaseugogo #1, Maaseugogo #2, Falelauniu A, Falelauniu B, Sea Horse, Alafua Riders, Vailele, Young Eagles, Afaluko, Apia West, Manunu Phantoms, Bradaz, Fetu I Sasae #1 and Fetu I Sasae #2.

The results for the second round of the tournament and the draw for this week were released on Monday by Mulitalo. 

In game 1, Maaseugogo #1 won against Falelauniu A with 109 runs. Sea Horse won against Maaseugogo #2 with 7 wickets. Alafua won by 5 runs against Vailele. Young Eagles with 77 runs against Afaluko. The Apia West won by 7 wickets against Faleasiu B. Manunu Phantoms wins by 8 wicket against Fetu I Saute #1. Bradaz with 140 runs wins against Falelauniu A. With the last game Fetu I sasae A won by 114 runs against Falelauniu B. 

This week’s draw for round three are Falelauniu B versus Faleasiu B, Faleasiu A against Manunu Phantoms, Apia West with Alafua Riders, Young Eagles with Fetu I Sasae #2, Maaseugogo #2 against Bradaz, Fetu I Sasae #1 and Falelauniu A, Sea Horse versus Maaseugogo #1 and the last game would be Vailele and Afaluko.

The Samoa International Cricket Association has other competitions currently underway and will travel to Savai’i when the tournament in Upolu is completed.

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