Alafua Riders successfully defend title

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 04 December 2020, 2:00AM

The Alafua Riders have done it again and defended their title after winning their final cricket match 174-154 runs on Thursday evening at the Cricket Oval field at Tuanaimato.

Alafua Riders captain Fineaso Sofi told the Samoa Observer that they are happy with the result of the game.

"We are happy with the outcome. This is our second win. Some of our team members are new, but we are always encouraging our colleagues to play cricket and play with us. So here we are, winning again," he said.

He added that his new members did not want to participate at first, but after some persuasion and their notable success rate they decided to join the team.

"Our new members are really happy. In the beginning, it was hard to get them to participate and be a part of the team but ever since our continuous win each week they have committed to our training and I know that Riders will not miss any more business house tournament."

The Alafua Riders defeated Special Occasions Supplies by 20 runs. The first to bat in the first inning was Special Occasion Supplies and they scored 154 points, though Alafua Riders exceeded that score when they came on to bat and scored 174.

There were 13 businesses that competed in the Cricket Business House competition: Alafua Riders, Special Occasions Supplies, M&M Construction, Tj Taxi Stand, ANZ Bank, Samoa Commercial Bank, SSFA, Lober Industry, USP Alafua, SSAB, Vodafone, Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Shipping Corporation.

The Men Best Batter was awarded to Papali'i Tipeni of Tj Taxi Stand, the best men bowler went to Murray Hessed Naia of Alafua Riders, the women best batter is Fatali from ANZ Bank, and the best bowler went to Christina of Samoa Commercial Bank.

The business house competition is an annual event hosted by the Samoa International Cricket Association.

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 04 December 2020, 2:00AM

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