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Nadi Cricket Association Aims To Expand In The West

“Our main goal for 2021 is to continue the hard work and the momentum we have from the end of 2020 and continue to expand and professionalize the game of cricket in Nadi and Lautoka and the West,”
03 Mar 2021 15:35
Nadi Cricket Association Aims To Expand In The West
Members of the Team Western Lions. Photo: Scenic.

The Nadi Cricket Association, the lone association alive in the West, has set its target to expand the sport in the western division.

Having embarked on reviving the sport since last year and it is shaping well with teams based in Nadi and Lautoka corridors working together with the national body Cricket Fiji.

NCA chairman Lawrence Ellison revealed that the association is really serious in the business after the overwhelming annual general meeting held at Namaka Park, Nadi last week.

He said the association has set the main goal of 2021 to continue their progress in becoming the best association in all of Fiji on and off the field.

“Our main goal for 2021 is to continue the hard work and the momentum we have from the end of 2020 and continue to expand and professionalize the game of cricket in Nadi and Lautoka and the West,” he said.

“What we have done in a short amount of time late last year, this year so far has been great and the goals we have for where we can take the game of cricket here in the West and in Fiji is more than pleasing. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support moving forward and we are excited for the future of NCA.

 

Finance

The association will have its bank account up and running and once that is done they will approach possible sponsors for our association and for the prize-money Cricket Fiji committed to their T20 competition two weeks ago.

He added that the money they expect to receive will be used to buy a full cricket set for all teams to use as many teams don’t have the basic equipment.

 

Crompton Cup (Easter Championship)

The association has been given the opportunity to field two sides in the Crompton Cup on April 5 instead of just one like last year.

“We have been allocated two spots in the Crompton Cup but our main focus is to not just be competitive with two sides but to push and win the title. Both sides will be strong however we will be putting our best 14 players in team Maroon. Team Green which will be the developing side,” he said.

Notable dates for the season:

– 2021 Season Programmes – T20 Season (Pool Play Tournament running from Saturday 1st May – July 17th)

– Draws & Pools will be drawn after Sign On/Registration Day which will be 10th April at Namaka Park.

– 40 Over Cricket Round Robin Tournament (July 24 – October 31)

– Representative Season (Trials for the Nadi Cricket Sides) from March 28 – April 5l.

– March 6 th-  Trials with 36 players being selected to train as one unit

– March 13 – 36 players reduced down 30 players to two squads of 14 with two reserves on standby.

– March 20 – Both squads continue to train and get match fit

– March 27 – Last training run before heading to Suva

– Association Cup looked to be heading this way August/September which is played over 50 overs.

 

2021 board and executives:

Chairman – Lawrence Ellison (Denarau Devils), Secretary/Manager – Seru Vuiyasawa (Western Force Lakeba), Treasurer – John Spillane (Denarau Devils)

Committee Members- Sekove Ravoka (Police Cricket Club), Dhushan Premachandra (Western Lions), Himanshu Patel (Lautoka Knights), Vilikesa Nailolo (Nakavu), Coach – Iliesa Navatu (Cricket Fiji Development)

Selectors – Seru Vuiyasawa, John Spillane, Sekove Ravoka, and Ilisea Navatu.

Feedback: waisea.n@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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