Cricket at the Pacific Games

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A cricket tournament at the Pacific Games, then known as the South Pacific Games, was introduced in 1979 and was played intermittently at games in the 80s and 90s. Since being reintroduced in 2003, cricket has been played regularly at the Pacific Games. Detailed records of the tournaments prior to 2003 have not been kept and beyond knowing that Papua New Guinea and Fiji have won gold and silver medals respectively on each occasion, except in 1979, and what teams took part in each year, not much is known of the first three tournaments.[1]

Teams[edit]

The following teams have taken part in the tournament:

Results[edit]

1979[edit]

Venue: Suva, Fiji

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea[1]
  • Silver medal: New Hebrides[5]
  • Bronze medal: Fiji[6]
  • 4th: Tonga[1]
  • 5th: Western Samoa[1]
  • 6th: New Caledonia[7]
  • 7th: Tuvalu[1]

1987[edit]

Venue: Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea[1]
  • Silver medal: Fiji[1]
  • Bronze medal: Vanuatu[8]
  • 4th: New Caledonia[8]

1991[edit]

Venue: Port Moresby/Lae, Papua New Guinea

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea[1]
  • Silver medal: Fiji[1]
  • Bronze medal: Solomon Islands/Vanuatu[9]
  • 4th: Solomon Islands/Vanuatu[9]
  • 5th: New Caledonia[9]

2003[edit]

Venue: Suva, Fiji

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea[10]
  • Silver medal: Fiji[10]
  • Bronze medal: Cook Islands[11]
  • 4th: Samoa[11]
  • 5th: Vanuatu[2]
  • 6th: New Caledonia[2]

2007[edit]

Venue: Apia, Samoa

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea[4]
  • Silver medal: Fiji[4]
  • Bronze medal: Samoa[4]
  • 4th: Tonga[4]
  • 5th: New Caledonia[4]

Round robin tournament of limited overs cricket (maximum 50 overs per side).

2011[edit]

In 2011 the format was switched to the shorter Twenty20 game instead of the previous 50 over cricket. A round-robin stage was played before the two top teams met in the final.

Venue: Noumea, New Caledonia

  • Gold medal: Papua New Guinea
  • Silver medal: Fiji
  • Bronze medal: Vanuatu
  • 4th: New Caledonia [12]

2015[edit]

Records[edit]

As detailed results have not been kept for the first three tournaments,[1] it is not possible to present detailed records. What is known is that Papua New Guinea's total of 572/7 against New Caledonia is the highest team total in any international one-day match, along with the winning margin of 510 runs, and therefore also in the South Pacific Games.[13]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sportsbooks Publishing, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 2003 South Pacific Games cricket tournament official website
  3. ^ a b c d e f g 1979 South Pacific Games at CricketArchive
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 2007 South Pacific Games at CricketEurope
  5. ^ As Papua New Guinea won the gold medal, and played the New Hebrides in the final, the New Hebrides are assumed to have won the silver medal.
  6. ^ Roy Morgan's Encyclopedia of World Cricket indicates that Tonga finished fourth in 1979. They played Fiji in the third place play-off so Fiji are assumed to have won the bronze medal.
  7. ^ Roy Morgan's Encyclopedia of World Cricket indicates that Western Samoa finished fifth in 1979. They played New Caledonia in the fifth place play-off so New Caledonia are assumed to have finished sixth.
  8. ^ a b Roy Morgan's Encyclopedia of World Cricket indicates that the only other two teams in the tournament were New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The same book indicates that New Caledonia have never won an international match, so Vanuatu are assumed to have won the bronze medal.
  9. ^ a b c Roy Morgan's Encyclopedia of World Cricket indicates that the other three teams taking part were New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The same book indicates that New Caledonia have never won an international match, so they are assumed to have finished fifth with either the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu winning the bronze or finishing fourth.
  10. ^ a b Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 9 August 2003 at tournament's official website
  11. ^ a b Scorecard of Cook Islands v Samoa, 9 August 2003 at tournament's official website
  12. ^ http://www.sportingpulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=1981774
  13. ^ Papua New Guinea run riot by Andrew Nixon, 1 September 2007 at CricketEurope