We're now four days away from knowing the identity of the first regional qualifier to the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier as the ICC East Asia Pacific Trophy got underway in Lismore, New South Wales today. It was a busy day of cricket with all eight teams playing twice.

Tournament favourites Papua New Guinea started their campaign with a win over the Cook Islands thanks to a sensational all-round performance from Lega Siaka. Batting first after winning the toss, the Cook Islands lost Chauncey Flay early on in their innings, but recovered with Tinolei Etita and Davies Teinaki putting on 68 for the second wicket.

A collapse from 92-3 to 98-8 cost the Cook Islands dearly though, and they were bowled out for 117, with Lega Siaka taking 4-12 from his four overs. Siaka then led the way in the PNG reply, smashing 88 from just 29 balls, including 10 sixes, as Papua New Guinea completed an eight wicket win in just nine overs.

Vanuatu, hoping to challenge Papua New Guinea's dominance of tournaments in the region, took on the Philippines, who batted first after losing the toss. Only three of their batsmen reached double figures as they were bowled out for 62 with Jelany Chilia and Simpson Obed both taking three wickets.

Vanuatu's reply started with an opening partnership of 22 between Joshua Rasu and Jonathon Dunn, though it was hardly a partnership as Rasu scored all 22 of the runs. They took their time scoring their runs, reaching their target in 10.2 overs to win by 6 wickets.

It was Samoa who made the biggest team score of the day after they were put into bat by Japan captain Masaomi Kobayasha. An innings of 66 by Sean Cotter allowed them to post 166-6 from their 20 overs. Japan got close in reply, but were always just behind the required rate. From 140-5 in the penultimate over, they scored 146-9, losing wickets as they tried to get closer to their target.

Fiji were put into bat in their game against Indonesia. After Seru Tupou was run out without facing a ball, Joe Rika and Ratu Lesuma were able to put on 51 for the second wicket. The top partnership for Fiji though was that for the fourth wicket between Maciu Gauna and James Smith, who put on 99 before Smith was run out for 56 from the last ball of the innings.

Indonesia were poor in reply and were never even in with a shot at winning the game. They were only able to muster 64-6 from their 20 overs and lost by 88 runs.

Indonesia's misery continued in the afternoon when they took on Japan. Choosing to bat first they were only able to score 98-7 from their 20 overs, Ben Burgess top scoring with 38. Japan wasted little time in reply, chasing down their target in 9.1 overs to win by 10 wickets. Hanif Khan top scored for them with 72 from only 32 balls.

Old rivals Papua New Guinea and Fiji played each other in the afternoon, with PNG batting first after winning the toss. Struggling early in their innings, it took an innings of 67 by Mahuru Dai to give their innings some respectability. The next highest score was Lega Siaka's 18 in a total of 158-8.

Fiji did manage to bat out their overs, but were never really in the hunt for a win. Maciu Gauna top scored for them with an unbeaten 40 from 28 balls as they were restricted to 136-6 from their 20 overs, losing by 22 runs.

The Cook Islands won the toss and chose to bat first in their afternoon match against Vanuatu. Tinolei Etai top scored for them with 30, but only one other batsman reached double figures as they were bowled out for 80, Andrew Mansale taking 5-12. Vanuatu lost five wickets in reply, but still managed to easily chase their target in under 10 overs.

Samoa batted first after winning the toss against the Philippines, and it was again Sean Cotter who top scored for them, scoring 61 from 47 balls in a total of 156-6. After the Philippines lost their first three wickets with just ten runs on the board, it surprisingly ended up being the closest match of the day.

Vimal Kumar and Awais Mohd batted well in the middle order for the Philippines, scoring 48 and 52 respectively. When Manoj Gogal was run out in the final over though, the chasing side needed 12 from two balls. Samoa almost threw the game away when Aleki Tiata bowled a wide that two additional runs were taken from, but he recovered to bowl a dot ball with his next delivery. Mohd hit a six to finish the game, but by then it was too late and Samoa won by 2 runs.

Vanuatu top the table on net run rate after the day's play, just ahead of Papua New Guinea and Samoa, the other teams to win twice today. The tournament will continue tomorrow, with every team playing twice again.


Papua New Guinea beat Cook Islands by 8 wickets
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Cook Islands 117 (20 overs, L Siaka 4-12, CJ Amini 3-23)
Papua New Guinea 121-2 (9 overs, L Siaka 88)

Vanuatu beat Philippines by 6 wickets
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Philippines 62 (16.3 overs, J Chilia 3-8, S Obed 3-12)
Vanuatu 63-4 (10.2 overs)

Samoa beat Japan by 20 runs
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Samoa 166-6 (20 overs, S Cotter 66)
Japan 146-9 (20 overs, H Khan 35)

Fiji beat Indonesia by 88 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Fiji 152-4 (20 overs, J Smith 56, M Gauna 40*)
Indonesia 64-6 (20 overs)

Japan beat Indonesia by 10 wickets
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Indonesia 98-7 (20 overs, B Burgess 38)
Japan 100-0 (9.1 overs, H Khan 76*)

Papua New Guinea beat Fiji by 22 runs
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Papua New Guinea 158-8 (20 overs, M Dai 67, R Khan 4-34)
Fiji 136-6 (20 overs, M Gauna 40*, S Tupou 37)

Vanuatu beat Cook Islands by 5 wickets
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Cook Islands 80 (19.1 overs, A Mansale 5-12)
Vanuatu 82-5 (9.3 overs)

Samoa beat Philippines by 2 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 19 November
Samoa 156-6 (20 overs, S Cotter 61, P Pritchard 38, M Gohal 3-16)
Philippines 154-8 (20 overs, A Mohd 52*, V Kumar 48, A Tiatia 3-27)