Cricket culture in American Samoa

American Samoa in cricket

American Samoa an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of (the independent nation of) Samoa. Its location is centred on 14.3°S 170.7°W. The volume of the country is just a little bit more than Washington DC. Despite their small volume, the cricket culture of American Samoa is very rich and one of the dedicated cricket fan bases found In their small population.

position of American Samoa © research gate

Presence in international cricket

  • ICC Ranking- 55th (T20)

American Samoa has become an affiliated member of ICC in 2000. In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Samoa and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.

Performance of Team Samoa in international level

Samoa has played in only T20 matches in International Cricket. As an affiliated member of ICC, Samoa has played some remarkable game against Vanuatu & Papua New Guinea. Despite their superb performance, Samoa could manage to win an only a single game in their 4 international matches.

The highest team total of Samoa  148/8 has come against Vanuatu in 2019. Surprisingly After 3 Days, Samoa has again put the same total on the scoreboard (148/8) against the same team Vanuatu. On July 9, 2019, American Samoa managed to win their first-ever International win against Vanuatu by 2 wickets. To this date, those were the only win for Samoa in international Cricket.

American Samoa cricket team © Icc cricket

Australian born Dom Micheal is the highest scorer in T20 international for American Samoa. He has scored 85 runs in 4 innings (Average- 28.33) with the help of a single fifty which came against Vanuatu in 2019 (55* in 41 balls). He is the only half centurion for his team till now.

In bowling, Daniel Enese Burgess & James David Baker has held the leading wicket-taker place jointly for Samoa. Borges has taken 4 wickets in 3 Innings which includes 3/47 against Vanuatu. Baker has taken 4 wickets in 4 innings which includes against the same Team.

American Samoa men’s cricket team © new Zealand Croatia cricket

Women’s Cricket team of American Samoa

  • ICC Ranking- 16th (T20)

The woman team of American Samoa made a major impact in ICC t20 cricket. Their Ranking is also good in respect to their men’s team. The Samoan women’s national cricket team, nicknamed the Nafanua, represents the Independent State of Samoa in international women’s cricket. It is organised by the game’s governing body in the country, the Samoa International Cricket Association (SICA).

Surprisingly The women’s cricket team of American Samoa managed to win 10 games In their 12 matches only which is quite outstanding comparing with their male counterpart. They are unbeaten against Fiji, Japan, Indonesia and Vanuatu. They have lost both matches against Papua New Guinea only.

American Samoa women’s cricket team © rnz

The highest scorer of the women’s cricket team of American Samoa is Regina Lili’I who has scored 323 runs averaging a tremendous 46.14 which includes a 51 runs innings against Fiji on 12 July 2019. While all-rounder  Lagi Telea is the highest wicket-taker for his national side. Talia has also scored a total of 71 runs which is the 5th highest for his team.  Another all-rounder from this team, Lily Mulivai has scored 152 runs in total which 2nd the highest among his teammates. She has also taken 17 wickets (3rd highest) which includes her career-best 4/18 against Japan on 7 th May 2019 (Also the best figure by a Samoan cricketer).

Samoa golden girls © loop png

Conclusion

So here we can see despite being a small country, Samoa has managed to secure a place in the Cricket t20 world. Especially their women’s team is fabulous on various occasions. So we can expect the same spark for their men’s team and we are expecting some of the memorable and exciting matches from their both men’s and women’s national cricket team.

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