More than just a backyard cricketer



WAIUKU’S talented Sam Saunokonoko’s has been internationally recognised, as the young cricketer has recently flown to a camp in preparation for the U19 Cricket World Cup tournament.

Sam, a member of the Waiuku Districts Cricket Club, is currently based in Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Queensland preparing for the tournament and was selected for the Fiji U19 team.

Growing up in Waiuku, Sam played rugbyin the winter and mixed athletics and cricket in the summer.
His first love, however, has always been cricket and by the time he moved into secondary school, his sporting activities were to be a diet of cricket, including outdoor summer matches and indoor cricket and reps training in the winter.
Sam joined WDCC in the summer of 2003 and has played cricket every season since.
Last season, Sam picked up the club Waiuku Batsman Trophy and Most Improved Counties U21 Batsman trophy after a great 2014/15 season. It was during this time when Fiji began scouting the Counties Cricket website to see how Sam was performing. This was after one of his Fijian cousins passed information on from a kava bowl night.
Sam considers himself fortunate to be given an opportunity to mix it at an elite level that unearthed players of extremely high calibre.
Held in Bangladesh, Fiji is pooled with England, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Fiji’s matches will be at the MA Aziz Test Ground in Chittagong, and it has been said that their first game against England is sold out.
This game has extra importance to Sam.
Played on Wednesday, January 27, this date will also see the talented young cricketer celebrate his 18th birthday.
Waiuku District Cricket Club and supporters wish one of cricket’s minnows and one of their sons the best of luck, and the Post looks forward to catching up with Sam once he returns.

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