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Vanuatu Cricket Celebrates Homecoming of Stars Selina Solman and Rachel Andrew

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Vanuatu Cricket is celebrating the triumphant return of two of its star players, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Women’s captain, Selina Solman and all-rounder Rachel Andrew, following their remarkable performances at the Women's Japan Premier League (WJPL) in Sano, Japan. 

The Women's Japan Premier League (WJPL) is a week-long tournament organised by the Japan Cricket Association to promote women's cricket and female athletes across the region. It invites international players from countries including Vanuatu, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Australia, in addition to featuring Japan's national players. This diverse participation aims to enhance the sport's development and foster international camaraderie in women's cricket. 

The women were placed in opposing teams and were able to foster new friendships and bonds with skipper, Selina Solman and the Eastern Waves emerging victorious against Andrew and the Western Eagles in the T10 format. Solman showcased an extraordinary batting performance by scoring 52 runs off just 20 balls​. Her efforts during the series were crucial in securing the T10 title for her team. 

While Rachel Andrew excelled with the Western Eagles and clinched the T20 title. Andrew's all-round performance throughout the tournament earned her the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, as she played a vital role in her team's success​.

The achievements of Selina Solman and Rachel Andrew have filled Vanuatu with immense pride, showcasing the nation's athletic strength on the international stage following their performance in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in Abu Dhabi. Vanuatu Cricket extends heartfelt gratitude to the Japan Cricket Association for organizing the WJPL and including our players, and hopes for continued collaboration in the future. Their accomplishments have a significant impact, inspiring the next generation of cricketers in Vanuatu.

Both players expressed their gratitude for the support from their community and reaffirmed their commitment to advancing cricket in Vanuatu, aiming for greater success in the future.

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