6 Jul 2013

Sport: PNG cricketers feeling well prepared ahead of EAP decider

5:32 am on 6 July 2013

Papua New Guinea's Under 19 cricketers have arrived in Brisbane feeling well prepared ahead of Monday's East Asia Pacific grand final.

The Garamuts spent the past week in Darwin, playing one day matches against the national teams from India, New Zealand and Australia.

PNG national coach Peter Anderson has been helping with the team and says while they didn't win a game, their performances were encouraging.

"Our batting's naturally - we knew that would be an issue because we're a very young side but going throughout the game they certainly learnt to occupy the crease and people will appreciate that some of these guys are playing class of first class cricketers. One of the Indian guys played in the IPL with Chris Gayle so we've done a real good job. Our fielding and bowling has been probably the talk of the town: to knock over India for 136 and have Australia and New Zealand in big trouble - on both occasions five down - we just couldn't put that to bed. It's been a fantastic experience for the guys and I'm sure they've taken a lot away from it."

PNG's opponents will be determined once a tri-series featuring Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu is decided this weekend.

The overall EAP winner will qualify for next year's World Cup in Dubai.