29 Jan 2014

Sport: Cricket World Cup hopes out of PNG's control

11:45 am on 29 January 2014

Papua New Guinea are resigned to missing out on a place at next year's Cricket World Cup following another defeat in qualifying.

The Barramundi's were bowled out for 236 in pursuit of Scotland's 288 to drop to fourth place in the Super Six standings.

That means a top two placing is now out of their control, with the United Arab Emirates and Scotland two points clear of the chasing bunch with one round remaining.

PNG Assistant Coach Rarua Dikana says Scotland were the better team when it mattered.

"We lost at the key moments of the game. We managed to bowl the Scots out for 280 which was a big effort because they were looking at a score above more than 300. We got a good start but then we lost a wicket in the key moment in the innings, especially in the middle. The tailenders came in to do some hitting at the end but it was already too little too late because the pressure was too big for them".

PNG must now beat Hong Kong and hope other results go their way.