15 Nov 2014

Sports: PNG cricket success continues

9:27 am on 15 November 2014

The Papua New Guinea cricket team have continued their recent historic One Day International success into the longer form of the game.

The PNG Baramundis swept Hong Kong in their very first ODI series last week and as Koro Vaka'uta reports, their dominance has continued.

"Both teams stayed in Townsville to play a three day match with the PNG team cruising to victory. The Barramundis looked for quick runs early on Day 3 after resuming on 58/4 but lost quick wickets to slump to 69/8. Assad Vala, batting at an unfamiliar position at number 8 hit an unbeaten 40 runs off just 13 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes to help take PNG to a healthy lead before they declared at 114 giving Hong Kong a chase of 379 for victory in just over two sessions. In reply, Hong Kong lost their opening batsmen early to Pipi Raho and Willie Gavera to be in trouble at 12/2. Kinchit Shah and Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson steadied the innings, putting on a 99 third wicket partnership before Norman Vanua broke the partnership, dismissing Shah. Lower order resistance delayed the inevitable result, but Hong Kong were eventually dismissed late on Day 3 for 245, falling 133 runs short. In-form Vanua was the star with the ball taking 5/36 while Gavera 2/27 was the other multiple wicket taker. PNG will now travel to Lismore to take part in the ICC East Asia Pacific Mens Tournament."

PNG cricket players and coaching staff

PNG cricket players and coaching staff Photo: PNG CRICKET