29 Apr 2017

Sport: Samoa and PNG start cricket qualifiers well

11:50 am on 29 April 2017

Samoa and Papua New Guinea have both started strongly at the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier in Japan, recording ten and nine wicket wins respectively.

In the opening match of the Qualifier, Samoa won the toss and sent Japan in to bat.

The home team lost regular wickets throughout their 20 overs, restricting their total to just 70 for the loss of 8.

Samoa's swing bowler Matile Uliao was frugal throughout her four overs, finishing with two wickets for the cost of just five runs.

In reply Samoa's big hitting openers Via Andrew and Lagi Otila Telea passed the target in just the 13th over.

PNG proved equally as good as they notched up a nine wicket win over a young Vanuatu team.

One of Ravina Oa's four wickets

One of Ravina Oa's four wickets Photo: ICC

Ravini Oa did the damage with the ball for PNG, taking 4 wickets off 3.5 overs.

Vanuatu were bowled out for 80, PNG cruising to victory in 11 overs.

PNG captain Pauke Siaka led from the front.

She top scored with 31 off just 30 balls in a partnership of 70 with Tanya Ruma.

The top team from the East Asia-Pacific Qualifier will qualify for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier.