Sport: PNG cricketers hoping for strong finish

1:37 pm on 29 November 2017

Papua New Guinea's cricketers are targeting a strong finish to the long-running ICC Intercontinental Cup but already have one eye on the upcoming one day matches against Hong Kong in the UAE.

The Barramundis are sixth of eight teams in the I-Cup four-day competition, going into their final round match against Hong Kong, which starts in Sharjah today.

They drew their last encounter against Scotland in Port Moresby and a win over Hong Kong could lift them as high as third.

PNG take on Scotland at Amini Park.

PNG drew with Scotland in their previous Intercontinental Cup match. Photo: Cricket PNG

But captain Assad Vala admits the main prize is next week's World Cricket League ODIs and the chance to finish top and earn a place in the new ICC ODI League.

"We need Netherlands to lose (against Namibia) and we need to win both but we can't concentrate on what Netherlands have to do but we just need to concentrate on what we have to do," he said.

"We can't focus on what they can do to get the results but what we have to do is play well, prepare the best we can and we know it's a game.

"That's all we need to do while (hoping) their results go our way and we don't want to focus on other things, we just want to focus on what we can do well."

The Barramundis warmed up for the I-Cup with two one day international defeats against Scotland in Dubai.

The Barramundis players huddle together during their home series against Scotland.

The 50-over league is where PNG's focus is. Photo: Cricket PNG