Sport: PNG cricketers targeting strong finish

12:09 pm on 25 January 2018

Papua New Guinea are targeting a 13th place finish at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup as they seek to snap their winless run.

The Garamuts have struggled so far in New Zealand, losing heavily in pool matches against Zimbabwe, India, and Australia, before a 80 run defeat by Canada in the Plate quarter finals.

Next up is Ireland, who were beaten at the same stage by the West Indies on Monday.

PNG Cricket CEO Greg Campbell

Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell. Photo: PNG Cricket

Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell said it was a very young team and it's a big learning experience for them.

"Most of these boys have never travelled that far - they've travelled to Brisbane for a camp before Christmas and they've come to a new country," he said.

"And the coaches were telling me that six or seven of them can play in the next World Cup so we deliberately picked a young team looking forward to that.

"Not taking any disrespect from this World Cup. We wanted to finish as high as we can and we can still finish 13th, so they identified that's where they want to finish."

PNG will face either Kenya or Namibia in their final match of the tournament.

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