Sport: PNG's cricket World Cup qualification off to sad start

3:27 pm on 23 August 2019
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The Papua New Guinea cricket team have made a disappointing start to their World Cup qualification campaign in Scotland.

The Barramundis lost all four of their matches against Scotland and Oman in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.

Seven teams are playing 21 tri-series over three years for a chance to be at the 2023 World Cup in India.

Each team contests nine tri-series and a total of 36 matches.

PNG cricket coach Joe Dawes said his team played some of their best cricket so far but were let down by simple errors.

"It really just brings home that skill-wise we are as good as any of these teams and I'd argue that (in terms of) natural ability we have probably got even more skill than a lot of them but we are lacking is cricket brains, cricket smarts. And that just comes from playing hard cricket," Dawes said.

Both Scotland and Oman each won three matches but Scotland won the series with a superior run rate.

The PNG Barramundis are back in action in Florida next month where they will be taking on the USA and Namibia.

"Looking forward to the States, it's a really great place to go on a cricket tour. Fort Lauderdale another great experience for everyone involved," Dawes said.

"We will be making some changes to the side... and you know we are just going to be putting pressure on the guys to perform with bat and ball. Its four more games of cricket which is fantastic for the boys."