The Hebou PNG Barramundis started their South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League campaign positively, after defeating Southern Force comfortably by six (6) wickets in Darwin on Sunday.
Skipper Assad Vala’s brilliant unbeaten century, brought the win home.
Batting first, Southern Force were bowled out for a very competitive 269 inside 49 overs.
After an opening partnership of 65, the Hebou PNG Barramundis pegged back the Force batsmen, with Willie Gavera leading the way in his first competitive match for the Barramundis in 12 months, taking 4 for 34 in nine overs.
Norman Vanua with 3 for 61, was the other multiple wicket taker for the Barramundis while Mahuru Dai with 1/39, John Boge Reva 1/37, and Assad Vala, 1/22, took a wicket each.
The Barramundis chased down the 270 target in only 44 overs, losing only four (4) wickets on the back of a classy unbeaten century from captain, Vala. Vala hit ten (10) boundaries and four (4) sixes in his knock.
Sese Bau (50) continued his good form hitting a half century while three (3) other batsmen scored at least 20 runs.