Despite coming home with the wooden spoon, the classy Hebou PNG Barramundis’ made a promising dent on the pitch, giving their opponents a run for their money.
Hebou PNG Barramundis’ set off their 50 over World Cup Qualifier campaign on a high note.
Barras had no time to waste as they welcomed the 2014 in New Zealand against the much-fancied big guns in Netherlands, Kenya and Namibia.
They took the pitch, belting their way up, finishing on top in their pool and made it into the super six playoffs.
Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Norman Vanua and Raymond Haoda fought tooth and nail in their second match against Scotland, restricting them for 300 as they pulled back, bowling out at 9 for 288.
Scotland tightened the screws with the wicket, but Charles Amini and Mahuru Dai’s efforts weren’t in vain as they collected over the 200 mark before being bowled out for 236 in the 46th over.
Barras then narrowly slumped by a 3 wickets loss over Hong Kong.
The Barras arrived home over the weekend and were welcomed by Cricket PNG Chairman Mick Nades, and Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko.
All were smiling including family and friends who indulged in their successful tour.
Despite the loss, the Hebou Barramundis’ finished fourth in the standings and have gained One Day International (ODI) status.
The status gives privilege to Barras to receive significant funding.
Barras have now jumped from 19th to 16th in the World rankings as they and Hong Kong claimed the other two ODI status spots.
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