by Tere Alex- EMTV, Port Moresby
The PNG Barramundis remain undefeated after four rounds of matches at the PEPSI ICC EAP Mens Trophy in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.
The Barras were consistent in their matches so far, defeating Fiji, Cook Islands and Indonesia. In yesterday’s match, the Barras thrashed Philippines.
Barramundis showed class with a crushing 172 run win over the Philippines.
Batting first, Barras smashed 7 for 202 in a strong team performance. Willie Gavera claimed 6 for 10 and bowled the Philippines out for the lowest total in the tournament to date, just 30 runs.
In the earlier match, Philippines restricted Japan to 9 for 102 of their allotted 20 overs and cruised to victory in 14.4 overs with 6 wickets in hand, while Barras outclassed Indonesia with a whopping 193 runs.
Samoa lost some of the wickets against a fired up Cook Islands side however, the Cooks celebrations were short lived as Samoa, guided by captain Ben Mailata’s 89 run up to a notch of 4 for 203. The Cook Islands put up little resistance falling 88 run short.
Fiji got on top of Vanuatu early taking regular wickets. Vanuatu managed a total of 128. In reply, Vanuatu were disciplined with ball conceding very few runs in the early stages, however Vanuatu’s Giles Smith gave his side a glimmer of hope with a well-made 49, but Vanuatu denied Fiji with 35 run win.
Fiji bounced back from their morning loss to put on a positive display with the bat and post 161 off their 20 overs against Japan. With the ball Fiji were equally as clinical topping off a complete performance on Oaks oval as they dismissed Japan for just 79 runs.
In Vanuatu- Samoa match, Vanuatu posted a total of 158 run to chase. In reply, Samoa’s Ben Malaita and Pritchard Pritchard combination were never better with smashing balls all over the park for a comfortable Samoa victory.
In the final game Indonesia tasted their first success with a tight 3 run win over the Cook Islands. PNG and Vanuatu are leading in the win, followed by Samoa, Fiji, Japan, Phillippines, Indonesia and Cook Islands.