Papua New Guinea start their title defence strongly

The Papua New Guinea Lewas have got their regional title defence off to a strong start at the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific in Port Vila, with two wins from the their opening matches.

PNG came into the Qualifier as clear favourites having won the previous three regional events in the EAP and their 57 run win over Vanuatu and seven wicket win over Indonesia reaffirmed that.

Their campaign got off to a slow but steady start against Vanuatu after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Captain Kaia Arua was run out in the first over before Sibona Jimmy (34 off 41 balls) and Tanya Ruma (66 off 66 balls) combined for an 84 run second wicket partnership.

Ruma did most of the damage hitting eight boundaries including one six while Brenda Tau (21 off 13 balls) chipped in with some quick runs at the end to help PNG post a formidable 4 for 144 from their 20 overs.

Leimara Tastuki (25 off 28) was one of only three batters for Vanuatu to make it into double figures as PNG bowled them out for just 87 off exactly 20 overs.

PNG win opening match against Vanuatu in EAP Qualifier

Player of the match Ravini Oa (5 for 13 off 4 overs) did the damage with the ball for PNG despite injuring her hand batting the day before. 
“Today was an amazing break through because I didn’t expect to take wickets because of my injured hand. 
It’s a great honour and privilege to represent your country and be proud and carry the flag around”, Oa reflected after the match.
PNG followed this up with a resounding win over Indonesia in the afternoon, with Natasha Ambo (5 for 10 off 4 overs) picking up her first five wicket haul for PNG.

In the other morning match Indonesia, playing in their first ever ICC women’s tournament, recorded a win first up, beating Japan by seven wickets.
Indonesia’s captain Puji Haryanti was clear after the match that there was plenty on the line at this tournament and it was “very important for female cricket in Indonesia because this is the first time at the Qualifiers and winning the first game is very important for habits going into the next games.”
In the afternoon Samoa opened their account with a nine wicket win over Fiji.

Lily Mulivai (2 for 11 off 4 overs and 20 not out off 15 balls), in her first match for Samoa since 2015, was the star with bat and ball as Samoa chased down their target of 79 inside ten overs.

The 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific is taking place in Port Vila, Vanuatu from May 6 to 11 and features teams from Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu. 

The top team at the end of the tournament will qualify for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier to be held in Scotland later this year, and also for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier to be held in 2020.

Summary Scores

PNG 4/144 (20) Ruma 66, Jimmy 34, Tau 21 defeated Vanuatu 87 (20) Tastuki 25, Oa 5/13 (4), Jimmy 2/14 (4) by 57 runs

Japan 6/101 (20) Oda 36, Miyaji 18* defeated by Indonesia 3/102 (17.2) Anggraeni 40, Prastini 25, Sakarini 20*  by 7 wickets

Indonesia 7/69 (20) Sakarini 30*, Ambo 5/10 (4) defeated by PNG 3/70 (14.5) Tau 30*, Arua 22 by 7 wickets

Fiji 8/78 (20) Waqavakatoga 27 defeated by Samoa 1/81 (9.4) Lili’I 37*, Mulivai 20* by 9 wickets

Points Table

 

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Points

NRR

PNG

2

2

0

4

2.244

Samoa

1

1

0

2

4.479

Indonesia

2

1

1

2

-0.329

Japan

1

0

1

0

-0.835

Vanuatu

1

0

1

0

-2.850

Fiji

1

0

1

0

-4.479

 

 

Upcoming matches

 

7 May morning: Samoa v Japan (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 1); Fiji v PNG (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 2)

7 May afternoon: Indonesia v Samoa (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 1); Vanuatu v Fiji (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 2)

Morning matches start at 9.30am local time, and afternoon matches start at 1:30pm local time.