PNG Maintain Winning Start

EAP keeper Trevor Langa in action
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Papua New Guinea have made it four wins out of four after two more victories on day two of the Asia-Pacific Rising Stars Trophy in Brisbane.

An innings of 52 off 42 balls by opening batsman Assad Vala helped them beat the Australian Indigenous Development side, who scored 110 for eight from their 20 overs.

PNG made a slow start to their run chase before Vala took control, eventually winning the match and reaching his half-century with a huge six over long-off.

"I had a good game today and was happy with how I batted," he said afterwards. "We had not batted or bowled too well in this tournament and we had a good chat during the break today to try to correct what went wrong our previous three games.

"We’ve been trying to hit too many boundaries so we tried to concentrate on working more singles in this game, rotate the strike and build partnerships."

Ben Abbatangelo, captain of the Australian Indigenous Development team was full of praise for the PNG side.

“Their clean-hitting and their fielding is just first-class," he said. "The way they play together as a team and the way they enjoy each other’s company is impressive."

Earlier, the Australian Indigenous Development team reached 147 for eight against East Asia-Pacific, who were then bowled out for 106 in reply.

PNG then defeated the Australian Combined Servies in the other morning match.

The Combined Services could make just 98, Martin Blackman hitting 31, but in reply, PNG raced to victory in 17.1 overs for a seven-wicket win.

It was not a good day for the Combined Services, who lost by19 runs in the afternoon to EAP.

EAP made 116 for nine batting first, captain Andrew Mansale making 28 and although the Combined Services team started well enough, they were dismissed for 95.

After four games each, PNG sit comfortable atop the table with 8 points. The Australian Indigenous Development team and EAP are both on 4 points, with the former ahead on net run-rate. The Australian Combined Services are yet to register a win.

The tournament resumes with the final two games of round robin play on Friday.

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