PNG Women make it two out of two

Pauke Siaka hits out against Japan
Pauke Siaka hits out against Japan

PNG Women 68-5 (John 28no) beat
Japan Women 67 (Siaka 3-8) by five wickets
ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier - East Asia-Pacific, game two

Papua New Guinea Women made it two wins out of two at the 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier - East Asia-Pacific in Samoa by beating Japan by five wickets.

After bowling Japan out for just 67 in 43.1 overs, they initially struggled in reply before getting home in 24.4 overs to put themselves in the clear at the top of the early standings.

Captain Pauke Siaka led the way with the ball, taking three for eight, while Sibona Jimmy grabbed three for 19 as Japan subsided, losing their last seven wickets for 17 runs after Shizuka Miyaji and Miho Kanno both made 16.

PNG then slipped to 19 for three in the early stages of their run chase with Miyaji dismissing Kari Seura for one and Konio Oala without scoring in consecutive deliveries.

Siaka then made 20 to get the run chase back on track and PNG were seen home by Kopi John, who was not out on 28, much to the delight of coach Rodney Maha.

"We don't want to be too confident, that's what I tell my players, and I'll probably tell them again tonight when we have our meeting," he said.

"But so far, so good. I'll take the wins as they come and I'm really happy for the girls."

Japan play Samoa in the third game of the tournament on Monday before the three sides all meet each other again next week.

The side at the top of the standings qualifies for the global qualifier for next year's Women's World Cup.

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