Stage Set for Scintillating Final Day in Vanuatu

Stage Set for Scintillating Final Day in Vanuatu
Stage Set for Scintillating Final Day in Vanuatu
 

On the penultimate day in Port Vila, Samoa and Papua New Guinea both cruised to victory in their respective matches to set up a high stakes final match when they meet on Friday afternoon in the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific in Vanuatu.

There will be plenty to play for as the winning team 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.

The match of the day was undoubtedly between Indonesia and tournament hosts Vanuatu, who stormed home to victory in front of a bursting home crowd.

Vanuatu won the toss and elected to send Indonesia in to bat, which proved to be a clever decision when the visitors were reeling at 6/23 after eight overs.

Leimara Tastuki was the chief destroyer of Indonesia’s top order (3 for 9 off 3.5 overs), however it was an all-round bowling performance from the Vanuatu women as they topped Indonesia for 62 from 16.5 overs.

In reply, Vanuatu got off to a nervous start and when Maiyllisse Carlot was run out for a diamond duck with the score at 6/42, the local crowd started to feel the pressure.

However, a cool and calming performance from young Vanuatu batter Nasimana Navaika (19* off 27 balls) steered the team to victory in front of the excited fans who will be celebrating throughout the night.

Vanuatu captain Selina Solman after the game was very proud of her team’s performance and the spotlight it shone on women’s cricket in Vanuatu.

“I thought it was going to be an easy chase but it turned out to be a really close game… It’s amazing to have family and friends to come around and support women’s cricket. We also wanted to increase our place within the East Asia-Pacific tournament and I’m proud of our girls for doing their job for us”

In the other afternoon match, Papua New Guinea continued to showcase why they are the team to beat this tournament, passing Japan’s score with ten wickets in hand.

Papua New Guinea captain Kaia Arua exhibited her crafty talents spinning her way to five wickets and being awarded player of the match (5 for 7 off 4 overs).

Earlier in the day, Japan bounced back from a rocky start to post a very competitive score of 9/118 from their 20 overs against Fiji, with Iko (22 off 26 balls) and Miyaji (22* off 18 balls) settling the batting.

Japan’s score proved to be too big a task for Fiji, who finished the innings at 8/78 after contributions from Lomani (27 off 44 balls) and Tagilala (27 from 36 balls).

In the other morning match, Samoa defeated Vanuatu by eight wickets, captain Regina Lill’i continued her strong form with another unbeaten knock (37* off 44 balls) and Lagi Telea (3 for 9 off 4 overs) showed why she is a bowler to watch.

The stage is set for an enthralling final day with plenty to play for in Port Vila, which will cap off what has been a captivating tournament.

Summary Score

Vanuatu 58 (17.3) Telea 3/9 (4) defeated by Samoa 2/59 (15) Lili’i 37* by 8 wickets

Japan 9/118 (20) defeated Fiji 8/87 (20) by 31 runs.

Japan 37 (19.3) Arua 5/7 (4) defeated by Papua New Guinea 0/38 (6.2) by 10 wickets.

Indonesia 62 (16.5) Tastuki 3/9 (3.5) defeated by Vanuatu 6/63 (18.1) Eduard 3/9 (4) by 4 wickets.

Points Table

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Points

NRR

PNG

4

4

0

8

3.593

Samoa

4

4

0

8

1.956

Vanuatu

4

2

2

4

-0.138

Indonesia

4

1

3

2

-0.448

Japan

4

1

3

2

-1.161

Fiji

4

0

4

0

-4.339


Upcoming matches

10 May morning: Indonesia v Fiji (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 1); Japan v Vanuatu(Vanuatu Cricket Ground 2)

10 May afternoon: Samoa v PNG (Vanuatu Cricket Ground 1)

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

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