The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas touched town in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday ahead of their ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier campaign.
Speaking to Cricket PNG (CPNG), the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas Coach, Rodney Maha was excited about the upcoming tournament.
“We want to be competitive and make it to the top 4 so we can qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup for the first time,” said Maha.
When asked about the overall preparation for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, Maha seemed to be please.
“We have prepared well and the overall preparations have been better than the last ICC WT20 Qualifier in Thailand a couple of years ago,” said Maha.
Maha also gave an insight into the strengths and challenges for the tournament.
“Our strong points will be our bowling and team spirit. Our major challenge will be playing our best cricket all the way to the end,” said Maha
Maha also told CPNG that it was important for individuals and the overall team to do well.
“It is very crucial for the team and individuals to play well if we are going to advance to the next stage. Without good individual performances the team will not do well,” concluded Maha.
The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas will be one (1) of the ten (10) teams taking part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier from the 7-21st February, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Scotland, Zimbabwe and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas go head to head for the four (4) remaining spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom from the 26th June to the 23rd February, 2017.
The ten (10) sides competing in Colombo will be divided into two groups of five with the top three from each progressing to the Super Six stage, thus securing One-Day International (ODI) status until the next ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas are in Group B along with South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Scothland.
The top four sides from the Super Six stage will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as well as for the next ICC Women’s Championship, while the top two sides will contest the final on 21 February.
The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas will start their campaign today, where they will play a Sri Lankan Emerging XI is a practice match at the KTZ Ground in Colombo.
City Pharmacy PNG Lewas ICC WWC Qualifier Fixture
Friday 3rd February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Sri Lankan Emerging @ KTZ Ground (Practice)
Sunday 5th February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Thailand @ Moors Ground (Practice)
Tuesday 7th February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Bangladesh @ CCC (Match 1)
Friday 10th February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Pakistan @ NCC (Match 2)
Saturday 11th February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Scotland @ MCA (Match 3)
Monday 13th February, 2017- City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs South Africa @ NCC (Match 4)
Super Six Matches start from Wednesday 15th February, 2017.
City Pharmacy PNG Lewas Squad
Pauke Siaka (POMCA)
Helen Buruka (POMCA)
Ravini Oa (POMCA)
Veru Kila Frank (POMCA)
Konio Oala (POMCA)
Brenda Hoi Tau (POMCA)
Kopi John (POMCA)
Mairi Tom (POMCA)
Hinamutawa Philip (Ahioma CA)
Sibona Lucy Jimmy (POMCA)
Vicky Araa (POMCA)
Kaia Arua (POMCA)
Norma Ovasuru (Gold Coast, Australia)
Tanya Ruma (POMCA)
Rodney Maha (Coach)
Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Coach)
Billy Ame (S & C Coach)
Dolly Apollo (Physio)
Helen Macindoe (Team Manger)