The HEBOU PNG Barramundis lost their opening match on their Australian Tour yesterday to the New South Wales XI at Pratten Park by six (6) runs in a rain affected match.
Batting first, the hosts made 3/98 before the rain stopped play after only 23 overs were bowled. Jordan Gaud was unbeaten on 44 runs for the NSW XI while Nosiana Pokana (1/7), John Boge Reva (1/8) and Mahuru Dai (1/20) all picked up a wicket for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis.
Under the Duck-Worth-Lewis System, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis required 99 runs in just 15 overs. In their pursuit, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis lost regular wickets at the start to be in deep trouble at 4/34 inside nine overs. Van Vagi Morea (22*), Mahuru Dai (16) and Dogodo Bau (10), steadied the innings and then pushed for an unlikely victory. Unfortunately the HEBOU PNG Barramundis fell six (6) runs short with Morea unbeaten on 22. Brisbane Heat, left-arm fast bowler, Josh Laylor was the pick of the bowlers for the NSW XI taking 4/23.
Speaking to Cricket PNG after the match, HEBOU PNG Barramundis Captain, Assad Vala was happy with how his team adapted to the tough conditions but was disappointed that they couldn’t get the win.
“The boys handled themselves very well in those conditions with play being stopped, teams going on and off due to rain, but (I was) very happy with the boys on how they handled that situation. At the same time, we were disappointed not to get the result against a quality NSW XI side,” said Vala.
“The bowlers were exceptional in their execution of their plans with young Nosa (Pokana), Alei (Nao) and Willie (Gavera) doing a great job. Our batting was not up to the standards we know we can perform at,” said Vala.
The HEBOU PNG Barramundis have a couple of days off before taking on the NSW XI again in another 50 over match on Sunday 12th February, 2017 at Hustville Oval.
“We want the best opportunity playing against quality players and teams who we watch on TV. It is a great experience for us, playing against players who play in the Big Bash. It was our first hot for the year and we know these games are very important for us and we can’t take it lightly in preparing us for a very busy international schedule for the year,” concluded Vala.
The HEBOU PNG Barramundis will take on the NSW XI in two (2) 50 Over and one (1) T20 match in Sydney before travelling to Canberra to take on the ACT XI in the curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s Match on Wednesday 15th February, 2017 at Manuka Oval. .
Tickets to the Prime Minister’s XI match are available now at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.
New South Wales XI 3/98 (23) Jordan Gaud 44*, Anthony Sams 21, Justin Avandaro 20, Nosiana Pokana 1/7 (5), John Boge Reva 1/8 (2) and Mahuru Dai 1/20 (3) defeated HEBOU PNG Barramundis 6/92 (15) Vani Vagi Morea 28*, Mahuru Dai 16, Lega Siaka 15, Josh Laylor 4/23 by six (6) runs.
HEBOU PNG Barramundis Tour Fixture
Wednesday 8th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (50 Over) @ Blacktown
Sunday 12th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (50 Over) @ Hustville Oval
Monday 13th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (T20) @ Blacktown
Wednesday 15th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs ACT XI (T20) @ Manuka Oval, Canberra