The HEBOU PNG Barramundis defeated the New South Wales (NSW) XI by four (4) wickets in another close encounter at Blacktown yesterday.
Batting first, the NSW XI posted 7/114 off their allotted 20 overs, with Ben Manenti (36) and Scott Copperfield (20*) the main contributors with the bat for the home side. The HEBOU PNG Barramundis bowlers were on their game against another strong NSW XI side, with Alei Nao (2/14) and Willie Gavera (2/28) the pick of the bowlers taking two (2) wickets apiece.
In reply, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis got off to a shaky start, losing Tony Ura (2) and Vani Vagi Morea (2) very early to leave the visitors in trouble at 2/19 after six (6) overs. Then Lega Siaka (21) and captain Assad Vala (30) steered the HEBOU PNG Barramundis out of trouble, before an unbeaten squash-buckling 20 off just 10 balls from veteran, Mahuru Dai guided the visitors to their first victory on tour with four (4) wickets and two (2) balls remaining.
Straight after the match, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis travelled down the highway to Canberra, where they will be taking 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 7/114 (20) Ben Manenti 36 (25), Scott Copperfield 20* (25), Jordan Gauci 18 (21), Alei Nao 2/14 (3), Willie Gavera 2/28 (4), Nosiana Pokana 1/7 (3), Chad Soper 1/17 (2) defeated by HEBOU PNG Barramundis 6/116 (19.4) Assad Vala 30 (24), Lega Siaka 21 (22), Mahuru Dai 20* (10), Devin Malone 2/11 (3) by four (4) wickets
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