Popondetta Cricket Association (PCA) hosted their Grand Finals last Saturday 10th June at the Independence Oval in Popondetta with Wanda Hoods winning both the Mens and Womens Divisions.
In the Women’s Division, Wanda Hoods batted first and posted a very respectable 5/100 off their allotted 20 overs against Mari Knights thanks to valuable innings’ from Androlla Haura (31 off 22 balls) and Natasha Ambo (23 off 25 balls). In reply the Wanda Hoods’ bowlers restricted Mari Knights to 9/89 off their allotted 20 overs with Natasha Ambo claiming two (2) wickets.
The Men’s Division Grand Final was a nail-bitter with the Wanda Hoods prevailing over Friends by only two (2) runs. Batting first, Wanda Hoods made 9/94 off their allotted 20 overs with Joe Murua (24 off 16 balls) and James Mau (20 off 24 balls) among the runs, while Trevor Mau was the pick off the Friends’ bowlers taking 2/12. In reply, Trevor Mau (26 off 32 balls) and Albert Duboda (25 off 19 balls) nearly got Friends over the line but fell two (2) runs short, posting 7/92 off their allotted 20 overs. John Amo (3/21) and Rodney Mark (2/7) were the pick of the Wanda Hoods’ bowlers.
“As the President of PCA, we are delighted at the 2017 PCA 20 Over competition which both the Wanda Hoods men & women teams won. We encountered some setbacks regarding the grounds but that did not stop us from running our competition,” said Popondetta CA President, Robin Dogia.
“We are also pleased to see PCA players selected in the national team (City Pharmacy PNG Lewas) and partake in the Hebou Shield which also boosting the cricket code in the Province,” concluded Dogia.
PCA will be taking a month off due to the election period, before commencing the 50 Over, Under 17 and Under 19 Competitions in August.
Popondetta CA Grand Final Results
Wanda Hoods 5/100 (20) Androlla Haura 31 (22), Natasha Ambo 23 (25) defeated Mari Knights 9/89 (20) Sine Steven 15 (11) by 11 runs.
Wanda Hoods 9/94 (20) Joe Murua 24 (16), James Mau 20 (24), Trevor Mau 2/12 defeated Friends 7/92 (20) Trevor Mau 26 (32), Albert Duboda 25 (19), John Amo 3/21, Rodney Mark 2/7 by 2 runs.