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PNG win seals fourth consecutive U19 World Cup appearance

The win meant Papua New Guinea qualify for the 2014 Under 19 World Cup in Dubai

PNG win seals fourth consecutive U19 World Cup appearance - Cricket News
PNG will make its fourth consecutive U19 World Cup appearance
A dominant bowling performance from Papua New Guinea was enough to secure a 45 run win, despite Vanuatu sending a scare through the tournament favourites earlier in the day.
 
Arriving from the bouncy wickets of Darwin, the PNG side were slow to adjust to the conditions, as Vanuatu skipper Nalin Nipiko and medium pacer Worek Tastuki continued their trend of making early breakthroughs.
 
Some aggression from PNG opener Anthony Vare lifted the score from 2/8 to 2/27, but Vanuatu collected the next four wickets for just 11 runs.
 
Captain Dogodo Bau was involved in a disastrous run out, while change bowlers Apo Stephen and Callum Blake were introduced and continued to strike at regular intervals.
 
Stephen was the pick of the Vanuatu bowlers, and at 8/56, a massive upset appeared to be on the cards.
 
But Hiri Hiri and Kabua Vagi Morea combined for a 33-run, 9th wicket partnership to take the score to 89, pushing singles and putting away a rare loose delivery
 
With PNG in control, Hiri needlessly hit a full toss from Stephane Sandy to deep mid wicket and Vagi Morea skied a ball not long after – Vanuatu left with a chase of 93 for victory.
 
But Ronald Tari chopped on early, and when an Alei Nao direct hit ended Malon Tastuki’s cameo before lunch, the game was in the balance with Vanuatu on 2/21.
 
Vagi Morea weaved a spell immediately after lunch, going straight through Joshua Rasu and having Clement Tommy caught in the slips in the first over after the break.
 
Callum Blake edged one behind soon after for nought, as Sakavai Gebai’s superb line and length constantly tested the techniques of Vanuatu’s batsmen.
 
With the skipper Nipiko looking solid at the crease, the game still hung in the balance, and Stephen joined him for a 17-run partnership.
 
Gebai took a ripping catch off his own bowling on the second grab to remove Stephen, and from there Vanuatu capitulated from 5/43 to be all out for 47.
 
The win means Papua New Guinea qualify for the 2014 Under 19 World Cup in Dubai, and captain Dogodo Bau was more than pleased.
 
“It’s a pleasure to win the game, we worked really hard. When we were batting we were struggling a little bit, then our bowlers did the job. I’m so proud of the boys, I almost cried.”
 
On the other hand, Vanuatu coach was disappointed, but felt for his boys after they had given their all but came up short.
 
“We’re very disappointed, the boys are just shattered. They did the hard work in the field, and just didn’t follow through with the bat,” Moran said.
 
Live scores, match reports and media (audio and visual) are available via www.icceap.com

 
FINAL (John Blanck Oval)
 
Papua New Guinea: 92 all out, 36.4 overs (K. Vagi Morea 16, A. Stephen 3/29, Callum Blake 2/11, W. Tastuki 2/21)
Vanuatu: 47 all out, 27.4 overs (K. Vagi Morea 4/20, S. Gebai 3/8)
 
Papua New Guinea won by 46 runs
Man of the Match: TBA

 
 
Meanwhile, in the T20 playoff for 3rd place, Fiji were sent in and compiled 102 for the loss of six wickets from their allotted overs.
 
Sagaitu Konusi was unbeaten on 29, Qalo Kau scored a quick-fire 24 and medium pacer Leo Taiala took 3/24.
 
In reply, Samoa were bowled out for just 70, Siisii Pupula top scoring with 16. Saimoni Tuitoga, Cakacaka Tikoisuva and Sakiusa Dokosobau all collected two wickets.
 
Live scores, match reports are available via www.icceap.com

 
3rd Place Playoff – T20 (Ron McMullin Oval)

 
Fiji: 6/102, 20 overs (S. Konusi 27*, Q Kau 24, L. Taiala 3/24)
Samoa 70 all out, 18.3 overs (S. Pupula 16, S. Dokosobau 2/4, C. Tikoisuva 2/9, S. Tuitoga 2/19)
 
Fiji won by 32 runs
Man of the Match: Sagaitu Konusi

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