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Soper five-for leads PNG to comfortable win

Half-centuries by Vala and Morea helm chase after Kenya bowled out for 188

Soper five-for leads PNG to comfortable win
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The win meant PNG tasted success in the first ever ICC match held at its homeground.
An all-round effort helped Papua New Guinea beat Kenya by six wickets in the ICC World Cricket League Championship match at Amini Park, Port Moresby. The win meant PNG tasted success in the first ever ICC match held at its homeground, reaching 191 for 4 in 34.3 overs after Kenya had been bowled out for 188 in 47 overs. 





Kenya looked set for a bigger total, but Chad Soper’s 5 for 27 sent the team crashing from 172 for 5 to 188 all out in just 6.1 overs. With Vani Morea (53 off 65) and Assad Vala (69 not out off 70) then coming good, PNG reached its target comfortably.


 
Irfan Karim, who had carried his bat through Kenya’s innings with 73 not out off 115 balls, offered the most resistance, but the team’s innings never took off, with John Reva making early inroads with two wickets after Kenya had chosen to bat. Karim got some middle order support from Rakep Patel (39) and Gurdeep Singh (33) and was involved in partnerships worth 56 runs and 42 runs respectively with them, but there weren’t too many other contributions.


 
PNG’s reply got off to a solid start, Lega Siaka doing the early running with 24 off 19 balls. Vala and Morea, who came together when Siaka fell to leave PNG 42 for 1 in 7.1 overs, put on 84 runs from just 80 balls for the second wicket in a partnership that swung the game decisively PNG’s way. While Morea's innings consisted of three fours and two sixes, Vala scored eight boundaries in his unbeaten knock. Mahuru Dai also chipped in with a 44-ball 27 that bought PNG closer to the target after Morea and Sese Bau had fallen in succession.


 
PNG will take on Kenya once again on Monday, and if it can win that encounter, it will move to the third position in the ICC World Cricket League Championship table, behind the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

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