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12 July 201519:31

Bowlers give PNG first points

Bowled out for 121, Jersey falls short by 24 runs despite Jenner's 44

Bowlers give PNG first points - Cricket News
Papua New Guinea began its Group A campaign in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier with a 24-run win over Jersey in Bready on Sunday (July 12).

Asked to bat, with useful contributions from most of its line-up, PNG managed to post 145 for 9 in its quota of overs. In reply, Jersey only managed to get to 121 before being bowled out in 19.4 overs.

Needing to score at more than seven an over, the Jersey openers, who scored half-centuries in the first match, couldn’t replicate the same this time around. Peter Gough, the captain, fell in the fifth over to Willie Gavera for a 21-ball 14 and Edward Farley followed an over later for 5.

Jonty Jenner then took on the role of the aggressor and shared stands of 27 and 26 with Cornelis Bodenstein (10) and Ben Stevens (15) en route to a 29-ball 44, keeping Jersey in the chase.

Gavera returned to scalp the big wicket of Jenner, which caused a flurry of dismissals, ending Jersey’s hopes of scaling the target. Jersey slipped from 100 for 5 to 121 all out with Norman Vanua picking up three wickets for 19 runs in his four overs. Gavera and Chad Soper finished with two wickets apiece.

Earlier in the day, after the start was delayed due to a wet outfield, Tony Ura and Lega Siaka made a brisk start to the PNG innings, putting on 44 in the fifth over. Stevens halted their onslaught by dismissing both openers in successive overs to cut down the flow of runs. Ura was dismissed for a 16-ball 22, while Siaka made 26 in 19 balls.

Assad Vala (29) and Kila Pala (20) put on a 37-run stand for the third wicket, which was the last substantial partnership for PNG.

Jack Vare, the captain, scored a crucial 20 to give PNG some much-needed runs towards the end before Anthony Kay ran through its lower order, picking up wickets in successive balls in the final over. Stevens and Kay finished with three wickets each.

"We are very happy with the way we played," Vala said after the match. "But we need to work on doing well in the middle overs, so that is an area we need to improve on. Bowlers did well, and the fielding was good too."

PNG thus opened its account with two points after one game to climb up to third spot on the Group A table, while Jersey is placed fourth with the same number of points. Jersey will next face USA on Wednesday, while PNG is up against Hong Kong on Monday.

"We have a good rivalry against Hong Kong," added Vala. "We have played them quite a few times in the recent past. We know they will come hard at us, but hopefully, we can do well."

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