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Perfect performance from PNG in Port Vila

PNG celebrate after winning the Women's Qualifier EAP 2019
Papua New Guinea kept their perfect record alive as they overpowered the previously undefeated Samoa on the final day in Vanuatu of the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific in Vanuatu.

The win meant that PNG now proceed to the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier to be held in Scotland later this year, and also for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier to be held in 2020.

The match was set up early from PNG when they won the toss and elected to field, tearing through Samoa’s previously defiant top order to put them on the back foot at 2/9 when Ravini Oa got the prized scalp of Samoa captain Regina Lill’i (4 off 16 balls).

Samoa fought back strongly with patient innings’ from Lily Mulivai (13 off 24 balls) and Feala Pula (23 off 38 balls), however their partnership was put to an end when PNG captain Kaia Arua came on to bowl (3 for 9 off 4 overs) on her way to being awarded Player of the Match.

Some late runs from the Samoa lower order helped build some momentum as they posted a competitive score of 6/82 after 20 overs.

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Women's Qualifier 2019 – Africa: Samoa v PNG – PNG winning moment

PNG were in all sorts of trouble when they lost their second wicket in third over, however the experience of Kaia Arua (27 off 51 balls) and Brenda Tau (32* off 30 balls) combined for what proved to be the match and tournament winning partnership, passing Samoa’s score with 20 balls to spare for the loss of only three wickets.

After the match, PNG’s captain and player of the match, Kaia Arua said “It’s very emotional, a dream come true.

"We always wanted to win here because it’s the next step in qualifying for the T20 and 50-over World Cups, so I thought we did well.

"It didn’t happen with just one person, but it was the whole team working together and I am very proud of the team.”

Earlier in the day, Vanuatu continued their winning ways when they chased down Japan’s score with 33 balls remaining for the loss of only one wicket.

Nasimana Navaika delighted the crowd with her leg-spinners to return career-best figures (4 for 15 off 4 overs) and help restrict Japan’s batting to 9/93 after 20 overs.

The Vanuatu batters never gave Japan a sniff of victory with an opening stand of 48 runs inside seven overs when Valenta Langiatu departed after a quickfire performance (35 off 24 balls), with significant contributions from Rachel Andrew (31* off 40 balls) and Selina Solman (23* off 24 balls) to see the hosts to victory.

In the other morning match, Indonesia notched up their second win of the tournament when they defeated Fiji by eight wickets.

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Women's Qualifier 2019 – EAP: Samoa v PNG highlights

Indonesia always looked to be in control of the game when they won the toss and opted to field first, which proved to be a wise decision on their way to bowling Fiji all out for 69 with major contributions from Netty Sitompul (3 for 6 off 3.4 overs) and Edenyce Eduard (3 for 10 off 4 overs).

Fiji had no response to Indonesia as they cruised to victory for the loss of only two wickets, with still 51 balls remaining.

The day capped off a fascinating week in Port Vila, which showcased the best of women’s cricket in the East Asia-Pacific region.

Papua New Guinea qualify for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier to be held in Scotland later this year, and also for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier to be held in 2020.

Summary Score

Samoa 6/82 (20) Pula 23, Arua 3/9 (4) defeated by Papua New Guinea 3/83 (16.4) Tau 32, Arua 27 by 7 wickets.

Japan 9/94 (20) Navaika 4/15 (4) defeated by Vanuatu 1/95 (14.3) Langiatu 35, Andrew 31* by 9 wickets.

Fiji 69 (19.4) Sitompul 3/6 (3.4), Eduard 3/10 (4) defeated by Indonesia 2/73 (11.3) Bastari 26* by 8 wickets.

Points Table

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Points

NRR

PNG

5

5

0

10

2.954

Samoa

5

4

1

8

1.219

Vanuatu

5

3

2

6

0.216

Indonesia

5

2

3

4

0.14

Japan

5

1

4

2

-1.296

Fiji

5

0

5

0

-4.052


Rights free video of the day’s play can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8zv0786ky084xit/AAAGSO8NQvpbkx79VSRqVrIia?dl=0

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