Papua New Guinea have long dominated the Pacific Games men's cricket tournament, having a 100% record since the first in 1979. And today the women continued that run with wins in their opening two matches in the first ever women's cricket tournament at the games.

Their first match of the day saw them win the toss and choose to bat first against Vanuatu. They started with an opening partnership of 53 in 8.2 overs between Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea, which ended when Ovasuru was out for 38. That was the top score in the PNG innings as they reached 139-8 from their 20 overs.

Vanuatu managed to bat out their overs in reply, but were never anywhere near their target. Only two players reached double figures as they were restricted to 85-9, losing by 54 runs.

They were even more dominant in their afternoon match against the Cook Islands. Again batting first after winning the toss, they scored 180-4 from their 20 overs, Norma Ovasure again top scoring, this time with 75 from just 54 balls. Pauke Siaka also contributed with an unbeaten 41.

The Cook Islands were bowled out for 62 in reply, with only two scores in double figures, securing a 118 run win for the hosts.

Earlier in the day, the Cook Islands played Fiji at the Colts Cricket Ground, choosing to bowl first after they won the toss. Fiji scored 167-4 from their 20 overs, Luisa Tawatatau top scoring with an unbeaten 60. Ruci Muriyalo gave the late overs some impetus with a 14 ball 37.

Mironi Rivaia batted well for the Cook Islands with 33, but there wasn't anything else to write home about as they were restricted to 96-7, losing by 71 runs. Murivalo was almost unplayable, going for just five runs in her four overs, taking three wickets in the process.

The other match of the day saw New Caledonia play their first ever women's international. The men's team of the French special collectivity have been famously incompetent in the Pacific Games, losing every match they've played. On the strength of their first match, the women are looking to be keeping up that tradition.

Samoa batted first in the match, scoring 204-4 in their 20 overs, Regina Lili'i top scoring with an unbeaten 66. Lagi Telea then did the damage with the ball, taking 5-11 as New Caledonia were bowled out for 57, a 147 run defeat.

The tournament continues tomorrow with Papua New Guinea looking to make it three from three when they play Fiji. Fiji will also play New Caledonia tomorrow, whilst the Cook Islands will look to avoid a third defeat when they play Samoa. Samoa will play Vanuatu in the other match of the day.


Papua New Guinea beat Vanuatu by 54 runs
Amini Park, Port Moresby, 6 July
Papua New Guinea 139-8 (20 overs, N Ovasure 38)
Vanuatu 85-9 (20 overs)

Papua New Guinea beat Cook Islands by 118 runs Amini Park, Port Moresby, 6 July
Papua New Guinea 180-4 (20 overs, N Ovasure 75, P Siaka 41*)
Cook Islands 62 (19 overs)

Fiji beat Cook Islands by 71 runs
Colts Cricket Ground, Port Moresby, 6 July
Fiji 167-4 (20 overs, L Tawatatau 60*, R Murivalo 37*)
Cook Islands 96-7 (20 overs, R Murivalo 3-5)

Samoa beat New Caledonia by 147 runs
Colts Cricket Ground, Port Moresby, 6 July
Samoa 204-4 (20 overs, R Lili'i 66*, L Bourne 35, E Kicene 3-40)
New Caledonia 57 (13.2 overs, L Telea 5-11, M Uliao 3-4)