The first ever women's cricket tournament at the Pacific Games continued today with Samoa and Papua New Guinea the only unbeaten teams. Samoa are just on top thanks to a superior net run rate.

Samoa started the day with a match against Vanuatu at Amini Park, with Vanuatu batting first after winning the toss. Only Rachel Andrew and Mahina Tarimiala were able to reach double figures for Vanuatu as they were bowled out for 77. Lagi Telea was the pick of the bowlers with 3-9.

The Samoan side had little trouble chasing down their low target, and they won by 8 wickets in 8.5 overs. Lelia Bourne led the way with an unbeaten 41 from 29 balls.

The other match of the morning saw New Caledonia batting first against medal contenders Fiji at the Colts Cricket Ground. Ruci Muriyalo tore through their batting line-up, taking 5-8 as they were bowled out for 56. Fiji knocked off the runs without too much issue in 7.4 overs to win by 7 wickets.

The afternoon match at the Colts Cricket Ground was between the Cook Islands and Samoa, with the Cook Islands batting first after winning the toss. They struggled against the experienced Samoan bowling attack and were only able to score 84-6 from their 20 overs. As in the morning, Samoa knocked off the runs with little trouble, winning by 8 wickets in 7.4 overs.

The other match of the afternoon, over at Amini Park, saw Papua New Guinea batting first after winning the toss. They dominated the Fijian attack as openers Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea put on 135. Ovasuru was out once she'd scored 68 from just 46 balls, whilst Morea batted until the end of the innings, scoring 61.

The final PNG total was 167-2, and Fiji's reply saw them get nowhere near it. Their reply came to end when in a remarkable spell, Veru Frank took four wickets for just one run in 1.4 overs. Fiji were bowled out for 86, losing by 81 runs.

There is a rest day tomorrow and the tournament resumes on Thursday. New Caledonia have the ominous task of taking on gold medal favourites Papua New Guinea in the afternoon after a match against Vanuatu in the morning. Vanuatu will also play again in the afternoon, taking on the Cook Islands. The other match of the day will see Fiji play Samoa.

Results

Samoa beat Vanuatu by 8 wickets
Amini Park, Port Moresby, 7 July
Vanuatu 77 (16.5 overs, L Telea 3-9)
Samoa 79-2 (8.5 overs, L Bourne 41*)

Fiji beat New Caledonia by 7 wickets
Colts Cricket Ground, Port Moresby, 7 July
New Caledonia 56 (14.4 overs, R Muriyalo 5-8)
Fiji 57-3 (7.4 overs)

Samoa beat Cook Islands by 8 wickets
Colts Cricket Ground, Port Moresby, 7 July
Cook Islands 84-6 (20 overs)
Samoa 85-2 (7.4 overs)

Papua New Guinea beat Fiji by 81 runs
Amini Park, Port Moresby, 7 July
Papua New Guinea 167-2 (20 overs, N Ovasuru 68, V Morea 61*)
Fiji 86 (18.4 overs, V Frank 4-1)