With Scotland having secured their place in the Women's World Cup Qualifier with a clean sweep of the Netherlands this week in the European qualifier, attention turns to Samoa for the East Asia Pacific qualifier. This tournament has an extra team involved over the European one, with Papua New Guinea and Japan joining the hosts for a double round robin event.
In Friday's first game, Samoa won the toss and chose to bat first, losing opener Lelia Bourne and number three Via Andrew early on, finding themselves on 19-2 in the eighth over. Runs were hard to come by from that point on.
The other opener, Lagi Telea, lasted until the 20th over, but could only manage five runs from 55 balls before she was out. The experienced Regina Lili'i, who has played for Auckland in New Zealand's top women's competition, top scored for Samoa with 31.
Only two other batsmen reached double figures though as Samoa were bowled out for 136, the last wicket falling from the last ball of their 50 over quota. Off-spinner Sibona Jimmy was the pick of the PNG bowlers with 4-24.
Jimmy was a little less successful with the bat in her hand as she was the first wicket to fall, scoring just one before being bowled by Taalili Iosefo in the fourth over of the PNG run chase. PNG kept ahead of the required rate though, despite losing three wickets and having Helen Buruka retire hurt.
Pauke Siaka controlled the chase for PNG, scoring an unbeaten 53 from 66 balls. She shared in an unbroken 55 for the fifth wicket with Veru Frank as the visitors completed six wicket win with 15.1 overs to spare.
Today, Papua New Guinea took Japan, putting them into bat after winning the toss. Veru Frank took three quick wickets at the top of the order, leaving Japan on 12-3. Shizuka Miyaji and Miho Kanno put on 38 for the fourth wicket before Miyajo fell for 16.
Runs began to dry up from then on. Kanno also reached 16 before she was out, but there were no more scores in double figures for the Japanese. In all, Japan lost their last seven wickets for just 17 runs as PNG bowled them out for 67. Pauke Siaka, Veru Frank and Sibona Jimmy all took three wickets for Papua New Guinea, with Siaka being the most economical, conceding just eight runs from her ten overs.
In reply, Papua New Guinea lost some early wickets, with two of the top three getting out for 1 and number four Konio Oala getting out for a golden duck. Kopi John and Pauke Siaka held on though, scoring 28 not out and 20 respectively to help PNG complete a five wicket win with over half of their quota of overs still to come.
Sunday is a rest day in the tournament, and it will resume on Monday with hosts Samoa playing Japan. They will then play Papua New Guinea again on Tuesday.
Samoa lost to Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets
Samoa Sports Ground, 15 July
Samoa 136 (50 overs, S Jimmy 4-24)
Papua New Guinea 137-4 (34.5 overs, P Siaka 53*)
Papua New Guinea beat Japan by 5 wickets
Samoa Sports Ground, 16 July
Japan 67 (43.1 overs, P Siaka 3-8, V Frank 3-14, S Jimmy 3-19)
Papua New Guinea 68-5 (24.4 overs)