ICC Media Release
Papua New Guinea continued its domination of this event today seeing off with ease a challenge from Denmark at Kowloon Cricket Club. The Danes batting line-up failed once again today with the top seven batsmen in the side all departing after being caught in the field by the in-form Papua New Guineans.
Aftab Ahmed was the top scorer for the Danish side with his 39 not out to help his side to 112, but his efforts were in vain as Loa Nou, Hitolo Areni, Chris Amini and Chris Kent claimed two wickets each leaving one each for their captain Rarua Dikana and team-mate Mahuru Dai.
Having given the Danish a master class in fielding, it was then up to Papua New Guinea's batsmen to showcase their abilities to the European side. Unfortunately for Asad Vala it wasn't his day to give a batting exhibition, with the 23-year-old departing for a duck, but he made way for Chris Amini who alongside Tony Ura knocked off the required runs in just 22.3 overs.
Today's victory has secured the side a place in Saturday's final no matter what the results are on Friday when all the teams square up for the final round-robin section of the tournament.
Papua New Guinea head coach Andy Bichel was pleased with the side's strong performance and sees the promotion to WCL Div. 2 a culmination of hard work that has paid off. 'I am immensely proud of the boys and feel that qualifying for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 achieves a goal we set ourselves18 months ago.
'The final on Saturday is now a short term goal and taking home the title is an important part of finishing this tournament,' said Bichel.
Man of the match Chris Amini said, 'It is nice to finally contribute at this level and have a really strong game. I've not won an ICC man of the match award since Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 3 in 2007 in Darwin and I feel proud to again achieve this honour.
'I feel at this stage as a team we are approaching our best and I know we still have more to achieve.'