PNG Win Under 19 Cricket Trophy
ICC Media Release
PNG have defeated Vanuatu by 5 wickets to take out the ICC East-Asia Pacific Under 19 Cricket Trophy at the Maroochydore Cricket Club on Friday. Indonesia also walk away from the tournament with a victory after surviving some nervous moments to defeat Japan by 2 wickets.
Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat on a fine Sunshine Coast morning. For the first 15 overs it appeared as though they had made the right decision as Callum Blake and Jaxies Samuel saw off the opening bowlers on their way to a partnership of 35.
PNG captain Chris Kent then brought himself into the attack and his pressure created instant results as Samuel was run out 15 and then soon after Kent had Blake Caught and Bowled for 22.
Vanuatu continued to build a solid total with tournament leading run scorer Kendy Kenneth hitting two big sixes over mid-wicket to put the pressure back on the PNG bowlers.
However a combination of poor running between wickets and brilliant fielding saw the four Vanuatu players back in the sheds after being run out.
Kent picked up another couple of wickets to finish with figures of 3-26 and Toua Tom chipped in to with two wickets to clean up the tail and leave Vanuatu about 50 runs short of what they would have liked, all out for 105.
As they had all week PNG chased down the total with relative ease passing the score with five wickets in hand thanks to 28 from Dogodo Bau and 18 from Lega Siaka. Only when Vanuatu introduced Jaxies Samual and Jelany Chilia into the attack did they provide PNG with some anxious moments as they fell to 3-39.
However the experience of PNG won out in the end and they continue their domination of this event.
"We had been looking forward to this match all week and we've heard a lot of people talking about it," said PNG Captain and man of the match Chris Kent. "I'm glad it turned out to be a good game."
In the other match Japan once again struggled early to find themselves 7-53 thanks to some good bowling from Gaurav Tiwari and Rizky Rubbi who ended with six wickets between them.
However as has become habit for Japan they steadied with Tsuyoshi Takada batting his team back into the match with a fine knock of 42. Eventually they were all out for 116 in the 42nd over.
Japanese leg spinner Raheel Kano had Indonesia's chase in trouble early claiming both opening batsman cheaply.
Muhaddis, Rubbi and Tiwari all made starts to push Indonesia's total above 100 before a late collapse saw them lose 8 wickets prior to sneaking passed the Japanese total for their first win.
"I am very proud of the boys to have our first win," said Indonesian captain Rubbi. "It was nice to finish on this note."
Vanuatu's Kendy Kenneth finished the tournament with the most runs scoring 110 at an average of 36.67 and his fellow countryman Jaxies Samuel was the leading wicket taker with 12 at an average of 5.50.
PNG and Vanuatu advance to the next stage of qualifying for the Under 19 Cup to take place in Ireland.