What seemed inevitable even before the tournament started was confirmed today as Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu both emerged from the third day of matches at the East Asia Pacific Trophy still unbeaten, thus setting up a deciding match on Sunday morning.

Papua New Guinea took on Japan in their morning match, choosing to bat first after they won the toss. A partnership of 118 for the third wicket between Tony Ura and Vani Morea made up the bulk of their total of 179-5. Ura scored 85 from 51 balls, whilst Morea scored 53 from 37.

Japan offered little resistance in reply, with only two batsmen reaching double figures. Pipi Raho was the pick of the PNG bowlers, taking 3-19 as Japan were bowled out for 84, losing by 95 runs.

Vanuatu also chose to bat first after winning the toss in their morning match against Indonesia. Jonathon Dunn led the way for them, scoring 71 from 43 balls as Vanuatu racked up 198-5 from their 20 overs. Indonesia could only manage 58-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 140 runs.

The other morning matches saw Fiji beat Samoa by 7 wickets and the Philippines beat the Cook Islands by 6 wickets in a run chase that went down to the last over.

Papua New Guinea's afternoon match against Samoa was highlighted by a superb innings from Tony Ura. With PNG batting first after winning the toss, Ura smashed an unbeaten 127 from just 59 balls as they reached 222-4 from their 20 overs. Samoa were then bundled out for 43 as PNG completed a 179 run win.

Vanuatu batted first after winning the toss in their afternoon match against Japan and were bowled out for 150, Andrew Mansale top scoring with 43. They then bowled out Japan for 74 to win by 76 runs.

The other afternoon matches saw Fiji beat the Cook Islands by 178 runs after scoring 228-5, whilst the Philippines beat Indonesia by 8 wickets.

The upshot of all this is that Papua New Guinea's match against Vanuatu will decide the winners of the tournament as well as the East Asia Pacific representative at the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland next year.

There is still more to be decided though, as the teams finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th will go on to play a 50 over tournament to decide a WCL Division Six place. Fiji, Samoa and the Philippines have already secured their place in that tournament, whilst the fourth spot is still open to either Japan, Indonesia and the Cook Islands, depending on tomorrow's results.

Results

Papua New Guinea beat Japan by 95 runs
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Papua New Guinea 179-5 (20 overs, T Ura 85, V Morea 53)
Japan 84 (17 overs, P Raho 3-19)

Vanuatu beat Indonesia by 140 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Vanuatu 198-5 (20 overs, J Dunn 71, W Kalworai 38*)
Indonesia 58-9 (20 overs)

Fiji beat Samoa by 7 wickets
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Samoa 68 (18.3 overs, R Khan 3-14)
Fiji 69-3 (14 overs)

Philippines beat Cook Islands by 6 wickets
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Cook Islands 119-8 (20 overs)
Philippines 120-4 (19.2 overs)

Papua New Guinea beat Samoa by 179 runs
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Papua New Guinea 222-4 (20 overs, T Ura 127*, L Siaka 46)
Samoa 43 (14.4 overs)

Vanuatu beat Japan by 76 runs
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Vanuatu 150 (20 overs, A Mansale 43, T Takada 3-25, N Miyaji 3-28)
Japan 74 (18.4 overs)

Fiji beat Cook Islands by 178 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Fiji 228-5 (20 overs, J Rika 78, S Tupou 56, J Kida 53)
Cook Islands 50 (14.4 overs, R Khan 4-8, M Khan 3-17)

Philippines beat Indonesia by 8 wickets
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 22 November
Indonesia 117-5 (20 overs, V Bhammar 62)
Philippines 119-2 (16.2 overs, M Gohal 61*)