The tri-series between Papua New Guinea, Namibia and hosts USA ended with Nambia easing to a 27 run victory over Papua New Guinea.
It was Papua New Guinea's eighth consecutive loss in World Cup League 2. They fought hard at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, with captain Assad Vala scoring a 114-ball 104, but they eventually fell short by 27 runs.
As for Namibia, it was a fitting end to a fine tournament. They lost their first match, against USA, but have since secured three consecutive victories to move to second in the table, behind top-placed Scotland only on run rate. Scotland, Namibia, USA and Oman are tied on six points, each having won three and lost one, while Papua New Guinea occupy the wooden spoon position, with no wins in eight.
Namibia opted to bat, and Jean Kotze walked out to open along with Stephen Baard. It was a fine decision, as the pair put on 60. It was captain Vala who broke the stand, in the 13th over, snaring Kotze for a 36-ball 25. Craig Williams (32) then joined Baard, and the pair put on another solid stand of 64. Papua New Guinea needed Vala once more to break the stand, the captain seeing off Williams.
But Baard continued. He got to his half-century and ploughed on, eventually falling in the 36th over for a well-made 97-ball 73. Zane Green (41) and Johannes Smit (33) didn't let the scoring slow down, though, and with Jan Fryllnck adding a 22-ball 27* Namibia were lifted to 260/9.
Papua New Guinea, desperate for a win, started well, with the openers putting on 29 in seven overs before Gerhard Erasmus took a stunning catch to see off Tony Ura for a 25-ball 28. However, there was no collapse. Simon Atai partnered Vala, and their during the course of their 80-run stand, it seemed Papua New Guinea would mount a real challenge to Namibia's target.
Atai was dismissed for a 57-ball 24, though, and the wickets started tumbling, with Bernard Scholtz running riot to end with 4/27. Vala stayed strong at the other end, but was not able to form partnerships and, unfortunately, a misunderstanding in the middle eventually led to him being run out for 104. Not long after that, Papua New Guinea were bowled out for 233 in 47.3 overs.