The Curtain Bros CPNG Smash is proving to be a very tightly contested competition with another 2 great games in round 3 with the Trak pro Mudmen making ittwo in a row and the ODG Mariners with a crucial win in the afternoon game.
The morning match saw the Trakpro Mudmen bat first in perfect conditions finishing 7/137 of their 20 overs against the ODG Mariners. The batting was again led byformer Barramundi Vani Morea with a great knock, 55 off 45 balls with current Barra’s Norman Vanua and Lega Siaka both chimming in with 22 runs each. For the Mariners Raymond Haoda took 2/16 and alei Nao 2/28 of his 4 overs.
The ODG Mariners lost regular wickets during their chase and struggled to put partnerships together eventually being bowled out for 112 in the 19th over handing Mudmen a 25 run win. Simon atai top scored for the Mariners with 23 and Alei Nao chipped in with 19 as did Assad Vala.
The Mariners then faced a must win game in the afternoon against the Hastings Deering Black Bass who batted first and amassed 136. Gaudi Toka anchored the innings with 57 and some late innings hitting by Mahuru Dai (35) and Damien Ravu (27) set a decent total.
The Mariners batting was needing someone to stand up and it was the Captain Assad Vala in a man of the match performance hitting 64 not out off 47 balls to bringhis team home. He shared a 62 run partnership with JB Reva (39) and controlled the run chase to perfection hitting the winning runs in the 19th over. Damien Ravu and Gaudi Toka both took two wickets each in the ODG Mariners 6/138.
Round four on Monday see’s another two games at Amini Park with the Hastings Deering Black Bass involved in both games against the Mudmen and the Cassowaries.