PNG U19 cricket team Garamuts had another comprehensive 98 run victory over Vanuatu to go three from three in the U19 World Cup Qualifiers being played in Sano, Japan.
This sets up the final match between the Garamuts and the undefeated Japan on Saturday with the winner through to the World Cup in 2020.
The Garamuts won the toss and elected to bat but struggled early against the Vanuatu opening bowlers losing two wickets in the first two overs before a mini fight back was staged by Hila Vare and Guba Seura who top scored with 35.
They lost regular wickets with alast wicket partnership of 34 between Govea Airi (28) and Sema Kamea (10) took the total to 177.
Responding to these, Vanuatu top order struggled against excellent fast bowling from Sema Kamea (4/28) and Eisa Eka (2/17) to be reeling at 4/17 in the eighth over.
Govea Airi then took care of their middle order (3/22) with Eddie Tau also picking up his first wicket for PNG (1/8) before Garamuts Captain Barnabas Maha brought back the opening bowlers to clean up the tail.
Assistant Coach Norman Vanua expressed his thoughts on the game “Our batting still needs some work, our boys are getting starts but not going on with it. On the bowling side it was great to see Sema and Eisa bowling in partnership and ripping through their top order”
Govea Airi was judged player of the match with his excellent all round performance. The Garamuts now turn their attention to Saturdays winner take all game against Japan.
PICTURE: Man of the match Govea Airi