Barras denied 19 runs short of victory in SACA match


PAPUA New Guinea were unlucky not to win their second two-day match against the Western Grit in the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League on Sunday after rain stopped play with the Barramundis needing only 19 more runs for victory.
On Saturday, the Grit batted first and were bowled out for 318 in the 90th over, with Daniel Drew (85), Peter Wilson (64) and Matthew Nobes (52) all making half centuries.
The Hebou PNG Barramundis opening bowlers, Norman Vanua (3-86) and Chad Soper (2-75) were the pick of the bowlers, while Assad Vala (1-15), NosianaPokana (1-44) and John Boge Reva (1-45) all picked up a wicket each. In reply on Sunday, PNG reached 300/7 after 75 overs before the heavens opened up.
The top order for the Barramundis all made runs, including Lega Siaka (79) and Tony Ura (51) who both made entertaining half centuries.  Captain Vala (32) and Vani Vagi Morea (22) continued their good form making valuable contributions as well.
The Barramundis finished their SACA Premier League campaign with four wins, two losses and two draws.
The Barras returned on Monday to prepare for the ICC’s Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championships round 4 matches against Namibia which start on Sunday at Amini Park, Port Moresby. Match Summary: 1st Innings – Western Grit 318 (D Drew 85, P Wilson 64, M Nobes 52; N Vanua 3-86, C Soper 2-75, A Vala 1-15, N Pokana 1-44, JB Reva 1-45) PNG 300/7 (L Siaka 79, T Ura 51, A Vala 32, VV Morea 22) Match Drawn

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