Lewas set for women’s cricket World Cup qualifier


THE Papua New Guinea senior women’s cricket team, the Lewas, will be one of the 10 teams taking part in the 2017 International Cricket Council’s Women’s World Cup qualifier from Feb 7-21.
The tournament will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Scotland, Zimbabwe and the City Pharmacy-sponsored Lewas go head-to-head for the four remaining spots in the World Cup in the United Kingdom from the June 26 to the July 23 next year.
Lewas coach Rodney Maha spoke to Cricket PNG about the prospect of the Lewas playing against some of the best cricketers in the world and having an opportunity to qualify for an ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup for the first time. “I am very happy and excited that the Lewas will be playing some of the best female cricketers in the world. This will only enhance the development of the Lewas to get better and better,” Maha said.
“We will be expecting very spinner-friendly pitches (in Sri Lanka) and probably similar wickets to what we have here in PNG.
“We’ll be making sure that we cover everything to ensure we’re prepared for the qualifier.”
The Lewas have been training over the past couple of months and just recently returned from a tour to Adelaide where they played five 50-over and T20 matches against a South Australian XI.
“The girls have been training hard, working on our mental toughness, to compete all throughout the tournament,” Maha said.
The 10 teams competing in Colombo will be divided into two groups of five with the top three from each progressing to the super six stage and thereby securing One Day International (ODI) status until the next world cup qualifier.
The top four sides from the super six stage will qualify for the world cup as well as the next women’s championship. The top two sides will contest the final on Feb 21.
The Lewas earned the right to compete in the world cup qualifier after claiming the ICC East Asia Pacific women’s trophy in Samoa earlier this year.

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