Queensland too strong for Barras


PAPUA New Guinea (161) lost to Queensland (255/8) by 94 runs in their final 50-over match on Monday at Maroochydore Cricket Ground.
Batting first, Queensland posted 255/8 off their allotted 50 overs on a slow wicket at Maroochydore.
The star for the Queenslanders was current Australian Test opening batsman, Joe Burns, who made a century at the top of the order.
His 103 runs came off just 92 balls, which included five boundaries and six 6s. Burns and Charles Hemphrey (50 off 85 balls) put on 141 runs for the second wicket to take Qld to 176/1 before Mahuru Dai dismissed Hemphrey.
Off-spinner Dai (2-32) and Assad Vala (3-43) pegged back the Queenslanders, taking wickets on regular intervals to reduce Queensland to 255.
In reply, the Barramundis could not replicate their performance against the Western Australians, slumping to 67/6, with none of the top-five batsmen reaching double figures, before being bowled out for 161 inside 42 overs.
After the match, former Australian Test opening batsman and current Queensland Bulls coach, Phil Jaques reflected on the match.
“It was a nice competitive game against the Barramundis. Both teams had to play smart cricket, and PNG did their best to slow down our scoring after Burns had given us a platform to attack with his century,” Jaques said.
The Barramundis returned home yesterday but will travel to Adelaide, South Australia, to take part in the annual South Australian Cricket Association (Saca) Premier League next week.
Match Summary: Queensland 255/8 (50) Joe Burns 103 (91), Charles Hemphrey 50 (85), James Pierson 27 (34); Assad Vala 3-43 (9), Mahuru Dai 2-32 (8), Nosiana Pokana 1-25 (6) defeated PNG 161 (41.4) Norman Vanua 35 (43), Dogodo Bau 26 (63), Mahuru Dai 25 (27); Jack Prestwidge 3-40 (6.4), Mark Steketee 2-16 (6), Dylan Mullen 2-44 (10) by 94 runs.

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