The National, Monday July 8th, 2013
THE PNG U19s could only muster 112 in reply to Australia’s 256/6 in their final match of the ICC Youth One Day Internationals in Darwin last Thursday. Australia won by 144 runs.
Australia, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, rattled off a good total at the Gardens Oval with Sean Willis top-scoring with an unbeaten 110 off 75 balls.
The Garamuts won the toss and elected to bowl on a hard, green wicket.
They were unable to make the early in roads that they had in the previous games against India and New Zealand as Australia consolidated to move to 39-1.
Further disciplined bowling had the Australians in some trouble at 122-5 but Willis supported by Alex Gregory (28) and Jack Doran (31) took the score to 256/6.
The pick of the PNG bowlers was Kabua Vagi with 3/27 off his 10 overs. Riley Hekure also bowled well for no reward with seven overs for 16.
The Australian quicks bowled with good pace and aggression, picking up the wickets of the PNG openers, Kiplin Doriga (5) and Anthony Vare (4) early to have the Garamuts on the backfoot. Dogodo Bau (25) and Gaudi Toka (24) then batted sensibly for a partnership of 41 before Toka was caught behind of the left arm orthodox bowler, Riley Ayre.
Hekure departed first ball before Sakavai Gebai scored a spirited 14. Tom Willie (13) then hit a massive six but was out shortly after, as the Garamuts were dismissed for 112.
Garamuts coach, John Ovia was positive despite their loss to Australia U19s. “Despite the low score it was probably our best batting performance so far,” he said.