Barras fall short in ODIs against Scotland


PAPUA New Guinea lost both one-day international to Scotland over the weekend by six and four wickets respectively at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.
In the first ODI last Friday, the Barramundis batted first and slumped to an incredible 5 for 10 after six overs.
In danger of not only scoring PNG’s lowest ODI score but the overall ODI lowest score, captain Assad Vala (40) and debutant Kipling Doriga (34) put on a 69-run sixth wicket partnership to guide the Barramundis away from more embarrassment.
Valuable lower order runs from Norman Vanua (18), Alei Nao (16) and Chad Soper (24 not out) helped the Barramundis post 147 before being all out in the 45th over.
Sayyaan Sharif (4-38) and Alasdair Evans (3-23) were the chief destroyers with the ball for the Scottish, picking up seven wickets between them.
In reply, Scotland had no trouble chasing down the total in the 39th over, losing four wickets on the way.
Calum MacLeod top scored for the Scottish with an unbeaten 60 while Mahuru Dai was the pick of the Barramundis’ bowlers picking up 2-35 off his 10 overs.
In the second ODI on Saturday, the Barramundis lost by four wickets in a tighter affair.
Barramundis coach Joe Dawes was disappointed with the results.
“Obviously we would liked better results from the boys but we’ve learned from it and now the challenge is for us to implement those in other matches,” Dawes said.
PNG had a day off and take on Hong Kong in the round seven International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) from today to Saturday in Sharjah and World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) matches next week at the ICC Academy.