Competition helps players


DESPITE a slow start, the Isuzu National Cup managed to gain traction with players getting much-needed game time, according to Papua New Guinea Barramundis batsman Lega Siaka.
The Isuzu Black captain helped his side claim the Cup against Isuzu Red on Sunday and bagged the final’s man of the match award with an impressive 60 runs and two wickets.
“We struggled a bit in the first week of the tournament since it’s a longer format,” Siaka told The National.
“But once we got used to it, we managed to keep up pace and I think the boys handled it well afterwards.
“It was a good preparation for us and we just wanted to maintain our form over the last few weeks.
“Coming into this tournament, all I wanted was to do the right thing with the ball and bat.
“I did some hard training earlier in the nets with my batting, so I wanted to really put that into a few games which I think I did.
“It has been good getting to stay in the centre a bit longer and scoring runs.”