Cricket on again in POM

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The National, Friday 02nd December 2011

PORT Moresby premier division cricket resumes this weekend after work was carried out to fix the Colts and Amini fields.
Port Moresby cricket executive Charles Amini said play would resume after two cancelled weekends .
He said work had been carried out to ensure the ovals were suitable to play on.
“Thank you to all those volunteers and CPNG ground staff who worked tirelessly last week and a half to ensure our competition resumes this weekend,” Amini said.
Twenty20 champions Poreporena will open their 40-over campaign against Kempa tomorrow.
Kempa will want to get their campaign off to a good start after getting rid of their T20 demons.
In-form batsman Warren Ilaraki will be Kempa’s key in their quest for glory.
Ilaraki amassed 264 runs in the seventh round of the T20 competition where he scored three half centuries – his best was 75 runs in the round six.
But Ilaraki’s form will be matched in the one-day format against Poreporena who have a wealth of experience.
Skipper John Ovia (158 runs), Vagi Oala (117 runs) and young Dogoda Bau (106 runs) will no doubt lead their batting after the trio finished in the top 15 in the batting statistics.
Ovia also led the bowling statistics with 18 wickets.
Ovia, together with Steven Eno and Alei Nao, who have eight wickets each also gives Poreporena depth in its bowling.
But Kempa also have their own bowling menace in Paul Rawali who finished the T20 competition with 10 wickets.
If Rawali can continue his form he will be a handful for Poreporena’s batsmen.
And if the statistics are anything to go by then Kempa must rely on their top players to rise to the occasion and stop a Poreporena side who look in ominous touch.
In the weekend’s other A grade games, KCC play Hoods, Wanderers play Coasters and Raukele will face United.