Cricket PNG amazed

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The National

CRICKET, like rugby league in PNG, can be played in a surprising array of settings from beach sides to the rock-hard pitches of the arid Port  Moresby landscape.
But playing cricket on a field carved out from the side of a hill is truly a unique experience.
“The future of PNG Cricket is extremely healthy when I see games like these,” PNG National Coaching Director and Former Test Cricket Legend Andy Bichel, stated after he attended the Grand Final of the Vabukori Cricket Association Twenty20 Grand Final on Saturday.
The Vabukori Cricket Association held their Twenty20 Grand final  in front of a large and
vocal crowd.
The game brought to the end a six team competition where each Team had played each other in three rounds for the right to make the grand final.
Batting first, the Tsunami’s took full advantage of the conditions to score at nearly six an over to post a very competitive total of 116.
Stars with the bat were Paul Morea (50), Yama Reisino (15) and for Rossi best with the ball were Mea Boga 3/16 and Henry John 2/32.
It was an uphill battle for Rossi loosing quick wickets with Tsumanis’ Lawes Rabura the main destroyer with 5/12 off four overs ending any resistance shown by Rossi.
The Rossi batting was led by Tony Manega with (26), Stanley Iava (16) and John (13).
Cricket PNG general manager, Bill Leane, announced after the match had concluded that Cricket PNG would assist Vabukori Cricket Association with paying their affiliation application and structuring a sustainable cricket competition.
“This is a beautiful community with an unbelievable passion for cricket and we will be doing everything we can to support their long-term sustainability” Leane said.
“Through these efforts the association will receive once their administration structure is in place, approximately K4,000 to support their Association and competitions,” he said.