THE PNG Garamuts continued their winning ways at the International Cricket Council’s U19 World Cup qualifiers with a 54 run victory over hosts Canada in King City, Ontario, on Wednesday.
The win gave PNG an unblemished 2-0 record in the ten nation event. However, Afganistan and Sierra Leon have not arrived at the qualifiers due to visas issues meaning the Garamuts chances of finishing in the top six has increased.
PNG need to win one more of their remaining five matches to be assured of a berth in the U19 Cricket World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand, next January.
After winning the toss, Papua New Guinea elected to bat with Sese Bau crafting a patient 78 off 112 balls and opener Heni Siaka (66) scoring a half century.
Papua New Guinea finished at 245 for six in its 50 overs thanks in part to some lively batting from lower order hitters in Steven Eno, whose brisk 34 runs came off only 24 balls saw two boubdaries and a six while captain John Reva clubbed 18 off nine deliveries including a six and a four.
The Canadians stumbled out of the blocks with Ruvindhu Gunasekara (11) the only one of the home side’s first four batsman to reach double figures.
Abishek Krishnamoorthy scored 32 before being run out as Canada finished its 50 overs at 191 for nine. Garamut spearhead Ray Haoda Jr maintained his great start in the qualifiers earning the man-of-the-match award in picking up an economical 3-31 off 10 overs.
He is now the leading wicket taker with eight from two matches after ripping a bag of five (5-24) against Hong Kong on Tuesday.
Spinners Jason Kila 1-30 (10) and Charles Amini Jr 1-36 (10) also played a restrictors role working in tandem to put the brakes on the Canadian scoring. Papua New Guinea, which beat Hong Kong on Tuesday, improved to 2-0.
Canada opened with a win over Uganda.In other games Wednesday, the Netherlands (113 all out) defeated Hong Kong (81 all out) by 32 runs and Uganda (215-6) beat Vanuatu (213-9) by four wickets.