By TRAVERTZ MABONE
AFTER winning the toss and taking the crease first, the East Asia Pacific cricket team registered 187 runs and defended it well by exhausting the South Australian Country with a total of 121 runs in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Albury, Victoria.
Failing to register a win in the Twenty20 match in rounds one and two on Sunday the East Asia Pacific Cricket Team sprung back on Monday with two wickets to spare against South Australia Country’s aggressive batting and a big partnership of 86 between PNG stars, Assad Vala (50) and Chris Amini (51), to set up a solid total to elevate the overall runs for their first win in their first 50 over innings.
The EAP bowlers led by PNG young gun Loa Nou (3/22) and Vanuatu Captain Andrew Mansale paced in to rip the South Australian batting line-up with three wickets each while PNG’s exciting fast bowler Willie Gavera also put in a solid performance.
PNG opener Vani Vagi Morea and young gun Jeremiah Nigani have not settled in well as yet and continued to disappoint with only eight and 10 runs respectively in the three rounds.