The National – Monday, February 14, 2011
THE Hebou PNG Garamuts defeated Vanuatu in the final for the ICC EAP trophy last Friday.
The Garamuts bowled Vanuatu out for 105.
PNG defeated Vanuatu by five wickets to take out the East-Asia Pacific U19 cricket trophy at the Maroochydore Cricket Club.
Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat on a fine Sunshine Coast morning.
For the first 15 overs it appeared as though they had made the right decision as Callum Blake and Jaxies Samuel saw off the opening bowlers on their way to a partnership of 35.
PNG captain Chris Kent then brought himself into the attack and his pressure created instant results as Samuel (15) was run out and then soon after Kent had Blake caught and bowled for 22.
The Garamuts were superior in the field creating for the second consecutive day four run-outs
Vanuatu continued to build a small total with tournament leading run scorer Kendy Kenneth hitting two big sixes over mid-wicket but there was never any real pressure on the PNG bowlers.
Kent picked up another couple of wickets to finish with figures of 3-26 and Toua Tom chipped in to with two wickets to clean up the tail and leave Vanuatu all out for 105.
As they had all week PNG chased down the total with relative ease passing the score with five wickets in hand thanks to 28 from Dogodo Bau and 18 from Lega Siaka.
Only when Vanuatu introduced Jaxies Samual and Jelany Chilia into the attack did they provide PNG with some anxious moments as they fell to 3-39.
However the experience of the Garamuts won out in the end and they continue their domination of this event and have qualified for the ICC U19 World Cup.