By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE Port Moresby Cricket competition began round seven this year after the break with a major upset made by Steamships defeating the competition leaders SNS United by two runs.
After winning the toss, Steamies opted to take the field and did pretty well by stopping United all out for 116 after just 33.3 overs.
Despite brilliant batting from the two Dai brothers – Mahuru (43) and Kohu (23) – the team effort for United just was not there as they continued to fall by the hands of Steamies.
Three of the Steamies bowlers did well for the team with Mahuta Kivung taking 4/22 in six overs, Ila Raki Jr, who was amazing with the ball stumbling 3/9 in just 2.3 overs while Ray Toua taking 2/17 after six overs.
Steamships batting also proved too good against the competition leaders with Peter Moide (40) and Mahuta Kivung (38), sealing a 62-run partnership that laid the foundation for the rest of the team.
Despite efforts by the United line-up which saw Ao Mea take 3/18 in 4.5 overs, Kohu Dai 2/22 after eight overs and John Kopiani 1/23 in six overs, Steamies batting secured the wickets and the game with five wickets to spare in a thrashing of 28.5 overs.
In other matches, Chili Sounds Raukele showed they had a little too much firepower in their lower order when they beat Kempa (101) by 32 runs yesterday.
The low-scoring affair was highlighted by big hitting display from Raukele’s dangerman Gimapau Keimelo, who hit an unbeaten 50 which included four sixes, one of which landed in the adjacent Bava Park.
In the lower grades, Raukele’s B grade outfit comprising of players from Vabukori handed the high-flying Mobil Carriers their first loss of the season surpassing the 123 target in the 29th over.