By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE PMMI Taora at the weekend showed their class over KCC in the Port Moresby men’s A-Grade cricket competition defeating them by two very important runs.
In a classic showdown of One Day cricket at the Amini Park, Taora managed to end the first innings with three for 168 after the game was cut down to 38 overs due to delays.
Opening batsman Bara Igua set the pace with 56 with third batsman Rarua Ipi smashing 55 in a very good partnership while Toua Rei came in to finish things off and land the score at 168.
It was Igua, who set an outstanding performance from the beginning to lay the platform for his teammates.
The PMMI Taroa anticipated more runs and could have piled on more if the overs were not cut back.
Norbert Kunia of KCC was the only bowler who managed to take the wickets with an outstanding three for 30.
The KCC came in to play with Tamarua Gomara hitting 26, Mathew Turia scoring 23 and Henao Julius adding 21 for the high scores.
However, their batting crumbled when Taora’s bowling line up with leading wicket-taker Ao Samuel took four for 12, Rarua Ipi 2/21 and Toua Rei with two for 9.
KCC’s batting order came to a standstill after 34.4 overs coming very close with just 166 runs falling short by two runs short of their target.
Currently, KCC is running on seventh spot just ahead of Kempa who are still struggling on the final placing in the Port Moresby A-Grade men’s cricket competition.