After thrashing the Remington Rhinos in the Semi Final in the morning match by nine wickets, the Swire Shipping Sharks advanced to the Grand Final against the Pure Water Diamonds. Batting first, the in-form Tanya Ruma (32) and Pendel Ipi (18) looked to guide the Diamonds to a massive score at Colts Ground #2, but when they were both dismissed, the Diamonds slumped and only managed 8/100 off their allotted 20 overs. Ovasuru was once again the pick of the Sharks’ bowlers, taking 2/19. In reply, the Sharks had no problems chasing down the total making 5/104 off 17 overs, thanks to a classy unbeaten 56 runs from Ovasuru, which included seven boundaries. Ovasuru batted with maturity and class in a high pressure situation to give the Sharks the inaugural Gabba Champions Shield.
In the Men’s Division, the Paradise Foods Pistons and BSP Heart played out a thrilling draw at Amini Park, while the ANZ Avalanches easily defeated the Digicel Dragons by five wickets at Colts Ground #1.
Batting first, Paradise Foods Pistons were looking for their first win in the Gabba Champions Shield, and were well on track to score a big total thanks to some brilliant hitting from PNG Barramundis players, Tony Ura (87) and Mahuru Dai (79). Once the Heart dismissed them, the Pistons collapsed to be all out for just 221 inside 38 overs. In reply, the Heart were cruising to victory with Sese Bau (85) continuing his purple patch with the bat, but a late order collapse saw the Heart being bowled out for 221, with the last three wickets fall for just five runs.
In the other match at Colts Ground #1, the ANZ Avalanches easily chased down the victory target of 199 in less than 32 overs thanks to an unbeaten 102 by PNG Barramundis all-rounder, Charles Amini Jnr.
The Final Day of the Gabba Champions Shield takes place today, with the BSP Heart and ANZ Avalanches battling it out at Amini Park, while the Paradise Foods Pistons and Digicel Dragons play-off at Colts Ground #1. Currently both the Avalanches and Heart are on 19 points, with the Dragon on 13 points and Pistons on 3 points. The team that finished top of the Gabba Champions Shield Points Table at the conclusion of today’s matches will be awarded the Gabba Champions Shield.
Men’s Division (50)- Saturday 7th November, 2015
Paradise Foods Pistons 10/221 (37.3) Tony Ura 87 , Mahuru Dai 79, Kabua Vagi 2/21, Assad Vala 2/46, Sese Bau 2/53 drew with BSP Heart 10/221 (49.5) Sese Bau 85, Tom Willie 34, Lohia Guba 3/32, Daure Kila 2/34.
Digicel Dragons 10/198 (47.3) Kohu Dai 55, Chris Amini 21, Greg Baeau 3/30, Sakavai Gebai 3/44, Charles Amini Jnr 3/46 defeated by ANZ Avalanches 5/199 (31.1) Charles Amini Jnr 102*, Sakavai Gebai 29, William Aiga 2/21 by 5 wickets
Women’s Division (T20)- Saturday 7th November, 2015
Remington Rhinos 10/73 (15.4) Pauke Siaka 21, Norma Ovasuru 2/24 defeated by Swire Shipping Sharks 1/76 (12.1) Norma Ovasuru 30* by 9 wickets.
Pure Water Diamonds 8/100 (20) Tanya Ruma 32, Norma Ovasuru 2/19 defeated by Swire Shipping Sharks 5/104 (17) Norma Ovasuru 56*, Mary Dawanincura 3/21 by 5 wickets.
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Men’s Division (After Day 6)
1. ANZ Avalanches 19 Points
2. BSP Heart 19 Points
3. Digicel Dragons 13 Points
4. Paradise Foods Pistons 3 Points