The Australian High Commission congratulates the PNG “A” Cricket Team

The Australian High Commission congratulates the PNG “A” Cricket Team for defeating a strong Australian Under 19 Cricket Team by three (3) runs in a T20 match in Brisbane, Australia yesterday.

Cricket PNG reports that, batting first, the young PNG “A” Team posted a very competitive 9/123 off their allotted 20 overs. Vani Vagi Morea led by example, top scoring for the PNG “A” Team with a very classy 45 runs off just 39 balls. His innings included five boundaries and a massive six. Charles Amini Jnr (26) and Hiri Hiri (13) were the other major contributors with the bat. Henry Thorton (NSW) took 3/20 with the ball while Jhye Richardson (WA), Sam Rowley (QLD) and Jonte Pattison (NSW/ACT) took two (2) wickets a piece for the Australian Under 19 Team.

“It was a brilliant batting performance by the two of them (Vani Vagi Morea and Charles Amini Jnr) against a very good bowling attack. To post 123 runs was a great effort ,” said Cricket PNG Head Coach, Dipak Patel.

“The bowlers bowed very well to restrict them to 120. The fielders backed them up in the field as well. Both these factors were the recipe for the victory today along with the tough training regime which were in place prior to the tour,” concluded Patel.

The fourteen (14) man PNG “A” Team is currently on tour in Brisbane, playing against some of the best young cricketers in Australia in both T20 and 50 Over fixtures. The PNG “A” Team consist of players who are in the Junior Development Program and some Barramundi players who are currently in Australia on the Brian Bell Player Scholarship Program.

The PNG “A” Team will take on the Australian Under 19 Team in a 50 Over match on Wednesday, then a T20 match on Thursday before flying back to PNG on Friday afternoon.

PNG “A” Squad: Hekure Riley, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Vagi Vani, Dogodo Bau, Charles Amini, Chris Kent, Hiri Hiri, Chad Soper, Morea Kabua, Alei Nao, Joseph Alla, Nosaina Pokana and Pipi Raho.
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