Hebou PNG Barramundis and Scotland played out a high scoring draw after the Barramundis made 3/262 in their second innings on the final day in reply to Scotland’s first innings of 514.
Starting the day at 9/482, Scotland batsmen Mark Watt (81*) and Chris Sole (21) managed to take the score beyond 500 runs before Hebou PNG Barramundis’ debutant, Damien Ravu picked up his maiden wicket when he trapped Sole Leg Before Wicket when the score reached 514.
Still trailing by 110 on the first innings, the Hebou PNG Barramundis got off to a shaky start when Vani Vagi Morea (13) was dismissed by Alasdair Evans to leave the Barramundis at 1/28 in the fifth over. Then Lega Siaka (83) and Tony Ura (75) batted brilliantly to post a century partnership for the second wicket to take any realistic chance of Scotland taking outright points from this match. Ura’s 75 runs came off 112 balls, which included six boundaries and two (2) massive sixes, while Siaka’s 83 runs came off 135 balls including eight (8) boundaries and two (2) sixes. After they were dismissed by Michael Leask and Calum Macleod respectively, Hebou PNG Barramundis’ Captain Assad Vala (61*) and Sese Bau (21*) guided the Barramundis to 3/263 at stumps on Day 4.
“We played a really good game, posting some really big totals and against some really quality opposition. They got the first innings lead, but our boys fought back really well. We created some opportunities out there but unfortunately we were unable to make them count which cost us in the end, but we hope that we learnt from this in time for our final ICC ICUP Match against Hong Kong in UAE later in the year. We are very proud of how we played out there over these past couple of days,” said Hebou PNG Barramundis Captain, Assad Vala after the match.
Hebou PNG Barramundis’ Head Coach, Jason Gillespie was also very proud of the efforts from his team in tough conditions.
“It was a very difficult game to force a result but our attitudes and efforts from our boys were outstanding. Our efforts in the field was a good as any international team either full member or associate member. It was fantastic. The boys will come n tomorrow and have a light training session and fine tune a couple of areas before the match on Friday,” said Gillespie.
This result meant that Scotland had leapfrogged the Hebou PNG Barramundis into fifth position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Points Table on 46 points, while the Hebou PNG Barramundis are in sixth position on 43 points.
Both teams have a day off tomorrow, before playing two (2) ICC World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Fixtures on Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October, with play commencing at 9:30am on each day. These two (2) WCLC fixtures are crucial as the battle for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 intensifies, with the top (4) WCLC Teams advancing to the Global World Cup Qualifier next year. The Hebou PNG Barramundis and Scotland trail table-toppers Netherlands (16 points) by two (2) and three (3) points respectively. (WCLC Standings- https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-cricket-league/standings)