Scotland was too strong in the first International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 fixture defeating the Hebou PNG Barramundis by 101 runs at Amini Park today.
After winning the toss, Scotland Captain, Kyle Coetzer had no hesitation in batting first on another warm day at Amini Park. Coetzer and Matthew Cross (1) got the visitors off to a flyer, racing to 19 off the first couple of overs before Chad Soper dismissed Cross. Then Calum Macleod joined his captain, to put on 55 runs for the second wicket before Coetzer was caught behind off the bowling off Alei Nao. Then the centurion in the ICUP Fixture, Richie Berrington (54) joined Macleod to take the score beyond 200, with Macleod scoring a magnificent 154 runs off 163 balls which included fifteen boundaries and three (3) massive sixes. When Berrington was finally dismissed, the pair had put on 166 runs, taking the score to 240 after 45 overs. Then the HEBou PNG Barramundis fought back to take 7/35 in the final five overs to reduce Scotland to 9/278. Nao was the standout bowler for the Barramundis taking 3/40 off his allotted ten overs, while Norman Vanua picked up 3/57 off his ten overs.
In reply, the Hebou PNG Barramundis got off to a disastrous start, losing Vani Vagi Morea (2) in the third over and when Lega Siaka (9) and Hebou PNG Barramundis Captain, Assad Vala (0) fell inside eight overs, the Barramundis had slumped to 3/30. Unfortunately for the Barramundis, they were unable to recover from this start, losing regular wickets to be eventually bowled out for a very disappointing 177 in 43.3 overs. Tony Ura (42), Dogodo Bau (29), Mahuru Dai (25) and Norman Vanua (24) all made starts, without going on to make a big score for the Barramundis, while Michael Leask (2/26), Alasdair Evan (2/30) and Stuart Wittingham (2/37) all picked up a couple of wickets for Scotland.
“I was very happy with the performance of our bowlers and fielders today and to restrict a quality opposition to 278 after the start they had. The bowlers were exceptional, especially the death bowling from Alei (Nao) and Norman (Vanua),” said Hebou PNG Barramundis Captain, Assad Vala.
“To be bowled out for 177 on a good wicket was very disappointing. We gave away soft dismissals, we didn’t get any partnerships and overall we were very disappointed from our batting group. They had one player score a big hundred while we didn’t. That was the difference day,” concluded Vala.
This result meant that Scotland had leapfrogged the Hebou PNG Barramundis into second position on the WCLC Points Table on 15 points, while the Hebou PNG Barramundis drop to third position on 14 points.
Both teams have a day off tomorrow, before playing the second IC WCLC Round 6 match on Sunday 8th October, with play commencing at 9:30am. These 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. (WCLC Standings- https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-cricket-league/standings)
Scotland 9/278 (50) Calum Macleod 154 (163), Richie Berrington 54 (69), Kyle Coetzer 46 (41), Alei Nao 3/40 (10), Norman Vanua 3/57 (10) defeated Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/177 (43.3) Tony Ura 42 (55), Dogodo Bau 29 (48), Mahuru Dai 24 (48), Norman Vanua 24 (31), Michael Leask 2/26 (7), Alasdair Evan 2/30 (8), Stuart Wittingham 2/37 (7) by 101 runs.