Category: Lewas

Ravini Oa Scorches WBBL Rookie Placement with Perth outfit

 

Every athlete in the world has a simple aim – to be the best in the world at what they do. And in order to be the best, you have to train with the best.

And that was the exact opportunity Papua New Guinean pacer Ravini Oa was afforded when she was chosen for the Women’s Big Bash League Rookie Placement with the Perth Scorchers.

The ICC Rookie Placement Programme in collaboration with Cricket Australia, is aimed at developing of the women’s game through the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). This is the 3rd edition of this program and the second time Ravini has been selected to participate and she is one of 8 such players to participate.

“I felt happy about it because it was a great opportunity to train at a higher level” was Ravini’s first response when asked about her program. “I got a very warm welcome to the team and it was great to meet with all the girls on the team”.

Ravini’s two week placement began on the 28th of December and she was training from the very first day in Perth. In fact, there was very little respite from training, which was a daily rigour for Ravini. Skills training on one day, strength and conditioning on another, nets practice, gym sessions – Ravini’s tour to Australia has been exhaustive say the least.

Her coach,Lisa Keightley said “Ravini has been fantastic in and around the Scorchers squad, I have been really impressed with her bowling and she’s made it hard for the batters in the nets. Her work ethic has been great and she’s been a pleasure to work with. I have no doubt the opportunity of being involved in the WBBL and mixing in with players like Elyse Villani, Nicole Bolton & Katherine Brunt will be a highlight of her week. I wish Ravini & her team all the best in the upcoming competitions.”

Not that it’s been all work and no play. Ravini cheered her team on during a WBBL game, which her Scorchers outfit won against the Sydney Sixers. Beyond that, she has enjoyed being able to sign shirts for kid, drink a few cups of coffee in the town, the surf and sands out at the beach while also finding time to watch Pitch Perfect 3 with her teammates. “They are very caring, funny and friendly. I’ve enjoyed every moment with them.”

At the end of the day though, it is all about improving for Ravini. Training in a tougher environment can only improve Ravini and through her, the City Pharmacy Lewas’ bowling attack. Bowling regularly in the nets to the likes of  Nicole Bolton, who plays for Australia Women or World Cup Winner Natalie Sciver will have given Ravini invaluable experience that she will bring back to Papua New Guinea. Another tough competitor in the nets was Captain Elyse Villani who said “We all thoroughly enjoyed having Ravini spend time with our squad, she fitted in seamlessly. She loved a contest in the nets which was obvious from the first time I met her as she managed to snaffle a new ball every time she bowled!”

With such glowing words by both coach and captain, Oa had an experience unlike any other. “The strength and conditioning training is really tough, unlike in PNG. It is very hard to bowl to some of the players, but I still manage and try to get their wickets in the nets.” When asked what the one thing she will bring back with her to PNG, Ravini says “Train hard, no matter how hard the session is and always work as a team”.

Strong words to live by and we hope Ravini is able to come back and propel the Lewas to greater heights.

Ravini Oa secure WBBL Rookie Placement with Perth Scorchers

The International Cricket Council (ICC) last month announced that City Pharmacy PNG Lewas’ Player, Ravini Oa secured an ICC Rookie Placement with the Perth Scorchers for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) this 2017/18 Season.

Eight (8) cricketers from five Member countries will head to Australia to join to each one of the WBBL franchise clubs. The two-week placement will provide the players the opportunity to experience elite cricket environments, accelerate their development through training sessions and to take back what they have learnt to their respective national teams.  In addition, the rookies will also have the opportunity to take part in media and promotional activities.

 

Members outside of those competing in the ICC Women’s Championship and have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018 were offered the opportunity to nominate players for the programme. The selected rookies, placement dates and nominated clubs are as follows:

 

Kathryn Bryce Adelaide Strikers Scotland 8-22 December 2017
Rumana Ahmed Brisbane Heat Bangladesh 10-29 January 2018
Sarah Bryce Hobart Hurricanes Scotland 15-31 December 2017
Gaby Lewis Melbourne Renegades Ireland 29 December 2017 – 12 January 2018
Khadija Tul Kubra Melbourne Stars Bangladesh 16-29 January 2018
Ravini Oa Perth Scorchers PNG 28 December 2017 – 6 January 2018
Kim Garth Sydney Sixers Ireland 21 January 2017 – 4 February 2018
Sterre Kalis Sydney Thunder Netherlands 7-21 December 2017

 

ICC’s Women Cricket Officer, Holly Colvin highlights the importance of programmes like these for upcoming cricketers.

 

“It is fantastic to collaborate once again with the Women’s Big Bash League which provides an unrivalled opportunity to eight rising stars competing outside of the ICC Women’s Championship in a professional elite environment.

 

“The players can train alongside the very best and accelerate their development. This is an exciting time for the game and this investment assists us with growing the game across the world.”

Head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie said she was delighted to be able to work with the ICC on such a fantastic project.

 

“The WBBL has gone from strength to strength and it’s pleasing to again have the ICC’s support in making this initiative possible.

 

“Women’s cricket across the globe is continuing to advance and having players from non-traditional cricket countries training and potentially playing with each of the WBBL clubs provides the opportunity for them to learn from some of the world’s best players.

 

“Last year we saw Ireland’s Kim Garth become the first rookie to represent their club and she ended up being part of the Sydney Sixers championship winning side, so we are excited to see what this year’s rookies have to offer.”

 

Oa, who will represent Perth Scorchers is looking forward to this experience.

 

“The best thing about the ICC Rookie Placement Programme is being selected to play and train with experienced female cricketers, who have participated in World Cups and being part of the Perth Scorches Team,” said Oa.

 

The ICC Rookie Placement Programme is collaboration with Cricket Australia to invest in the development of the women’s game through the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2017/2018.

 

This will be Oa’s second ICC Rookie Placement. In the WBBL 01 during the 2015/16 Season, Norma Ovasuru secured a Rookie Placement with Brisbane Heat while in WBBL 02 during the 2016/17 Season Konio Oala (Sydney Thunder) and Ravini Oa (Adelaide Strikers) secured their Rookie Placements.

Hebou PNG Barramundis post 237 against Hong Kong- ICC ICUP Round 7 Day 1 Update

Hebou PNG Barramundis fought back late in the day after they were bowled out for a disappointing 237 on Day 1 of the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Round 7 Fixture against Hong Kong in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates yesterday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Hebou PNG Barramundis opening batsmen Tony Ura (62) and Kipling Doriga (40) got the pacific island nation off to the perfect start smashing 90 runs for the opening wicket before Doriga was caught in the deep just before lunch.

Lega Siaka (32) then joined Ura to take the score beyond 100 runs after lunch before Ura was caught in the deep for 62 runs. Siaka and Hebou PNG Barramundis’ Captain, Assad Vala then steadied the innings, taking the score to 145 before Siaka was dismissed for 32 and Sese Bau was run-out without troubling the scorers. Veterans Vala and Mahuru Dai (11) put on 41 runs for the fifth wicket before Dai was bowled for 11, not playing a shot. A steady fall of wickets fells after and the Hebou PNG Barramundis were eventually all out for only 237 which included a controversial Leg Before Wicket (LBW) decision off Vala. Nadeem Ahmed was the stand-out bowler for Hong Kong taking 5/72 off 29.3 overs while Ehsan Khan took 3/66 off 23 overs.

In reply, Hong Kong got off to a disastrous start losing opening batsmen Chris Carter (9), trapped LBW off the bowling of Norman Vanua (1/14) and Cameron McAuslan (3), caught by Siaka at square leg off the bowling of Damien Ravu (1/7) to leave Hong Kong at 2/19 inside six (6) overs. Then Captain Babar Hayat (12*) and Anshuman Rath (20*) guided Hong Kong to 2/50 at stumps, trailing the Hebou PNG Barramundis by 187 runs in the first innings.

Going into the final round of the ICC ICUP Fixtures, the Hebou PNG Barramundis were sitting in sixth place on 43 points after recording victories over Netherlands (Round 1) and Namibia (Round 4) while Hong Kong are in seventh (7th) place on 39 points.

Match Summary (Day 1 Stumps)

1st Innings

Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/237 (77.3) Tony Ura 62, Kipling Doriga 40, Assad Vala 40, Lega Siaka 32, John Boge Reva 25, Nadeem Ahmed 5/72 (29.2), Ehsan Khan 3/66 (23)

Hong Kong 2/50 (16) Anshuman Rath 20*, Babar Hayat 12*, Damien Ravu 1/7 (4), Norman Vanua 1/14 (4)

Hong Kong trail by 187 runs in the 1st innings

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8074/scorecard/1126524/hong-kong-vs-papua-new-guinea–intercontinental-cup-2017-18

Cricket PNG and Pacific International Hospital joining forces to battle avoidable blindness in PNG

Cricket PNG (CPNG), Pacific International Hospital (PIH) and Laila Foundation launched their new partnership to battle avoidable blindness in Papua New Guinea (PNG) today at the PIH Hospital in 3 mile, Port Moresby.

Col Sandeep S Shaligram (PIH CEO), Dr Amyna Sultan, OBE (PIH Consultant Ophthalmologist & Director), Helen Macindoe (CPNG Chairperson), Dr Suresh Venkita (PIH Medical Director), Hebou PNG Barramundis and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas were on hand to launch the new partnership which aims to tackle the problem of Avoidable Blindness in PNG.

“We are very grateful to have the players here with us today to understand (1) the magnitude of this problem of visual impairment and blindness in this country; and (2) that there is a cure to avoidable blindness in this country. We are also very thankful that these players will act as ambassadors in the community, villages and provinces to spread this message that there is a cure for avoidable blindness,” said Dr Amyna Sultan, OBE.

This partnership will see PIH, through the Laila Foundation, utilise the national cricketers, both men and female to drive the message of curing Avoidable Blindness throughout the country. All the Hebou PNG Barramundis players and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas players will have their eyes tested over the next week. Then PIH will use some of these players as ambassadors for this program to spread to word to the public to get their eyes tested.  .

“Cricket PNG would like to Pacific International Hospital for asking us to join this program. We at Cricket PNG have a duty of care to our staff and players. Getting this message across to our cricketers is very important and you well know they need to focus and react to a ball coming at them very quickly. I am sure that we will be able to get this message across to the general public about getting your eyes checked,” said Helen Macindoe.

The release of the blindness prevalence data from the recent RAPID ASSESSMENT OF BLINDNESS SURVEY (RAAB 2017) in PNG, has revealed that there are:

  • 6% adults over age 50 are blind, highest in our region.
  • Over 40,000 blind people in PNG
  • Refractive error and Cataract are leading cause of blindness
  • 61% of those blind are women, F:M 2:1 in remote areas
  • Diabetic eye disease is becoming common and can lead to blindness.
  • Almost 8% adults over 50 are diabetic in PNG
  • Almost 50% of then have some sort of diabetic retinopathy when diagnosed
  • Yet 80% of diabetics have never had an eye check!

“The above data have convinced the Laila Foundation Board to reintroduce the high volume cataract surgery outreach program in PNG, to assist the remote communities in combating avoidable blindness. By making cataract surgery accessible to these remote communities and providing low cost spectacles for refractive errors we hope to play our role in achieving the vision 2020 goals set by the World Health Organisation (WHO),” said Dr Amyna Sultan, OBE.

The first Laila Foundation program is currently being launched at PIH, offering free eye consultation with two of our specialist Ophthalmologists and optometrist for refractive error, cataract and diabetic retinopathy screening. First hundred, non-affording patients will be offered free cataract surgery at PIH. They will be funding these surgeries along with covering the costs of promoting these messages through outreach programs.

Wendell Sailor drops by Cricket PNG

Former Rugby League and Rugby Union star, Wendell Sailor dropped by the Cricket PNG Office and Amini Park today.

Wendell Sailor, the former Maroons, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Australian Kangaroos, Queensland Reds, NSW Warataahs and Australian Wallabies representative was able to drop by Amini Park to watch the Hebou PNG Barramundis, Hebou PNG U19 Garamuts and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas go through their paces.

“We all rise as stars because of our people, our families. Learning this in my childhood days has really pushed me to be a good player and be tough to be selected. I love playing cricket, golf apart from rugby,” said Sailor.

Sailor, who is currently in Port Moresby for the Carbine Club Luncheon and the Rugby League World Cup Match between the PNG Kumuls and Wales jumped at the opportunity to come and watch the best PNG Cricketers in action.

“I’ve decided to come around and see the Hebou PNG Barramundis, the U19s and Women (Lewas) as they prepare for the upcoming tournaments. They’re doing a good job and training for these stars is flowing well. The coaches are putting all their effort in for the best team to play for their people,” said Sailor.

 

Sailor spent some time, speaking to all the national teams- Hebou PNG Barramundis, City Pharmacy PNG Lewas and Hebou PNG U19 Garamuts. He was particularly impressed with the rise of the Hebou PNG Barramundis.

 

“I am glad to be around you all today during your training session and seeing your attitude towards it. I am amazed to learn your ranking in the world. I’m sure there has been a lot of hard work put in and I praise you for a job well done.  I also would like to congratulate you all on your win in the recent ICC matches on home soil. I’m sure your glad playing for you people. I and wish you all the best in the upcoming tournaments,” concluded Sailor to the Hebou PNG Barramundis.

The Hebou PNG U19 Garamuts are currently training for the 2018 ICC Under 19 World Cup, while the Hebou PNG Barramundis are training for the ICC ICUP/WCLC Round 7 Fixtures against Hong Kong and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas are training for ICC Women’s World T20 Global Qualifier next year.

Sailor played 222 matches in the NRL for both the Brisbane Broncos (189 matches) and St George Illawarra Dragons (33 matches), 16 for Australian Kangaroos, 14 for Queensland in the State of Origin, 55 matches in Super Rugby for both the Queensland Reds (47 matches) and NSW Waratahs (8 matches) as well as 37 matches for the Australian Wallabies.

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas to play ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in Netherlands

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Netherlands will be hosting the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier (WWT20Q) in early June, 2018 which the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas have already qualified for.

The format of the ICC WWT20Q will remain the same as the last edition in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015. There will be two (2) groups of four (4), where each team will play each other in each group in the group stage. After the conclusion of the group stage the top two (2) from each group will progress to the Trophy competition and contest for a place in the WWT20 2018. The bottom two (2) from each group will contest for the Plate. In both competitions there will be semi-finals, finals and ranking matches, guaranteeing every team five matches no matter their finishing position. The winners of each semi-final in the Trophy competition will qualify for the Women’s World T20 2018.

 

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas qualified for the ICC WWT20Q after winning the ICC WWT20 East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier in Japan earlier this year. The Lewas also competed in the last ICC WWT20Q in Thailand in 2015 where they won the Plate Trophy.

 

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas finish their campaign with a huge loss to South Africa

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas finished their ICC Women’s World Cup Quaifier campaign with a ten (10) wicket thrashing at the hands of South Africa at the NCC Ground today in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 Batting first, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas were bowled out for only 76 runs in 32.4 overs. Brenda Tau was once again the top scorer for the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas with a gutsy 30 runs, while captain Pauke Siaka (17) was the only other batswomen to score in double figures. Meanwhile, S Ismail (2/13), S Luus (2/13) and Y Fourie (2/18) all picked up two (2) wickets each for the South Africans.

In reply, the South Africans had no troubles, chasing down the target in just 13.5 overs. City Pharmacy PNG Lewas tried four (4) different bowlers, but couldn’t break the South African opening partnership between L Wolvaardt (43*) and L Goodall (28*).

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas fly back to Port Moresby on Wednesday after finishing bottom of Group B which included South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Scotland.  

Match Summary

 City Pharmacy PNG Lewas 10/76 (32.4) Brenda Tau 30, Pauke Siaka 17, S Ismail 2/13, S Luus 2/13, Y Fourie 2/18 defeated by South Africa 0/77 (13.5) L Wolvaardt 43*, L Goodall 28* by 10 wickets.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/5679

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas fall agonisingly short against Scotland

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas lost their third match of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier at the Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA) Ground narrowly by seven (7) runs yesterday.

After winning the toss and sending Scotland into bat on another hot and humid day in Colombo, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas bowled out Scotland for 169 off the last ball of the innings. Scholes (35) and Priddle (31) were the best of the Scotland batters, while City Pharmacy PNG Lewas’ captain, Pauke Siaka picked up career-best 6/19 in just seven overs. Norma Ovasuru, Mairi Tom and Kaia Arua also took a wicket each.  

In reply, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas got off to a brilliant start with Tanya Ruma (32) and Brenda Tau (46) putting on 72 runs for the opening wicket in 23.3 overs before Ruma was run-out again. Ruma’s wicket saw Siaka come to the crease, before departing when the score reached 89 runs. A steady fall of wickets in the middle order saw the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas collapse to 5/106 when Tau was eventually dismissed in the 39th over. Unfortunately the Pacific Island nation could not recover and was eventually dismissed for 162 in the 50th over.

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas have a rest day today before taking on another cricketing powerhouse, South Africa on Monday 13th February at NCC in their final pool match of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas are currently sitting in last place in Pool B after failing to secure any victories in their three (3) matches. The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas lost to Pakistan in their second match on Friday by 236 runs.        

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas will be one (1) of the ten (10) teams taking part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier from the 7-21st February, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 The tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Scotland, Zimbabwe and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas go head to head for the four (4) remaining spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom from the 26th June to the 23rd February, 2017. 

The ten (10) sides competing in Colombo will be divided into two groups of five with the top three from each progressing to the Super Six stage, thus securing One-Day International (ODI) status until the next ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas are in Group B along with South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Scotland.  

The top four sides from the Super Six stage will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as well as for the next ICC Women’s Championship, while the top two sides will contest the final on 21 February. 

Match Summary

Scotland 10/169 (50) RV Scholes 35, EM Priddle 31, Pauke Siaka 6/19 (7), Norma Ovasuru 1/19 (7), Mairi Tom 1/21 (5), Kaia Arua 1/27 (6)defeated City Pharmacy PNG Lewas 10/162 (50) Brenda Tau 46, Tanya Ruma 32, Sibona Jimmy 23, K Anderson 3/35 (10), PA Chatterji 2/22 (6), KL Gordon 2/27 (10) by seven (7) runs.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/5674

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas get off to a winning start

The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas started their ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier campaign with a 178 run victory over the Sri Lankan Emerging XI in a practice game on Friday 3rd February at the FTZ Ground in Colombo. 

 Batting first on a hot and humid day in Colombo, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas posted a mammoth 9/308 off their allotted 50 overs. Norma Ovasuru (71 off 62 balls) and Brenda Tau (55 off 55 balls) led from the front hitting half centuries batting at the top of the order, while Konio Oala (42), Pauke Siaka (41), Tanya Ruma (31) and Veru Kila Frank (21) all made valuable contributions in the middle order. 

 “The positives were batting partnerships,” said City Pharmacy PNG Lewas Coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

 “It was good to see the top order batswomen get starts and going on with it.”

 In reply, the Sri Lankan Emerging XI could not handle the City Pharmacy PNG bowling attack, eventually being bowled out for 130. Sibona Jimmy (3/10) and Ravini Oa (3/15) were the pick of the Lewas’ bowlers, both taking three (3) wickets each, while three (3) other bowlers picked up a wicket each. 

 “The bowlers worked well together and the run will do us good in adapting to the conditions,” said Fitzpatrick. 

 The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas will be one (1) of the ten (10) teams taking part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier from the 7-21st February, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 The tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Scotland, Zimbabwe and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas go head to head for the four (4) remaining spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom from the 26th June to the 23rd February, 2017.

 The ten (10) sides competing in Colombo will be divided into two groups of five with the top three from each progressing to the Super Six stage, thus securing One-Day International (ODI) status until the next ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas are in Group B along with South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Scotland. 

 The top four sides from the Super Six stage will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as well as for the next ICC Women’s Championship, while the top two sides will contest the final on 21 February.

 The City Pharmacy PNG Lewas will now turn their attention to Thailand who they will play in another practice match at Moors Cricket Ground in Colombo.

 “A bigger challenge awaits us against Thailand and we will keep looking to build some momentum into our opening match,” concluded Fitzpatrick.   

 Match Summary

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas 9/308 (50) Norma Ovasuru 71 (62), Brenda Tau 55 (55), Konio Oala 42 (36), Pauke Siaka 41 (39), Tanya Ruma 31 (35), Veru Kila Frank 21 (25) defeated Sri Lankan Emerging XI 10/130 Sibona Jimmy 3/10 (5.4), Ravini Oa 3/15 (6) by 178 runs

City Pharmacy PNG Lewas ICC WWC Qualifier Fixture  

Friday 3rd February, 2017-         City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Sri Lankan Emerging @ KTZ Ground (Practice)

Sunday 5th February, 2017-       City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Thailand @ Moors Ground (Practice)

Tuesday 7th February, 2017-      City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Bangladesh @ CCC (Match 1)

Friday 10th February, 2017-       City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Pakistan @ NCC (Match 2)

Saturday 11th February, 2017-   City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs Scotland @ MCA (Match 3)

Monday 13th February, 2017-     City Pharmacy PNG Lewas vs South Africa @ NCC (Match 4)

Super Six Matches start from Wednesday 15th February, 2017.

 City Pharmacy PNG Lewas Squad

Players

Pauke Siaka                             (POMCA)

Helen Buruka                           (POMCA)

Ravini Oa                                 (POMCA)

Veru Kila Frank                         (POMCA)

Konio Oala                               (POMCA)

Brenda Hoi Tau                        (POMCA)

Kopi John                                (POMCA)

Mairi Tom                                (POMCA)

Hinamutawa Philip                   (Ahioma CA)

Sibona Lucy Jimmy                 (POMCA)

Vicky Araa                               (POMCA)

Kaia Arua                                 (POMCA)

Norma Ovasuru                        (Gold Coast, Australia)

Tanya Ruma                             (POMCA)

 

Officials

Rodney Maha                            (Coach)

Cathryn Fitzpatrick                     (Coach)

Billy Ame                                  (S & C Coach)

Dolly Apollo                              (Physio)

Helen Macindoe                        (Team Manger)