Barra’s squad announced for Scotland

Cricket PNG announced the Barramundis squad to tour Scotland August 10-24.

They will play the first round of the CWC League two against the host nation and Oman, in Aberdeen. This is a triangular series were they play each nation twice in the 50 over format.

Coach Joe Dawes while announcing the team said: “The bulk of the team should show no surprises with many of the current players in good form throughout the recent Curtain Bros T20 Smash. We have two new faces in Gaudi Toka and Riley Hekure as well as Hiri Hiri returning to the squad.

“The Smash was a very tight competition, allowing us to see how the players in contention performed under pressure. We are very confident we have chosen the best team to get the job done in Scotland.”

The full squad:

Assad Vala (Captain)             CJ Amini (Vice Capt)            Sese bau              Lega siaka

Nosaina Pokana                     Kipling Doriga                     Chad Soper            Hiri Hiri

Damien Ravu                         Riley Hekure                      Gaudi toka               Simon atai

Norman Vanua                       Tony Ura

Meanwhile, they took on the NSW Invitational side in the second game at Amini Park, their last hit out before leaving Port Moresby on Friday. The Invitational side batted first and it was New South Welshmen Nick Bertus showing the way again with 98 not out to follow on from his 111 on Monday.

However, he did not get too much support with all batsmen getting starts but not going on with it, Matt Gilkes with 34 the next best in their 213 total, bowled out in the 47th over.

The Barras had three bowlers taking two wickets each; Nosaina Pokana the best with 2/17 picking up Jack Edwards for a duck. He was well supported by CJ Amini 2/35 and Damien Ravu 2/36.

The  Barras’ chase got off to a solid start and then a third wicket partnership of 105 between Lega Siaka (62) and Assad Vala (49) had them well placed at 2/164 before losing both wickets at 165.Kipling Doriga with 31 not out guided the Barras home 7/216 in the 46th over.

The Barramundis winning both games against the Invitational XI, including the six New South Welshmen to round of tour preparations for their Scotland tour starting next week.

(Charles Amini Jnr batting for the PNG Barramundis against the NSW Invitational XI on Monday in the first 50 over warm up match before they leave for Scotland on Friday, 9th of August)

Press release