Barras win by four wickets in close encounter

The Hebou PNG Barramundis pulled off another close win in their last lead up match yesterday, beating NSW XI by four wickets at Blacktown, Australia.

Batting first in the T20 encounter, the home side finished at 7/114 that came off contributions  from Ben Manenti (36) and Scott Copperfield (20*).

Alei Nao (2/14) and Willie Gavera (2/28) were the wicket takers for the Barras.

In their response, despite the dismissals of openers Tony Ura (2) and Vani Vagi Morea (2), the Barras regathered and chased down the target with two balls to spare.

This was thanks largely to captain Assad Vala (30), Lega Siaka (21) and finished off by veteran Mahuru Dai (20*), who guided the Barras home to victory.

Match Summary:

New South Wales XI 7/114 (20) Ben Manenti 36 (25), Scott Copperfield 20* (25), Jordan Gauci 18 (21), Alei Nao 2/14 (3), Willie Gavera 2/28 (4), Nosiana Pokana 1/7 (3), Chad Soper 1/17 (2) defeated by HEBOU PNG Barramundis 6/116 (19.4) Assad Vala 30 (24), Lega Siaka 21 (22), Mahuru Dai 20* (10), Devin Malone 2/11 (3) by four (4) wickets.

The Barras will face off against ACT XI in a T20 encounter tomorrow, which will be the curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka match at Manuka Oval, Canberra. 

Troy Taule