EAP lose to Queensland Country

The East Asia Pacific (EAP) side suffered an 8 wicket loss to Queensland Country in yesterday’s round 1 match of the Australian Country Cricket Championships.

EAP won the toss at Keira Oval and made the decision to bat first.

The two openers from PNG in Kiping Doriga (4) and Dogodo Bau (16) didn’t last long, leaving EAP at 2/18 early on in the innings.

Wickets continued to fall and EAP found themselves all out for 154 after 43 overs bowled.

PNG’s Hiri Hiri top scored for EAP with 38 runs while Justin Dixon was the top bowler for his side with 3/29.

Queensland Country reached the target with ease in the 33rd over for the loss of only 2 wickets, thanks to an unbeaten knock of 49 from Tony Hampson.

Alei Nao (1/29) and Vagi Boko (1/23) picked up a wicket each for EAP.

The EAP men’s squad has 8 PNG internationals in Jason Kila, Dogodo Bau, Kipling Doriga, Hiri Hiri, Nosaina Pokana, Pipi Raho, Alei Nao and Vagi Boko.

The rest of the squad is made of players from Fiji, Japan and Vanuatu.

Photo credit: Cricket ACT Facebook page.

Troy Taule