Diamonds shine over Piranhas

Batting first in the semi-final, the Diamonds belted their way to finish at 1/151. The bulk of the runs came from Joy Buama (42*), Isabella Kari (42*) and Kopi John (41).

The Piranhas’ only wicket taker was Hina Philip (1/31).

With the ball in hand,  Helai Nou (3/5) and Mairi Tom (3/26) demolished the Piranhas’ batting attack to have them all bowled out for  98.

The Diamonds will now play the undefeated Sharks in tomorrow’s T20 grand final.

Hunters and Cutters draw in round 20 clash

The Hunters came out firing asking questions early on putting the Cutters under the pump.

It took 18 minutes for the Hunters to find the try line thanks to the work of halfback Watson Boas who created space out wide for Stargroth Amean to slice through and score.

The visitors hit back only four minutes later after a kick from Nicho Hynes found its mark in Yamba Bowie to fly over on the wing.

Boas was again involved in the Hunters next try this time sending in Israel Eliab to take the Hunters to 12-4.

Wins to Wigmen, Vipers and Gurias

In Port Moresby, Wigmen def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 18-14 and Vipers def. Lae Snax Tigers 38-12.

Across to Kokopo, Gurias def. Waghi Tumbe 26-10.

The match in Wabag between EPG Enga Mioks and PRK Mendi Muruks did not go ahead today due to election related violence.

Wigmen hold off Lahanis

Tries in the first half to Charlie Buka and Amos Kafare gave the Lahanis a 10-6 lead at half time.

The Wigmen's only four pointer came from McKenzie Kei.

The Hela boys found their rhythm in the second half and pushed to the lead after Junior Rau and Towari Kenake crossed over.

The Lahanis never gave up and fought their way back into the contest ten minutes out from full time with another try to Buka.

But the Wigmen were equally determined for the two points and held on until the full time siren.

The man of the match was awarded to Kenake.

Day 17 goes to Warriors and Piranhas

In the men’s 50 over division, the Warriors were able to comfortably chase down the target of 116 in 20.1 overs to beat the Titans by six wickets.

This came thanks to Lega Siaka (39), Tom Willie (37*) and Simon Atai (28).

To the women’s T20 match, the Piranhas also did it easy, reaching the target of 102 in 18 overs to beat the Diamonds by five wickets.

Runs for the Piranhas came from Vicky Araa (37), Katherine Hila (21) and Kari Seura (18).

Tomorrow will see Warriors taking on the Cheetahs in the men’s while Diamonds will play the Sharks.

Garamuts named for ICC U19 qualifier

The 14-man squad will be led by Pari’s Vagi Karaho.

All 14 players are from the Port Moresby Cricket Association (POMCA).

The squad has some experience in Daure William Aiga and Karaho, who played in the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand and Malaysia.

Chairman of Selectors for Cricket PNG, Daniel Faunt, said he was excited at the new crop of players selected.

The Garamuts will be vying to qualify for their eighth ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

Tigers on top; Vipers still winless

Chasing behind the Tigers are the PRK Mendi Muruks on 12 points.

A better for and against has put the Kroton Hela Wigmen ahead of the Agmark Rabaul Gurias in third spot.

The EPG Enga Mioks sit in fifth place followed by the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, and then Waghi Tumbe.

Sitting last and with no points registered are the Vipers.

PNG National Rugby League Competition Manager, Stanley Hondina said the 2017 season has fared well so far with no major issues.

Hondina confirmed that the grand final for the Digicel Cup has been scheduled for September. 

Muguruza wins Wimbledon title

Muguruza beat the in-form Williams in their first meeting on grass 7-5 6-0 as the Spanish 14th seed emulated her coach Conchita Martinez's memorable triumph in 1994 and made up for her own pain of losing to Serena Williams two years ago to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Back in the All England Club final after an eight-year absence, Williams, 37, was hoping to become both the oldest Wimbledon and major winner since the Open era began in 1968, but was unable to claim a sixth Wimbledon title as Muguruza's power proved too hot to handle.

Wins to Dwellers and Madang FC

The first match of the triple header at Laiwaden Oval in Madang yesterday saw Besta PNG United FC settle for a 2-2 draw with Buang FC.

In the match that followed, Lae City Dwellers FC claimed the 2017 minor premiership after defeating Huawei PS United FC 3-2.

Meanwhile, to the main game, home side Madang FC held on to beat Vitis Yamaros FC 2-1.

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Day 15: Wins to Cheetahs and Sharks

In the Men’s 50 Over division match, batting first the Cheetahs set a target of 239.

Oala James (4/70), Assad Vala (3/24) and William Aiga (2/13) had the Warriors all bowled out for 163 in 39 overs to give the Cheetahs a comfortable win.

To the Women’s T20 match, the Sharks smashed their way to a 142, thanks to Konio Oala (70) and Helen Buruka (23).

In a rare feat, three Diamonds’ bowlers took three wickets apiece - Mairi Tom (3/16), Kopi John (3/16) and Helai Nou (3/25).