Cricket PNG

PNG a rising force in women's cricket as Lewas hone skills in Australia's Country Championships

The Lewas, as the national side are called, are known for their uniquely exciting playing style. 

Coach Kath Hemptenstall says the team, which includes seven mothers, has overcome significant hurdles simply to play.

"We've just got the one turf wicket in the whole country and a couple of turf nets," Hemptenstall says.

"It rains for four months of the year and we don't have any indoor facilities as well.

"When you take all that into consideration, it's pretty impressive that both our men's and women's sides have got to where they have."

 

Lewas return to international cricket

The players were all eager to take the field again and represent PNG, with three players in Hollan Doriga, Melanie Ani and Kevau Frank all partaking in their first touring experience.

Although the goal of the tour was to make a long awaited return to tournament cricket and dust off a few cobwebs that had built up over the course of the past two years, the team’s performance was able to be matched against some strong opposition that featured players that have played in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Konepoti Cricket Tournament

Konepoti POM Cricket Club President, Pona Agi said about 25 years ago, this sport was played in the village but then it went dormant.

He said the launch would revive the sport in the Kapari & Virolo villages with the aim to push them further.

“We decided to try and bring the game back here, revive the young kids get them motivated into playing cricket and hopefully we try and slowly push them down to town competition and our goal is having one or two boys represent barramundis would be very good for us. That’s basically our aim,” said Agi.

New Partnership Aims To Uncover Talent In PNG, Vanuatu

The Barras, who qualified for last year's T20 World Cup in the UAE, are currently taking part in this month's Top End T20 tournament where veteran batter Tony Ura last night whacked a 27-ball 50.

Former Perth Scorchers seamer and Lewas head coach, Kath Hempenstall, said there was certainly some untapped cricketing talent within PNG.

OSF, Cricket PNG To Deliver Program

An agreement between OSF and Cricket PNG was signed on Monday, June 27 paving way for the program to be implemented in selected schools in NCD, Central and Gulf provinces.

This new agreement further supports Cricket PNG to use a previous investment by OSF in purchasing the equipment in 2020.

The pandemic prevented the implementation of the program in 2021 and both partners are very pleased to see this initiative come to fruition.

Isuzu cricket launch

The launch today signifies the ongoing commitment by Boroko Motors Group of Companies to Cricket PNG and as major brand sponsor of the Tournament. 

Cricket PNG CEO Craig Campbell said, “This is the 3rd year running that Boroko Motors has come onboard again to sponsor the major event.”

He said they are very grateful for the sponsorship partnership because the company has stuck with Cricket PNG for the last two years even in the midst of the pandemic.

Oro picks top female team

Students from the primary schools of Igora, Resurrection, Hohorita, Popondetta and Popondetta Secondary School enjoyed the day representing Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies, England, India and New Zealand.

Music could be heard around the whole town as the girls took to the pitch in high spirits.

Those who did not make the finals took shelter from the hot sun and cheered on the New Zealand and England teams. 

In what is always a chilling moment for any New Zealand cricket fan, the final ended in a tie and went to another super over. 

School Kriket Program Launched

This year marks a 13-year partnership between BSP and CPNG in hosting the programme that involves elementary, primary and secondary schools in the country.

Schools in NCD turned up at the Amini Cricket Park to witness the launch including Kilakila Secondary school, Bavaroko Primary School, St Charlse Lwanga Secondary School, Pari Elementary schools and Tokarara Primary school.

First Trukai VPL Game Set

The six franchise teams; Fairprice Furniture Mambas, Panamex PNG, Gamoga Lawyers Spirit of Rigo, Northern Alexanders, Koita Warriors and Zara Wanderers will start playing from 9am.

The teams will take the pitch with the hope of winning the Trukai VPL 2022 Cup and first prize of K20,000.

The first T10 match will be Panamex PNG taking on Zara Wanderers at 9am. 

Over the day, all teams will play in their pools, hoping to claim top position for the finals the following Sunday. 

Insurance Cover Extended For CPNG

General Manager of Cricket PNG, Tony Naidu, thanked CIG for partnering with them for the first time during the height of the pandemic.

“With so much global uncertainty, it meant so much for Cricket PNG,” outlined Naidu.

“Now as we move forward with more cricket being played internationally and domestic initiatives increasing, it is an honour to have Capital Insurance confirmed as our partner for a second year.”