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Barras bowled out for 257

Dogodo Bau (45), Lega Siaka, (41), Tony Ura (35) and Mahuru Dai (29) scored the bulk of the runs for the Barras, who were all bowled out inside 83 overs.

Joel Logan was the top bowler for the NT Strike, taking 5/41 off his 18.1 overs bowled.

NT Strike were left a 1/3 at stumps after Nic Cowling (1) was caught and bowled off the last ball of the day by Chad Soper.

Day two of the match is underway.

Second part of tour to start on Tuesday

The Barras flew in to Darwin today after a winless campaign in Queensland.

First up is the two day match against Northern Territory Invitational scheduled for Tuesday 12- Wednesday 13.

“It can be tough when you are not winning. As we have spoken about, we need to make sure we are learning from everything we do in every match, every situation, every training session and every review of the performances. Come Scotland, we will be as well prepared as we can be,” said Consultant Coach, Jason Gillespie. 

The fixtures for Darwin:

​Barras fall short by 30 runs

Runs from Cameron White (26) and Sam Harper (46*) helped Victoria to finish at 6/187.

Norman Vanua (2/39), Assad Vala (1/22), Alei Nao (1/24) and Mahuru Dai (1/32) were the wicket takers for the Barras.

In their run chase, the Barras lost early wickets easily to slump to 6/69.

All-rounder Dai gave the Barras a glimmer of hope, smashing six 4s and three 6s for his knock of 72 runs.

But it still wasn’t enough with the Barras running out of overs to lose by 30 runs. The Barras finished at 9/157.

Barras coach: We are learning

From the six matches played so far on the Queensland and Northern Territory tour, the Barras have yet to register a win with five losses and one draw.

“There were some positives, yes. We spoke about improving our discipline with the ball and our energy and effort in the field. It was very pleasing to see development in those areas,” said Gillespie.

“It can be tough when you are not winning. As we have spoken about, we need to make sure we are learning from everything we do in every match, every situation, every training session and every review of the performances.

Barras sink to 124 run loss

Tasmania batted first and finished at 7/261, thanks to knocks from Alex Doolan (81), Simon Milenko (49), Beau Webster (40) and James Faulkner (31*).

Alei Nao (3/54), Norman Vanua (2/46) and Chad Soper (2/49) were the wicket takers for the Barras.

In their run chase, the Barras got off to a bad start, losing both openers Vani Vagi Morea (0) and Lega Siaka (0) in the first over.

Wickets continued to fall and it was all over inside 38 overs with the Barras being all bowled out for 137.

​Barras lose final 50 over match

The Barras batted first and were bowled out for a 226 runs in 48.3 overs.

Captain Assad Vala top scored for the Barras with 43 runs, while Dogodo Bau (36), Lega Siaka (32), Mahuru Dai (31) and Vani Vagi Morea (22) all chipped in with some runs in the top to middle order.

D’Arcy Short did the damage with the ball for Australian Indigenous finishing with (5/34).

The Australian Indigenous side encountered little trouble chasing down the target reaching it inside 34 overs.

Barras to play Australia Indigenous today

The Barras are winless so far having lost to Australia Indigenous and Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad. The Barras managed to force a draw with Australia Indigenous.

The current tour is in preparation for the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 fixture against Scotland.

The event will be held in Port Moresby from October 1-8.

The Barras are currently sitting in fourth place on 40 points in the ICUP standings after five rounds. They are in second place in the WCLC standings on 14 points after five rounds.

VIDEO: CA beat Barras

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Gillespie happy with Barras’ performance

The Barras are currently in Australia on the Queensland and Northern Territory tour.

They played the Australian Indigenous side on Monday this week, falling by 84 runs and again yesterday, but this time forcing a draw.

“It was a great match that ended in a tie with an improved performance in most areas by the Barramundis.

“There were some good lessons that we can take into our next game. Our opposition showed us that with two set batsmen going into the last 15 overs of the innings can really push your innings forward.

Barras draw with Australian Indigenous

The hosts took the bat first finishing at 5/278, mostly thanks to an unbeaten 124 runs from opener Damon Egan.

Mahuru Dai 2/30, Chad Soper, Alei Nao and Damian Ravu all picked up a wicket each for the Barras.

In their pursuit, the Barras run chase started off on the wrong foot, losing openers Tony Ura (0) and Lega Siaka (15).

Vani Vagi Morea (53) and captain Assad Vala (78) put on 91 runs for the third wicket to steer the Barras back on course.

It looked bleak for the Barras, who slouched to 7/217 in the 42nd over.