HEBOU PNG Barramundis

Barras bounce back with 26 run win

The Barras batted first and finished at 8/232, thanks largely to knocks from Vani Vagi Morea (52), Dogodo Bau (46) and Lega Siaka (27).

UAE’s run chase had them on track at 3/148, but a batting collapse in the middle order gave way to the win for the Barras bowling UAE all out for 206 inside 47 overs.

Captain Assad Vala was the best of the bowlers, taking 3/20 off his ten overs.

Vala’s spell included the prized scalp of UAE’s danger man Ghulam Shabber, who top scored with 70.

The third One Day International will be played tomorrow.

Barras lose by 82 runs to UAE

Knocks from Rameez Shahzad (87), Muhammad Usman (58) and Ghulam Shabber (50) gave the Barramundis a target of 292 to chase down.

On debut, Alei Nao was the best of the Barramundis’ bowlers with 2/47 off his ten overs.

The Barramundis’ run chase got off to a strong start with Tony Ura and Vani Vagi Morea putting an on opening partnership of 82 runs for the first wicket.

But losing Lega Siaka (9) and Assad Vala (4) put the Barramundis on the back foot.

Some fight from the middle order gave the Barramundis some hope at 5-169 needing 123 runs inside ten overs.

Barras beat Yorkshire by 36 runs

Finishing at 7/266 at stumps on day one, the Barramundis picked up the ball and bowled Yorkshire all out for 230 inside 73 overs on day two.

Nosaina Pokana with four wickets was the chief destroyers for the Barramundis, while Andrew Hodd was the only batsman to pass 50 for Yorkshire.

The Barramundis next lead up match of the UAE tour will be next week Monday against Middlesex in a 50 over fixture.


Barras focused on taking one game at a time

The Barramundis are sitting second on the ICC WCL Championship ladder and are running fourth on the ICC ICUP ladder.

Their tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month will see the Barramundis play UAE in three One Day Internationals, an Inter-Continental Cup (ICUP) match, and three Twenty20 Internationals.

The first two out of the three One Day Internationals will be ICC WCL Championship matches.

“We are well aware in the standing in both formats, but we're very focused in taking one game at a time. 

Barras leave for UAE tour

Before leaving, Head Coach, Dipak Patel spoke on preparations leading into the tour that will run from March 21-April 14.

“The squad has been busy with their S&C (Strength and Conditioning) and skills training sessions five days a week.

“Their fitness is at a high level; however the wet weather interfered a lot on our skills preparation,” Patel said.

He added the squad has some changes with the return of fast bowler, Norman Vanua and wicket keeper, Jack Vare.

Vala takes a wicket in loss to City Kaitak

This was during the fourth match of the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz yesterday.

The Gladiators batted first and finished at 9/155. Batting at number four, Vala only managed nine runs before being dismissed by Rayad Emrit.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara top scored for the Gladiators with 42 runs.

City Kaitak made light work of the run chase scoring at 10.30 runs an over to reach the target in 15.2 overs.

Barras beat ACT XI by three runs

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat on a warm day in Canberra, the Barramundis got off to a shaky start after being reduced to 3/34 in the sixth over.

Left-handed batsman, Sese Bau (14) joined his captain, Assad Vala to resurrect the innings to put on 33 runs for the fourth wicket before Bau was dismissed by Ben Taylor to leave the Barramundis on wobbly grounds at 4/67 in the 11th over. 

Barras win by four wickets in close encounter

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.

Barras excited ahead of Prime Minister’s XI match

The T20 fixture which will be the curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka match is part of the Barramundis’ Australian Tour.

“The Barras have trained very hard and particularly on their Strength & Conditioning Program. However their skills program has been hampered a lot with the adverse weather in Port Moresby. We have a busy year and all preparation phases will be crucial,” said Patel.

Patel added there have been a number of changes made to the team that played in the One Day International series late last year.

Barras to play two more lead up matches

The Barramundis will take on NSW XI twice, firstly in a 50 over match at Hustville Oval this Sunday followed by a T20 fixture the following day (Monday) at Blacktown.

They then leave for Canberra for the T20 match against the ACT XI.

Captain of the Barramundis, Assad Vala, said the lead up matches plus the ACT match will be a good experience for the team.

 “We want the best opportunity playing against quality players and teams who we watch on TV. It is a great experience for us, playing against players who play in the Big Bash.