Scotland's World Cup dream over

Leigh Griffiths had Scottish fans dreaming at half-time after his volley from a narrow angle fired in off the post (32) but substitute Roman Bezjak turned the game on its head with two goals (52, 72) as Slovenia grew stronger in the second half.

Robert Snodgrass' late equaliser (88) set up a tense finale, but Scotland could not find the all-important winner despite coming close twice in the dying minutes and seeing Bostjan Cesar sent off for the hosts (90+2).

The draw left Scotland on 18 points, with Slovakia finishing ahead of them on goal difference.

Barras bounce back to beat Scots

A much improved bowling attack reduced the Scots to 203 inside 49 overs. Norman Vanua (2/36), John Reva (2/35) and Mahuru Dai (2/19) did most of the work with the ball.

In their run chase, openers Vani Vagi Morea (18) and Tony Ura (25) made a strong start putting on 44 runs for the first wicket.

Captain Assad Vala continued where they left off, adding on another 49 runs. Vala’s dismissal left the Barras at 5/130, with the game in the balance.

But it was Dai (63*) and Dogodo Bau (14*) who guided the Barras home to victory with 12 balls to spare.


Barras captain still positive despite loss

“I was very happy with the performance of our bowlers and fielders today and to restrict a quality opposition to 278 after the start they had. The bowlers were exceptional, especially the death bowling from Alei Nao and Norman Vanu,” said Vala.

The Scots ripped through the top order and won the match inside 43 overs.

“To be bowled out for 177 on a good wicket was very disappointing. We gave away soft dismissals, we didn’t get any partnerships going and overall we were very disappointed from our batting group.

Barras lose by 101 runs

The Scots batted first, setting a target of 279 for the home side to chase down for victory.

Calum MacLeod was the star with the bat smashing his 154 runs off 163 balls. His knock included 15 boundaries and 3 sixes.

Other contributions came from Richie Berrington (54) and captain Kyle Coetzer (46).

Alei Nao (3/40) and Norman Vanua (3/57) were the Barras’ best with the ball.

A batting collapse in the top order left the Barras reeling at 5-85 after 20.3 overs.

Barras and Scots draw

Starting the day at 9/482, Scotlands’ Mark Watt (81*) and Chris Sole (21) managed to take the score beyond 500 runs before Barras’ debutant, Damien Ravu picked up his maiden wicket trapping Sole lbw when the score reached 514.  

Trailing by 110, the Barras got off to a shaky start when opener Vani Vagi Morea (13) was dismissed by Alasdair Evans.

Lega Siaka (83) and Tony Ura (75) batted brilliantly to post a century partnership for the second wicket to take any realistic chance of Scotland taking outright points.

Scotland leading Barras on day 3

Richie Berrington did the damage, punishing the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ bowlers for his 129 runs, which included fifteen boundaries.

Berrington was eventually dismissed by Barras’ captain Assad Vala.

The tail-enders then went to work. Safyaan Sharif, the star with the ball for Scotland, made a valuable 25 runs while Mark Watt (61*) and Chris Sole (14*) were able to take Scotland to 9/482 at stumps to put Scotland ahead in the match.

Barras to play Scotland this Sunday

The four day match (October 1-October 4) will be played at the recently ICC accredited venue- Amini Park, Port Moresby.

Heading into the match, the Barras are sitting in fourth place on 40 points, while Scotland are in sixth place on 37 points, having yet to register a win.

Intercontinental Cup Standings:

Ireland (89), Afghanistan (81), Netherlands (52), PNG (40), Hong Kong (39), Scotland (37), United Arab Emirates (27), Namibia (27). 

Play will commence at Amini Park at 10am each day.

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Barras squad announced

The 14-man squad will once again be led by Assad Vala with former Australian Test cricketer, Jason Gillespie being in charge of his first ICC sanctioned event as Cricket PNG’s consultant coach.

The squad is made up of 12 players from the Port Moresby Cricket Association, Chad Soper who is currently based in Australia and for the first time, Damien Ravu from the Lae Cricket Association.

The ICC and WCLC fixtures will be played at Amini Park in Port Moresby from October 1-8.

CPNG’s chairman of Selectors, Daniel Faunt, was excited with the announcement of the squad.

Hannah Gadsby named joint winner of Comedy Award

The comedian's show Nanette was declared joint winner of the Best Comedy Award with that of British stand-up John Robins' The Darkness of Robins.

It has been a record-breaking year for Gadsby after taking out the Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards, the Barry Award for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the award for Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Flying Fijians name four debutants to face Scotland

Olympic Sevens gold medallist Josua Tuisova, who plies his trade at French giants Toulon, has been selected on the right wing, while Mosese Ducivaki, Sikeli Nabou and John Stewart are all included on the bench for the match at ANZ Stadium.

There are five furtherchanges to the starting fifteen with Sunia Koto, Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Patrick Osborne and Albert Vulivuli also getting an opportunity.