PORT MORESBY, July 9 – Papua New Guinea women’s cricket team, the Lewas, defeated first timers New Caledonia by 132 runs to record their fourth straight win of the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games T20 competition at Bisini Grounds.
“This is probably one of the best performance I’ve never seen before,” coach Rodney Maha said. “Our game today tested some of our new combinations.”
PNG won the toss and elected to bat posting,194 runs for the loss of eight wickets after their allocated 20 overs.
In reply, PNG’s fast bowlers Tanya Ruma (3-4) and Boni David (3-10) demolished the New Caledonia batting line up.
David got a hat-trick to tear the New Caledonian batting order to shreds before Ruma sent the tailenders packing, as the Lewas bowled New Caledonia out for just 62.
According to New Caledonia coach Steven Selefen he was happy with the performance despite the loss because it was a learning experience for the side.
“This is the first cricket tournament for our girls and this is new for them,” Selefen said. “They have never played against a team before except when we went for Vanuatu last year, so it’s all new for them.”
The Lewas have also beaten Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji and will play the only other undefeated team in the tournament, Samoa, in their final round robin match 1t 10:00 on Friday.
The medal matches are scheduled for Saturday July 11.