HEBOU PNG Barramundis

Massive blow for PNG cricket team

Hebou Barramundis’ opening bowler, Nao, suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament on 16th August during warm-up at a training session in Brisbane.

Nao will go in for surgery this Thursday, 23rd August, in Brisbane and will be ruled out from playing cricket for at least 12 months.

Barras leave PNG shores tomorrow

The team is prepared to face off against fellow Pacific islanders in the ICC World T20 East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier.

Among the 14-man team, Steven Eno, an experienced club batsmen and wicket keeper, will be debuting.

And just like a good number of his colleagues, Eno, from Hanuabada, started playing cricket at a young age.

“I started learning cricket in the village. From there I joined the Port Moresby Cricket Association then from there I represented the under 19 in the world cup qualifier in Canada. That was in 2009,” he said.

Barras top up on fitness ahead of qualifier

With a few days left before they leave the country, Captain Assad Vala said the team is topping up on their fitness in preparation for the ICC World T20 East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier.

The 14-man team, led by veteran cricketer, Assad Vala, will depart Port Moresby on 15th August to Brisbane, where they will be based for five days before flying to Fiji.

Suva will play host to Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu, four of the best teams in the East-Asia-Pacific region.

PNG fall to Netherlands in ICC qualifiers

The Hebou PNG Barramundis played their part in an entertaining day of cricket at the Old Hararian Sports Club.

Assad Vala won the toss and chose to field, but his bowlers could not find any early breakthrough. Both Keeper-Batsman Scott Edwards and Ben Cooper got the Dutch off to a solid start as they took the game to the PNG bowlers.

PNG's Ura sets record in Day 2

After being sent in to bat by Ireland’s captain, William Porterfield, the Hebou PNG Barramundis got off to another disastrous start, slumping to 3/24 in the 12th over.

When Charles Amini Jnr was stumped for eight runs off the bowling of Paul Stirling, the Hebou PNG Barramundis were in a massive hole at 6/80 and in danger of being bowled out for less than 100.

During this carnage, Ura stuck to his plans to hit the very strong Ireland bowling attack to all parts of the beautiful Hare Sports Club Ground to hit his maiden ODI century.

Barras lose opener to UAE

United Arab Emirates batted first and finished the innings all out for 221.

With the Duckworth/Lewis method in play, the target was reduced to a 170 for victory in 28 overs.

A batting collapse in the top order led to their demise as the Barras were bowled out for 113.

“I didn’t start too well in my first over, but I managed to pull it back after that. Overall I was very happy with my death bowling, which has been a key part of my game over the past couple of months,” said fast bowler, Norman Vanua. 

PNG Barras to play UAE first

The Hebou PNG Barramundis:

1.         Assad Vala (Captain)

2.         Vani Vagi Morea

3.         Lega Siaka

4.         Tony Ura

5.         Sese Bau

6.         Mahuru Dai

7.         Damien Ravu

8.         John Boge Reva

9.         Alei Nao

10.       Jason Kila

11.       Chad Soper

12.       Kipling Doriga

13.       Norman Vanua

14.       Jack Vare-Kevere

15.       Charles Amini Jnr

Coach: Joe Dawes

The match will start at 5:30 PM PGT.

O’Connor helps PNG Barras

The Barras are currently preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

Adelaide Strikers’ leg-spinner, O’Connor, who was selected for the Big Bash showpiece on Sunday after being on the sideline for the entire Big Bash, took 0/27 off his allotted four overs to help the Adelaide Strikers win their maiden Big Bash title after defeating the Hobart Hurricanes by 25 runs. 

O’Connor got the opportunity to fly to Port Moresby through the Adelaide Strikers’ assistant coach and newly-appointed Cricket PNG National Coach, Joe Dawes.  

19yo impresses

Papua New Guinea has a rich history in this contest with many members of the Hebou PNG Barramundis and CPL PNG Lewas playing at the tournament for many years.

One of the most notable Western Australian players being Brad Hogg, who has won 2 World Cups, played Tests, ODIs and T20s for Australia and is still going at the ripe age of 46.

“I’ve been in the country two or three times now, and just seeing the way PNG cricket has taken off, and starting to be a presence in the world has been great,” said Hogg when he was in Papua New Guinea as a coach in March 2017.

EAP men’s team win after three years

The EAP men’s team, captained by Vanuatu’s National Captain, Andrew Mansale, finished the 50 Over Competition in sixth place with no wins from five matches, while they finished a very respectable second place in the T20 Competition with three wins from five matches.    

The highlights were the three victories against very strong Australian Country Sides in Victoria (by 6 wickets), Western Australian (by 5 wickets) and New South Wales (6 wickets) in rain affected championships, which were EAP’s first victories in the ACCC since 2014.