Samoa take gold in women’s cricket

Samoa have taken gold in women’s cricket after beating the PNG Lewas by 3 runs yesterday afternoon.

Winning the toss, the Samoans went into bat first and got off to a bad start as the first 3 wickets fell in close succession for only 13 runs.

This brought to the crease, captain Regina Sela Monika Lili’i who momentarily turned their innings around smashing 30 runs.

But her dismissal brought about a batting collapse as the rest of the batting order all scored below 20 runs.

After the full 20 overs bowled, Samoa finished at 9/103.

PNG’s Tanya Ruma was phenomenal picking up 3/11 followed by Norma Ovasuru who finished with 2/8.

In their run chase, PNG openers Ovasuru (36) and Varoi Morea (10) made it look easy as they put on an opening stand of 46 runs.

But their dismissals sparked a batting collapse similar to that of Samoa’s as Konio Oala (1) and Captain Pauke Siaka (2), Boni David (2), Kaia Arua (1) were all sent back.

It was Samoa’s Marita Paulo who destroyed the PNG batting attack taking 4/23.

This left the last two batsmen in Tanya Ruma (23) and Mairi Tom (3) who eventually ran out of overs to chase down the target.

In the bronze medal play off, Fiji beat Vanuatu by 12 runs.

Troy Taule