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Barramundis Defeat Southern Force in SACA Premier League

The Hebou PNG Barramundis claimed their second SACA Premier League victory in a row after defeating the Southern Force by three (3) wickets in a high scoring affair in Darwin, Australia yesterday.

The Southern Force batted first and posted an impressive 6/295 off their allotted 50 overs with Ben Bullimore smashing an unbeaten 107 runs off just 88 balls for the Force. Bullimore was ably supported by Brad Davis (83 ff 113 balls) while Nosiana Pokana (2/63) and Norman Vanua (2/68) were the only multiple wicket-takers for the Hebou PNG Barramundis.

In reply, the Hebou PNG Barramundis got off to a steady start with Tony Ura (23) and Lega Siaka (30) taking the score to 3/79. Then Hebou PNG Barramundis’ Captain, Assad Vala  (57) and Sese Bau (75) put a century partnership for fourth wicket, shifting the momentum in the favour of the Barramundis. In-form batsman, Mahuru Dai (31) and Dogodo Bau (18) both played valuable innings in the middle, before they were both dismissed in the 45th over by Daniel Clark (3/60) to leave the Barramundis in trouble at 7/257. Then enter John Boge Reva (24* off 11 balls) and Norman Vanua (18* off 11 balls) who both blasted the Force attack around, putting on an unbeaten 41 run- eighth wicket partnership in only 22 balls to guide the Barramundis to an amazing three (3) wicket victory.

The Hebou PNG Barramundis take on the Northern Mavericks in their final SACA Premier League match, before flying back to Port Moresby tomorrow, Monday 25th September, 2017.

This current tour is in preparation for ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 Fixture against Scotland which will take place in Port Moresby from 1-8th October. The Hebou PNG Barramundis are currently sitting in fourth (4th) place on 40 points in the ICUP Standings after five (5) rounds while they are in second (2nd) place in the WCLC Standings on 14 points after five (5) rounds also.

Match Summary

Southern Force 6/295 (50) Ben Bullimore 107* (88), Brad Davis 83 (113), Nosiana Pokana 2/63 (10), Norman Vanua 2/68 (10), Alei Nao 1/37 (9), Damien Ravu 1/48 (9) defeated by Hebou PNG Barramundis 7/301 (48.4) Sese Bau 75 (81), Assad Vala 57 (53), Mahuru Dai 31 (35), John Boge Reva 24* (11), Norman Vanua 18* (11), Zyggy Kkulesza 4/44 (10), Daniel Clark 3/60 (10) by three (3) wickets with 8 balls remaining.

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