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Barramundis and Scotland Evenly Poised After Day 1 of ICC ICUP

Hebou PNG Barramundis’ finish Day 1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Round 6 fixture against Scotland on 7/285, with Vani Vagi Morea (53) and Sese Bau (51) posting half-centuries.

After winning the toss, Hebou PNG Barramundis’ captain, Assad Vala had no hesitation in batting first on a hot and humid day in Port Moresby. Barramundis’ opening batsmen Vani Vagi Morea and Tony Ura got the innings off to a rapid start, racing to 27 runs in less than five (5) overs before Ura was dismissed by Safyaan Sharif. Lega Siaka (48) then joined Morea to put on a 51-run partnership for the second wicket before Morea was dismissed by Sharif for an entertaining 53 runs and then Vala was dismissed two (2) balls later to leave the Barramundis in trouble at 3/78.

Siaka and Sese Bau then steadied the ship, before Siaka fell two runs shot of his half century, with Sharif taking all four wickets at the top order. Bau (51) fell soon after making his half century to Alasdair Evans to leave the Barramundis in a vulnerable 5/172. Mahuru Dai (24) and Jack Vare-Kevere (42) then chipped in to make some valuable runs, before Chad Soper (32*) and Norman Vanua (17*) guided the Hebou PNG Barramundis to 7/285 when bad light stopped play.

“We are in a good position even though we could have done more with the batting, but that is the way it is. A number of us had starts and it would have been great if a number of us could have converted them into bigger scores. We need to bat on tomorrow, hopefully to post a big score and then take ten wickets,” said Hebou PNG Barramundis’ Wicket-Keeper, Jack Vare-Kevere.

Day 2 of the ICC ICUP will commence at 9:42am local PNG Time at Amini Park, with the Hebou PNG Barramundis looking to extend their first innings score beyond 300 runs.

“We haven’t spoken about our plans on Day 2 other than batting, batting and batting and then see how we go,” concluded Vare-Kevere.

The ICUP Fixture will take place from Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th October, 2017. Heading into the match, the Hebou PNG Barramundis are sitting in fourth place on 40 points, managing victories over Netherlands in Round 1 and Namibia in Round 4, while Scotland are in sixth (6th) place on 37 points, having yet to register a victory in the ICUP. (ICUP Standings- https://www.icc-cricket.com/intercontinental-cup/standings)

Match Summary

1st Innings

Hebou PNG Barramundis 7/285 (82.4) Sese Bau 51 (85), Lega Siaka 48 (84), Jack Vare-Kevere 42 (98), Chad Soper 32* (76), Norman Vanua 17* (30), Safyaan Sharif 4/69 (18), Michael Leask 1/21 (6), Mark Watt 1/49 (21), Alasdair Evans 1/53 (15.4)

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