Scotland finished Day 2 on 4/189 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Round 6 fixture after the Hebou PNG Barramundis were bowled for 404 at lunch.
Starting the day at 7/285, Chad Soper (60) and Norman Vanua (64) frustrated the Scotland bowling attacking, putting on 93 runs for the eighth wicket before Soper was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Sole. Damien Ravu, playing in his first match for the Hebou PNG Barramundis then continued on where Soper left off, making a valuable 32 runs, adding 41 runs for the ninth wicket before Vanua was dismissed. Ravu and Nosiana Pokana then chipped away, taking the total beyond 400, before Ravu was bowled by Michael Leask to eventually be dismissed all out for 404 at lunch. Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the Scotland bowlers taking 4/94 off 26 overs, while Leask (2/40) and Alasdair Evans (2/99) both picked up two (2) wickets.
In reply, Scotland got off to a brilliant start with Scotland Captain Kyle Coetzer (24) and George Munsey (53) adding 64 runs for the opening wicket before Mahuru Dai dismissed Coetzer. Calum Macleod (49) then joined Munsey to take the score beyong 100 before Munsey was caught behind off the bowling of Soper for 53. MacLeod was then trapped Leg Before Wicket by Dai shortly after and when Soper dismissed Matthew Cross (10), Scotland fell to 4/167. Richie Berrington (29*) and Craig Wallace (12*) were then able to take Scotland to 4/189 at stumps on Day, still trailing the Hebou PNG Barramundis by 215 runs in the first innings.
“It was really good to contribute to the team today. I wanted to fight hard for the boys (with thebat) and didn’t want to get out. It was really good to get some runs out there and take some wickets today,” said a delighted Chad Soper after Day 2.
“I think we did well to get past 300 and then we set goals like getting 10 runs and to get 400 on that wicket was very good. Our aim is to take wickets at regular intervals tomorrow and to keep it very simple,” concluded Soper.
Day 3 of the ICC ICUP will commence at 10:00am local PNG Time at Amini Park, with the Hebou PNG Barramundis looking to bowl out Scotland below 404 and take first innings points.
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)
Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/404 (116.3) Norman Vanua 64 (124), Chad Soper 60 (142)ese Bau 51 (85), Lega Siaka 48 (84), Jack Vare-Kevere 42 (98), Damien Ravu 32 (35), Safyaan Sharif 4/94 (26), Michael Leask (2/40 (8.3), Alasdair Evans 2/99 (27)
Scotland 4/189 (63) George Munsey 53 (90), Calum Macleod 49 (77), Richie Berrington 29* (101), Craig Wallance 12* (41), Chad Soper 2/27 (14), Mahuru Dai 2/30 (15)