Scotland batted all day on Day 3 to finish on 9/482 at stumps, with a first innings lead of 78 runs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Round 6 fixture against the Hebou PNG Barramundis with Richie Berrington scoring a magnificent century.
Starting the day at 4/189, Berrington and Craig Wallace negated the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ bowlers in the first half hour before Norman Vanua trapped Wallace (23) Leg Before Wicket to leave the visitors in a vulnerable position at 5/223. Then Michael Leask (58) and Berrington came together to put on 91 runs for the sixth wicket to take the game away for the Barramundis before Nosiana Pokana dismissed Leask.
Berrington continued on after lunch to post a magnificent, patient century (129 off 297 balls) which included fifteen boundaries to take the game right away from the hosts before Barramundis’ captain, Assad Vala stumped him. Safyaan Sharif, the star with the ball for Scotland made a valuable 25 runs, while Mark Watt (61*) and Chris Sole (14*) was able to take Scotland to 9/482 at stumps on Day 3. Mahuru Dai was the pick of the Barramundis’ bowlers taking 3/91 off a massive 37 overs while Chad Soper was the only other multiple wicket-taker, taking 2/54 off 26 overs.
Day 4 of the ICC ICUP will commence at 10:00am local PNG Time at Amini Park, with the Hebou PNG Barramundis looking to take the last wicket quickly and then bat to reduce the margin.
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 9/482 (159) Richie Berrington 129 (297), Mark Watt 61* (130), Michael Leask 58 (86), George Munsey 53 (90), Calum Macleod 49 (77), Mahuru Dai 3/91 (37), Chad Soper 2/54 (26), Assad Vala 1/23 (9), Lega Siaka 1/27 (10)