The PNG Lewas have bounced back to claim victory over Samoa and win the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017 in Sano, Japan.
Sano put on another day of amazing weather as PNG continued the tournament trend of winning the toss and bowling first in perfect cricket conditions.
It paid off early for PNG as they reduced Samoa to 2 for 1 in just the third over.
Samoa captain Regina Lili’I (32 off 45 balls) and Lelia Bourne (19 off 22 balls) stabilised the innings with a 43-run partnership before a mini-collapse saw Samoa lose three wickets in five balls.
From there the going was tough for Samoa who in the end could only manage 9 for 79 from their 20 overs.
PNG’s opening pair of Sibona Jimmy (22 off 23 balls) and Tanya Ruma (5 off 19 balls) got their team off to the perfect start as PNG raced to be none for 33 runs after six overs.
But the game was far from over as PNG lost four wickets for seven runs to give Samoa renewed hope.
Enter PNG’s captain Pauke Siaka with a match winning innings of 19 from 27 balls who alongside Brenda Tau (20* off 30 balls) took the game back away from Samoa.
In the end Samoa never had enough runs on the board, as PNG won by six wickets in the 19th over.
Siaka was proud of her team’s effort saying that “our bowlers they did a really good job and we got early wickets.”
“We are very happy to have made it to the next stage of qualification. And I know the girls are very excited,” concluded Siaka.
The win means PNG and Samoa finish equal on points but PNG finish on top with a superior net run rate and get the one qualifying spot available.
The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier will be held later in 2017 or early 2018.
Samoa 9/79 (20) Lili’I 32, Bourne 19, Oa 2/9 (4) defeated by PNG 4/82 (18.4) Jimmy 22, Tau 20*, Siaka 19*, Lili’I 2/9 (4)