Thursday, January 23, 2014

PNG leapfrog into Super Six stage

Papua New Guinea opener Lega Siaka scored his second century of the tournament to ensure his side finished atop Group B courtesy of an eight-wicket thrashing of Namibia at Mount Maunganui. Namibia won the toss and chose to bat first but were under pressure immediately after Pipi Raho and PNG captain Chris Amini nipped out two wickets each in their opening spells to leave Namibia at 16 for 4 in the sixth over.
Gerrie Snyman provided Namibia's best resistance with 54 at number six, but lacked any genuine support. Snyman was dismissed by Mahuru Dai in the 41st over to make it 137 for 8 before Namibia were eventually bowled out for 163 in 48.4 overs. Siaka's 112 not out dominated the chase and PNG's next best score was Assad Vala's 16. PNG needed only half of the allotted overs to reach the target and vaulted to the top of the group in the process.

Lega Siaka scored a match-winning century,  Namibia v Papua New Guinea, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Mount Maunganui, January 23, 2014
Lega Siaka scored a match-winning century for Papua New Guinea

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