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PNG Barras Proven Stoutness on Home Soil with a T20I Hat-Trick


PNG Barramundis have proven to be firm on home soil starting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier tourney on a high note winning two of their matches against Vanuatu and Philippines as well as claiming an international hat-tricks over the weekend at Amini Park, Port Moresby.

In their first match, Vanuatu took the first innings with 71/8 with 20 overs completed, but the PNG Barras claimed to be too hearty taking out Vanuatu by 9 wickets. The score stood as PNG 75/1 with 6.3 overs where’s Vanuatu settled at 71/8 with 20 overs completed.


Interestingly, taking out Man-Of-the-Match for their first win was debutant John Kariko with 3/6 runs. John is the son of former Barramundis player Noel Kariko who was on the supporter’s stand and all smiles to witness his son’s significant moment and achievement.

In their second match against Philippines on Sunday, PNG won by 117 runs while Philippines was left hanging at 45/10 with 17 overs.


The two first match was a game for the bowlers as another bowler Kabua Vagi Morea took out the Man-of-the-Match after claiming an International hat-trick for Papua New Guinea Barramundis. A moment for him and his fellow team mates.

Meanwhile, the standings after 2 days of match saw PNG leading with 4 points with a total of 6.043 run rates (NRR) followed closely by Japan, who was also undefeated since the beginning of the tourney with 4 points and 1.850 run rates while Vanuatu and Philippines scrambling on 3rd and 4th placement respectively.


According to PNG Barramundis head coach Nathan Reardon, it was a good start for his team and they looking to take each game as they come because they have about 5 more games to go.

The match continues today, 1:30pm at Amini Park where Japan will go head-to-head with Papua New Guinea. Will PNG win this match or Japan will? Let’s find out after the match today.

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