Gavera, Vanua set up PNG's sixth straight win

Papua New Guinea 213 for 4 (Morea 67, Vala 55) beat Namibia 212 (Gavera 3-39, Vanua 3-38) by six wickets

Papua New Guinea fast bowlers Norman Vanua and Willie Gavera took three wickets each and played leading roles during a collapse in which Namibia lost six wickets for 57 runs in Port Moresby. PNG successfully chased the target of 213 with two overs to spare, with opener Vani Morea and captain Assad Vala adding 100 for the third wicket to secure their sixth successive victory in the World Cricket League.

Namibia got off to a bad start after winning the toss, with non-striker Zane Green being run-out while attempting a third run off the first ball of the match. His partner Stephan Baard went on to make a 54-ball 56 but was part of the slide that resulted in Namibia slipping from 76 for 2 to 133 for 8. Nicolaas Scholtz made an unbeaten 61 to take his team to 212 in 50 overs.

Morea anchored PNG’s chase, top-scoring with 67 off 121 balls. His partner in the century partnership, Vala, made 55 off 70 deliveries. Both batsmen fell in the space of about six overs, but Sese Bau’s unbeaten 40 sealed the six-wicket victory.

The result meant PNG led the table because of their superior net run rate, having drawn level with Netherlands on 12 points after eight games. Namibia have lost seven in a row since their win against Hong Kong in the tournament’s first match in May 2015.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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