The tri-series in the United States of America between Papua New Guinea, Namibia and the hosts ended on Monday, September 23, when Nambia eased off in Lauderhill, Fla., With a 27-race win over PNG.
It was PNG’s eighth consecutive defeat in the Cricket World Cup League 2. They fought hard at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, with captain Assad Vala scoring 114 balls 104, but they fell short and scored 233 runs in response to Namibia’s 260.
Namibia was the right ending for a nice tour. They have lost their opening match to the USA, but have since secured three wins in a row to finish second behind Scotland in the table of the Cricket World Cup League 2. All of Scotland, Namibia, the USA, and Oman have six points, each has won three and lost one, while PNG takes the position of the wooden spoon and in eight cases recorded no wins.
Each of their players contributed with the bat, ball and field, and it was a complete team effort on the African side.
Namibia chose a bat, and Jean Kotze opened with Stephen Baard. It was a good decision as the pair settled on 60. It was Captain Vala who retired and snatched Kotze for a 36-Ball-25. Craig Williams (32) then joined Baard and the pair moved on to another solid 64. PNG needed Vala once again to break the score and the captain looked at Williams.
But Baard continued. He came to his half-century and plowed on, eventually falling over in the 36th for a well-made 97-Ball 73. However, Zane Green (41) and Johannes Smit (33) failed to equalize and Jan Fryllnck’s 22-ball lifted 27 * Namibia to 260/9.
PNG, desperate for the victory, had a good start: the first 29 goals came in seven overs before Gerhard Erasmus scored a stunning goal to counter Tony Ura for a 25-ball-28 win. However, there was no breakdown. Simon Atai had partnered with Vala, and during their 80-minute trade show, PNG seemed a real challenge to Namibia’s goal.
Atai was dismissed for a 57-ball 24, and the gates began to stagger, with Bernard Scholtz ending 4/27. Vala remained strong at the other end, but could not enter into partnerships. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding in the middle led him to lose 104. Not long after, PNG was defeated with 233 in 47.3 Overs.