Barras lose opener to UAE

The Hebou PNG Barramundis fell short by 56 runs in a rain affected match at the 2018 World Cup Qualifier against United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates batted first and finished the innings all out for 221.

With the Duckworth/Lewis method in play, the target was reduced to a 170 for victory in 28 overs.

A batting collapse in the top order led to their demise as the Barras were bowled out for 113.

“I didn’t start too well in my first over, but I managed to pull it back after that. Overall I was very happy with my death bowling, which has been a key part of my game over the past couple of months,” said fast bowler, Norman Vanua. 

“It was pretty disappointing after the way we fought back on the field and with the ball. The rain delay did not help our cause as well either.

“I think we have to just have to start our overs well and tie down the batsmen, forcing them to do something out of the ordinary.

“We have to also stay patient, and with the bat we have to dig deep and get those big partnerships. We just need someone to get a big score and post a big total.”

The Barras will be hoping for an improved performance when they take on Ireland tomorrow.

Troy Taule