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PNG Cricket Men’s A Team focused on retaining gold in Pacific Games

The PNG Cricket Men’s A Team is focused on retaining the gold medal and Papua New Guinea’s winning record in consecutive Pacific Games.

This was revealed by Coach John Ovia who said the team has a very good line up of former Barramundis players who will bring plenty of experience into the team to retain the gold medal for PNG come the Pacific Games in July.

“Since February the boys have been training hard with long periods of batting, bowling and fielding skills training. In addition the fitness drills done by the team at the High Performance Centre has been fantastic especially with the help of PNG Olympic Committee’s High Performance Manager Aaron Alsop and his team,” Ovia said.

“The team has former Barramundis players such as Captain Chris Amini, Kabua Vagi Morea, Jason Kila, Raymond Haoda Jnr, and Joel Tom and with the inclusion of two Lae based players Damien Ravu and Billy Maha the team is very well balanced. Most of the team members have also played in international matches and their expertise and skills will play a major role for PNG to maintain its winning streak in the Pacific Games,” Ovia added.

Ovia said the team is playing on home soil in the Pacific Games and this will be another added bonus for team as they will have supporters that will give them the much needed support and encouragement during matches.

The team will travel to Brisbane in early June for a development tour as part of their lead up preparations for the Pacific Games and will play two T20 matches, two 50 0ver matches and one 2 day match against the PNG Barramundis. These will be warm up matches for both teams as the PNG Barramundis are also preparing for the ICC Global T20 Qualifier in July this year in Ireland and Scotland.

The PNG men’s cricket team has won a record of 6 South Pacific Games gold medals in 1979, 1987, 1991, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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