21 Nov 2013

Sport: PNG target strong finish to Twenty20 qualifiers

11:55 am on 21 November 2013

After back to back defeats, Papua New Guinea have reached a critical juncture in their bid to qualify for the Twenty20 World Cup.

The Barramundi's began their qualifying campaign in the United Arab Emirates with impressive victories over Kenya and the Netherlands but have since fallen back into the pack after losses against Afghanistan and Nepal.

PNG have dropped to fifth in Group B, which is still good enough to make the playoffs.

Next up is Scotland on Thursday evening, who've only won one game so far and Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell says it's the start of a vital run in.

"If we win our next three games you end up with five wins out of the seven games and you'd take that at the start of the tournament and that will probably put us anywhere from one to third position come semi final time. We've probably played the best teams, if you want to put it that way, and then we have Denmark who are probably struggling in this tournament and then Bermuda who started off really well but have lost their couple, so we've got Scotland, Denmark, Bermuda. You'd probably, hopefully, definitely have two and we're going for three wins."

Greg Campbell says one thing that should work in PNG's favour is that most of the teams above them on the standings still have to play each other.