26 Feb 2014

Sport: PNG Garamuts desperate to avoid wooden spoon

11:54 am on 26 February 2014

Papua New Guinea are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon in Wednesday night's Under 19 Cricket World Cup playoff match against Canada in Abu Dhabi.

The Garamuts have lost all five matches so far at the tournament with batting a constant achilles heel.

The losing side will finish 16th and dead last in the tournament and head coach Rarua Dikana says he's hopeful the players have one big performance left in them.

"We're just hoping that our top batsmen turn up on the day and play their natural game rather than worry about what's been happening in the tournament. That's something they can't control now - what they can control is the game that is coming - so players like Riley [Hekure] and Kiplin [Doriga] have been performing consistently. Our skipper [Dogodo Bau] is due for a big one and hopefully it's on the last game and a couple of the [need] boys to step up and stay in a bit more of the partnerships and we will be good to avoid the wooden spoon."