21 May 2015

Sport: PNG Lewas grateful for match-play in Samoa

11:17 am on 21 May 2015

The Papua New Guinea women's cricket team is looking forward to some much needed match-practice during their two week tour of Samoa.

The Lewas play two Twenty20 matches today, against the Samoan women's team and the Samoan U19 men's team.

Head coach Rodney Maha says this is their first international match since the East Asia Pacific tournament in Japan 12 months ago.

He says all the construction work in Port Moresby for the Pacific Games means they have not been able to train properly back home, so a tour abroad is just what they needed.

"We have no grounds to train on. We've done a lot of work in our indoor nets, and also a little bit of fielding [but] what we haven't done is play some matches before coming here. We hope to get as much playing time here so we can take it over to just before the Games in Port Moresby".

Rodney Maha says taking on the men's team will be an especially good test for his players, both physically and mentally.

The PNG Lewas women's cricket team.

The PNG Lewas women's cricket team. Photo: Supplied