Sport: PNG cricketers have work to do after back to back defeats

10:18 am on 25 June 2015

Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel says his players have some work to do after slumping to a second straight one day defeat against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Peter Borren anchored the Dutch innings with an unbeaten 105 in an imposing total of 297 for 6.

In reply, the Barramundi's lost Lega Siaka in the third over and struggled to conserve wickets as the run-rate climbed throughout the innings.

Sese Bau and Kila Pala offered some resistance, making 41 and 56 respectively, before PNG were dismissed for 212 in the 41st over.

Dipak Patel says the run chase proved too much for them after their bowlers let the home side off the hook.

"We had opportunities to perhaps bowl them out for about 220 or 230 but we lost concentration at crucial times - a couple of dropped catches. Those little things are hurting us at the moment but for two thirds of the game we're very competitive. We've got a fair bit of work to do with both batting and bowling but nothing to be too worried about - it's a learning curve for our guys. It comes down to our experience, or lack of, when we should be finishing these teams off".

The Barramundi's now turn their attention to shortest form of the game, where they will contest the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in Ireland and Scotland next month.

The PNG Barramundi's cricket team in the Netherlands.

The PNG Barramundi's cricket team in the Netherlands. Photo: Supplied

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