Sport: PNG cricketers glad to be back in the middle

10:30 am on 25 September 2015

Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel says it's good to be back in action following a couple of months of reflection.

The Barramundi's began the defence of their South Australian Premier League title last weekend, losing first against the Western Grit before bouncing back to beat the Southern Force.

Dipak Patel says they've spent a lot of time dissecting why their came up short in July's World Twenty20 qualifiers.

He says their batting has been an issue so it's been pleasing to post a couple of big totals so far.

"The games are certainly what we need - we need a lot more cricket - but more importantly sort of getting away from home and the distractions that you obviously face. To be able to arrive in Darwin and put a lot of those theories into practice has been very helpful, and I'm very encouraged with the results as well".

The Barramundi's have another double header this weekend against the Northern Mavericks and Eastern Edge.

The PNG Lewas women's team are also in action on both days against the Australian Under 18 team.