Sport: PNG cricketers looking to maintain T20 edge

11:50 am on 6 February 2016

Papua New Guinea is hoping to maintain their recent edge over Ireland in cricket's shortest format.

The Barramundis were outclassed by 146 runs against Ireland in a four-day game in Townsville last week, but have won the past two T20 matches against the men in green.

Their last encounter was at the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland last year, where PNG prevailed by two wickets but narrowly missed out on a spot at the World Cup.

Barramundis coach Dipak Patel says Twenty20 is PNG's favourite form of the game and they're looking forward to the challenge of three matches against a team ranked 15th in the world.

"This format of T20 cricket comes a lot more natural to our players - they really enjoy the format as well. It's good for them for their preparation for the World Cup and we would have obviously thrived on the opportunity of playing in the World Cup ourselves. It's a good opportunity for our players to play against the top-ranked team in T20 competitions in the second tier so it should be a thrilling three games I would think."

The first T20 International is today in Townsville, with the remaining games on Sunday and Tuesday.

PNG will need a big batting effort to beat Ireland.

PNG will need a big batting effort to beat Ireland. Photo: Cricket PNG