21 Jul 2016

Sport: PNG Lewas to address batting concerns

9:48 am on 21 July 2016

The Papua New Guinea women's cricket plan to shake up their batting line-up to address concerns at the top of the order.

The Lewas beat Samoa on Tuesday to secure top spot at the East Asia Pacific Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Apia.

But that result wasn't without difficulty as PNG slumped to 69 for 6 in pursuit of Samoa's 95 all out.

Coach Rodney Maha said they have struggled with the bat during their three matches, particularly at the top of the order.

Opener Sibona Jimmy has managed just two runs in three innings while first drop Kari Seura was dropped for the previous match after scores of 2 and 1 in the opening two games.

The PNG Lewas celebrate a wicket.

PNG have impressed with the ball in Apia but struggled with the bat. Photo: ICC East Asia Pacific

Maha said he intends to make changes for today's final match against Japan.

"Batting is the most problem and also probably our openers - we haven't had a good combination yet - so I'm trying to find a new combination to give us a good start," he said.

"It won't mean anything in the end because we've already got what we came here to achieve but I think it would be a good time to test some of the others

players who are not in the eleven and I think one of the important areas we need to work on is trying to get a good start and maintaining it."

As East Asia Pacific champions, Papua New Guinea will represent the region at the World Cup's final global qualifier later this year.