Sport: Barramundis go top of the World Cricket League

12:49 pm on 24 October 2016

Papua New Guinea have gone top of the World Cricket League Championship after beating Namibia by six wickets in Port Moresby to complete a series clean sweep.

The home side made a perfect start with Vani Morea running Zane Green out off the first ball of the match.

Fellow opener Stephan Baard made 54 from 56 balls and Nicolaas Scholtz was unbeaten on 61 as Namibia were dismissed for 212 off the final ball of the innings.

Norman Vanua and Willie Gavera were the pick of the home bowlers, taking three wickets a piece.

Vani Morea anchored the Barramundis run chase, compiling a patient 67 runs in 121 balls.

PNG opener Vani Morea top-scored with 67.

PNG opener Vani Morea top-scored with 67. Photo: Cricket PNG

Captain Assad Vala chimed in with 55 before Sese and Dogodo Bau guided the home side to victory with two overs to spare.

Cricket PNG Chief Executive Officer, Greg Campbell, said the run chase was a good example of the team's growing maturity.

"They've come a long way in 12 months - the game sense and knowing what they need to do and to read the scoreboard. I know that sounds, for our listeners out there, a simple thing but they've come a long way and it was a great win today," he said.

"Chasing 274 on the Friday and the boys getting home four or five wickets down - same as they were today - just the game sense, knowing what they have to do.

"Low totals - they're always the same aren't they? You chase big totals they seem to be easier to get than these low totals of around 200 but they got there and it was very measured.

"It's very pleasing to have (the) Namibians here, they're a very strong side, they play first class cricket in South Africa and to win the four-day game pretty convincingly and the two one-dayers," Campbell said.

"Now we did on top of the table in the World Cricket League, after everyone's played (eight games and) we're sitting fourth in the Intercontinental Cup - it's pleasing where we're going."

Greg Campbell said it was encouraging for PNG Cricket's long-term future to see young players like Sese and Dogodo Bau step up and prove themselves on the international stage, alongside seasoned veterans.

The Barramundis have now won six of their eight WCL matches and lead the Netherlands on net run-rate.

There isn't much time to reflect on their success, however - they fly out next week for three one day internationals in Hong Kong.

PNG pray following their series win against Namibia.

PNG pray following their series win against Namibia. Photo: Cricket PNG