Sport: PNG, Scotland cricketers play out high-scoring draw in Port Moresby

12:10 pm on 5 October 2017

Papua New Guinea and Scotland played out a high-scoring draw in the Intercontinental Cup cricket match in Port Moresby, with the hosts 262 for 3 in their second innings at the end of four days play.

Scotland batsmen Mark Watt (81*) and Chris Sole (21) added 32 runs to their overnight total before debutant Damien Ravu picked up his maiden wicket, trapping Sole LBW, to end the visitors first innings at 514, a 110 run lead.

Vani Vagi Morea departed cheaply in the fifth over before Lega Siaka (83) and Tony Ura (75) compiled a century partnership for the second wicket to stave off any faint Scottish hopes of an outright victory.

Ura's 75 runs came off 112 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while Siaka's 83 runs came off 135 balls including eight boundaries and two sixes.

PNG and Scotland had to settle for a draw after four days cricket in Port Moresby.

PNG and Scotland had to settle for a draw after four days cricket in Port Moresby. Photo: Cricket PNG

After they were dismissed by Michael Leask and Calum Macleod respectively, Barramundis' Captain Assad Vala (61*) and Sese Bau (21*) guided the Barramundis to 263 at stumps.

"We played a really good game, posting some really big totals and against some really quality opposition. They got the first innings lead, but our boys fought back really well," said Barramundis captain, Assad Vala after the match.

"We created some opportunities out there but unfortunately we were unable to make them count which cost us in the end, but we hope that we learnt from this in time for our final ICC ICUP Match against Hong Kong in UAE later in the year.

"We are very proud of how we played out there over these past couple of days."

Barramundis interim head coach Jason Gillespie was also very proud of the efforts from his team in tough conditions.

"It was a very difficult game to force a result but our attitudes and efforts from our boys were outstanding," he said.

"Our efforts in the field was a good as any international team either full member or associate member. It was fantastic."

After claiming first innings points, Scotland have now leapfrogged PNG into fifth position in the Intercontinental Cup standings.

The teams will now play two one-day matches in the World Cricket League Championship on Friday and Sunday.

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