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PNG Barramundis make cricket history

“We’re going to the big dance”.

These were the words of Papua New Guinea’s star bowler, Charles Jordan Amini after the PNG Barramundis made history by becoming the first Pacific island country to qualify for Twenty20 (T20) Cricket World Cup.

Congratulations soon poured in from Cricket PNG and sports fans all over the region after PNG’s unlikely victory over Kenya at the qualifying tournament in Dubai in late October. At one stage in the match against Kenya, PNG was sitting at just 19 runs for six wickets inside four overs. At that point it seemed all hopes of qualifying were a mere whisper in the wind, impossible to hear. However, in a brave comeback, the Papua New Guineans dug deep. Norman Vanua made 54 runs in 48 balls, and the team made a respectable 118 for their innings.

 

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