CRICKET PNG Head Coach Joe Dawes (pictured) was impressed with the performances of the Hebou PNG Barramundis at the Hebou International T20 50-Over Series that took place in Port Moresby October 1-12.
The Barramundis won the T20 Series, not losing a single game during the series and then won the 50-Over Series 2-1 against Hong Kong.
“Yeah it was a great two weeks. It was disappointing not to clean sweep the 50-Over games but that happens. Some really good cricket was played and not just by the normal couple of senior players,” Dawes who is also the High Performance Manager, said. There were a number of individual players that had a great series including Charles Amini Jr, Lega Siaka and Damien Ravu but Dawes was impressed with the overall team performance.
“They (Hebou PNG Barramundis) all did to be honest. To see Lega (Siaka) and Damian (Ravu) play well after missing out in Fiji was really pleasing. CJ (Charles Amini Jnr) continues to perform well with bat and ball. We saw some really mature efforts from our batting group and Lega’s innings was something special and I hope sets him up moving forward,” said Dawes.
For the first time, the Cricket PNG Academy XI played in the Hebou International T20 Series against the Barramundis and Hong Kong. Although they were unable to register a single victory, the Academy XI competed very well against good international competition.
“It was really pleasing to see the depth we have coming through. There are lots to do to keep improving the players but we have some really good young players. The CPNG Academy XI had its opportunities to win some games but just missed vital bits of the game, but that is cricket and they will learn from it,” said Dawes.
The Hebou International T20/50 Over Series is the only international cricket series to be held in Port Moresby this year and Dawes emphasised the importance of playing at home.
“Everyone that plays the game wants to represent their country and play in front of family and friends. We have a big cricket family at CPNG and it is good to showcase what the team is doing in front of them,” said Dawes.
The Barramundis have a week’s break before travelling to Hong Kong for a T20 50-Over Series along with the Hong Kong 6s. The full schedule and travelling squad will be announced later in the week.