Pure Water Raukele thrashed IBS Poreporena by nine wickets in the ITI Port Moresby Cricket Association grand final at Amini Park in Port Moresby on Sunday.
Batting first, IBS Poreporena was bowled out for a below-par 138 in 19.3 overs despite some fighting knocks from Riley Hekure (42) and Dogodo Bau (21).
Raymond Haoda Jr (3/31) was the pick of the Raukele bowlers taking three wickets while spin twins Jason Kila (2/26) and Raho Sam (2/34) picked up a couple of wickets a piece.
In reply, Raukele chased down the required total in 17 overs, losing just one (1) wicket on the way. The innings was highlighted by a 100 run opening partnership between Arina Lahari (71) and Tony Ura (55*).
Lahari was awarded the Brian Amini medal for the man of the match in the premier grand final for his impressive 71 runs.
In the reserve grade grand final which was played in the morning, Pari cruised to a six wicket victory over Raukele Green.
Batting first, Pure Water Raukele Green was dismissed for a disappointing 72 runs in less than 19 overs. Mahuta Kivung (22) top scored for Raukele Green while Vagi Puka picked up 3/15 with the ball for Pari.
In reply, Pari lost four (4) wickets in their pursuit of their target, with Isi Guba (18*) and Vagi Guba (14*) eventually guiding Pari to victory in the 16th over. Vagi Puka was awarded the John Vada Medal for being Man of the Match in the reserve grade grand final after taking 3/15 with the ball. This victory was extra special for Pari, as now they can nominate to play in the ITI POMCA premier grade next year.
At the conclusion on the ITI POMCA premier grand ginal, team/individual awards were presented for their achievements throughout the season.
In the premier division, Assad Vala (Hoods CC) scored the most runs (431 runs), Alei Nao (IBS Poreporena) took the most wickets (23 wickets), Jack Vare-Kevere (IBS Poreporena)/Jason Kila (Raukele) took the most catches (10 each), Assad Vala (Hoods CC)/Lega Siaka (Dulux United)/Dogodo Bau (Poreporena) all scored centuries while Alei Nao (Poreporena) took the only five wicket haul (5/7).
United cricket club was awarded the club championship Award for the fourth consecutive year after showing consistency across all the divisions.
The 2018 season saw more than 1200 players play across eight divisions- Premier, Women, Reserves, U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12 and U-10 from April to September.
Grand Final Results:
Poreporena 10/138 (19.3) Riley Hekure 42, Dogodo Bau 21, Raymond Haoda Jnr 3/31, Jason Kila 2/26, Raho Sam 2/34 defeated by Raukele 1/141 (17) Arina Lahari 71, Tony Ura 55* by nine (9) wickets with 18 balls to spare
Raukele Green 10/72 (18.1) Mahuta Kivung 22, Kila Pala 19, Vagi Puka 3/15, Frank Karoho 2/11, Gaba Nou 2/18 defeated by Pari 4/73 (15.1) Isi Guba 18*, Vagi Guba 14*, Raymond Vai 2/11, Hekure Nou 2/26 by six (6) wickets with 29 balls remaining