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A good bowling performance was betrayed by equally inept batting as East Asia-Pacific (EAP) lost both their matches on the first day of their Australian Country Championships campaign in Albury on Sunday.
The composite team from the ICC's East Asia-Pacific team restricted Victoria Country to 118 for 3 from their 20 overs as Papua New Guinea players Chris Amini and Willie Gavera each took a wicket and conceded just 20 runs from their four overs. Their countryman Loa Nou had the same analysis except he went wicketless.
In reply EAP folded up in 18.2 overs and fell 18 runs short as Assad Vala top-scored with 49.
Vanuatu's Patrick Matautaua stood out in EAP's second match where they were beaten by Queensland Country by 22 runs in a story similar to the first game. Matautaua led a tight attack taking 3 for 16 from 4 overs, while Willie Gavera with 3 for 20 from 4 overs also impressed.
Again the batting failed in EAP's innings with only Matautaua (28) and his Vanuatu team-mate Andrew Mansale (24) exceeding 20 as four overs went unused.
EAP's next match is against South Australian Country, the team they beat last year.
Game 1 (Twenty20):
Victoria Country 118 for 3 (C.Amini 1-20, W.Gavera 1-20, L Nou 0-20) beat East Asia-Pacific 100 (A.Vala 49, J Baba 13, A.Mansale 12) by 18 runs
Points: Victoria Country 8.18, East Asia-Pacific 1.90.
Game 2 (Twenty20): Queensland Country 108-9 (P.Matautaua 3-16, W.Gavera 3-20, J.Baba 1-8, C.Amini 1-24) beat East Asia-Pacific 86 (J Baba 14, A Mansale 24, P Matautaua 28) by 22 runs
Points: Queensland Country 4, East Asia-Pacific 0
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