Papua New Guinea September 5, 2010

PNG beat Hong Kong to win quadrangular

Papua New Guinea 205 (Arua 61, Vala 41, A Khan 4-46) beat Hong Kong 149 (Gull 48, Baeau 4-31) by 56 runs

Papua New Guinea 205 (Arua 61, Vala 41, A Khan 4-46) beat Hong Kong 149 (Gull 48, Baeau 4-31) by 56 runs

Papua New Guinea has won the Air Niugini Supa Series quadrangular tournament after beating Hong Kong by 56 runs on Friday. Singapore's 11-run defeat of Malaysia in Friday's other game meant they finished second, while Malaysia and Hong Kong finished third and fourth.

PNG won the toss and elected to bat, however Hong Kong took early wickets to reduce the hosts to 80 for 5. Kapena Arua and Jack Vare steadied the innings for PNG with a 58-run partnership and ensured Hong Kong would require 206 for victory. Asif Khan took the key wickets of Assad Vala, Kila Pala, Kapena Arua and Kila to finish with 4 for 46.

Hong Kong's reply got off to a steady start but the run out of Roy Lamsam (16) sparked a mini-collapse that reduced Hong Kong to 39 for 3. Some solid batting from Ilyas Gull (48) steered Hong Kong to a position of relative strength at 105 for 4 but then the innings folded rather meekly as paceman Baeau (4-31) ran through defences of the middle and lower order batsmen. Hong Kong was all out for 149 in 46 overs.

Singapore257 for 8 (Mendis 80, Ruwan 55, Arifin 2 for 39, Rahim 2 for 41) beat Malaysia246 for 8 (Alagaratham 70, Arudin 35; Reddy 3 for 39) by 11 runs

Over 500 runs were scored in an entertaining game at the Colts Ground. Singapore batted first after Malaysia won the toss and bowled. Buddhika Mendis (80) was in a typically aggressive mood as Singapore built a series of healthy partnerships to reach 200 for 3. Although wickets continued to fall steadily, Singapore eventually finished on 257 for 8, with Chaminda Ruwan (55) the other significant contributor.

Malaysia responded to the challenge enthusiastically, although at 112 for 4, they seemed in some difficulty. Captain Suhan Alagaratnam smashed 70 before useful cameos from H Khan (22), Eszrafiq Azis (28), Anwar Arudin (35) and Shukri Rahim (22 not out) edged the Malaysians within striking distance. Narendra Reddy was Singapore's main wicket-taker, returning 3 for 39 from 10 overs.

The four countries will next take part in a Twenty20 tournament.