Scotland still winless after high-scoring draw

Papua New Guinea 404 (Vanua 64, Soper 60, Sharif 4-94) and 263 for 3 (Siaka 83, Ura 75, Vala 61*) drew with Scotland 514 (Berrington 129, Watt 81, Dai 3-91)

Scotland remained the only team without a win in the Intercontinental Cup after a high-scoring draw against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. Scotland are still fifth on the table, three points above sixth-placed PNG. Richie Berrington's patient 129, off 297 balls, gave Scotland a chance to win their first game after they took a handy 110-run first-innings lead.

However, quick half-centuries from Lega Siaka (83 off 135 balls), Tony Ura (75 off 112) and Assad Vala (61 off 92) in the second innings ensured the game petered out into a draw.

After electing to bat, PNG posted 404 on the back of top-order contributions from Vani Morea (53) and Siaka (48), and lower-order fifties from Chad Soper (60) and Norman Vanua (64). Fast bowler Safyaan Sharif returned 4 for 94.

Scotland were reduced to 223 for 5 in their reply but three consecutive fifty-plus partnerships carried them to a position of strength. Berrington added 91 for the sixth wicket with Michael Leask (58), 52 with Sharif (25) for the seventh, and 61 with Mark Watt (81) for the eighth.

P.N.G. 3rd innings Partnerships

1st28TP UraVV Morea
2nd126TP UraL Siaka
3rd36A ValaL Siaka
4th73A ValaS Bau