After a rest day on Friday, the East Asia-Pacific Women's Trophy resumed in Sano, Japan today with Papua New Guinea and Japan securing their place in Sunday's final.

The two sides met in their final round robin stage game this morning, with Japan batting first after winning the toss. After losing two wickets in their first two overs, Japan's third wicket pair of Ema Kuribayashi and captain Shizuka Miyaji put on 48 before Miyaji was out for 29.

Kuribayashi went on to score 42 before she was out, and Japan scored 108-7 from their 20 overs. Tanya Ruma was the pick of the PNG bowlers with 3-25.

Definitely a chaseable target for the visiting side, and at 62-2 in the 14th over, they looked to be on the way to a win that would put them in the final. But they lost their next four wickets for 16 runs, putting them well on the back foot. Miho Kanno was the main culprit, taking 3-9 from two overs.

They still got close to their target, thanks to an unbeaten 37 from Tanya Ruma, but they fell agonisingly short, reaching 105-6 to lose by just three runs. The win put Japan into the final, but Papua New Guinea would have another chance in the afternoon by playing a semi-final against third place Samoa.

The other tournament match in the morning saw Vanuatu play the Cook Islands in a "dead rubber" contest. After scoring 103-7 from their 20 overs, Vanuatu managed to successfully defend that by restricting the Cook Islands to 95-5 to win by 8 runs.

In the semi-final, Samoa won the toss and put Papua New Guinea into bat. The PNG side started well with the opening partnership of Mebo Ipi and Simona Jimmy putting on 43 and then Ipi putting on 29 for the second wicket with Tanya Ruma.

The rest of the batting line-up didn't fair as well, but Papua New Guinea still recorded what, in the context of the tournament so far, was a competitive total of 117-7.

In reply, only two Samoa players were able to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 80. Pipi Siaka was the pick of the bowlers with 3-14 as Samoa lost by 37 runs.

The other match in the afternoon saw the Cook Islands get a rematch against Vanuatu in a match to decide who would play in tomorrow's third place play-off. After being put into bat, Vanuatu were bowled out for 73 in 12.3 overs, with Tekura and Marii Kaukura both taking three wickets.

Tekura Kaukura then completed a fine all round performance by scoring an unbeaten 49 from just 38 balls to take her team to a six wicket victory inside 14 overs.

Papua New Guinea will now take on Japan in Sunday afternoon's final, with the winners set to play in the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier. The Cook Islands will play Samoa in the third place play-off.


Japan beat Papua New Guinea by 3 runs
Tanuma High School, Sano, 10 May
Japan 108-7 (20 overs, E Kuribayashi 42, T Ruma 3-25)
Papua New Guinea 105-7 (20 overs, T Ruma 37*, M Kanno 3-9)

Vanuatu beat Cook Islands by 8 runs
Sano, 10 May
Vanuatu 103-7 (20 overs)
Cook Islands 95-5 (20 overs)

Papua New Guinea beat Samoa by 37 runs
Tanuma High School, Sano, 10 May
Papua New Guinea 117-7 (20 overs, M Ipi 37)
Samoa 80 (18 overs, P Siaka 3-14)

Cook Islands beat Samoa by 6 wickets
Sano, 10 May
Vanuatu 73 (12.3 overs,T Kaukura 3-16, M Kaukura 3-18)
Cook Islands 76-4 (13.2 overs, T Kaukura 49*)