Papua New Guinea have won their first East Asia-Pacific Trophy after beating hosts Japan in today's final.

Batting first, Papua New Guinea lost Sibona Jimmy early on in their innings, but avoided letting that poor start affect their innings too much. After sharing in a 37 run second wicket partnership for the third wicket with Pauke Siaka, Tanya Ruma put on an unbroken 45 for the fourth wicket with Varoi Morea.

Ruma finished the innings on 47 not out having led Papua New Guinea to a total of 113-3. It was a total similar to those that had been successfully defended in the tournament previously, but Japan would still have been confident of chasing it.

But that confidence would have taken quite the setback in the second over of their run chase when Veru Frank took three wickets in four balls to leave the home side reeling on 8-3. And with top batsman Ema Kuribayashi run out soon afterwards, they were really on the back foot.

Shizuka Kabota and Miho Kanno got the innings back on track with a 56 run partnership for the fifth wicket, but Kabota's dismissal for 25 saw the wheels come off. Etsuko Kobayashi was run out later in the over, and the wickets began to tumble.

Miho Kanno held on as long as she could, but she was eventually the last player to be dismissed, having scored 28, with Japan being bowled out for 102, losing by just 11 runs. The Papua New Guinea players began their celebrations, knowing that they'd qualified for their first Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Earlier in the day, Moelagi Tuilagi starred for Samoa in the third place play-off against the Cook Islands. She smashed 104 from 74 balls - with no sixes - to help take Samoa to a total of 198-2 form their 20 overs.

The Cook Islands had little hope of chasing that big target, and they were restricted to 88-7 from their 20 overs, Samoa winning by 110 runs. Matile Uliao was the pick of the Samoan bowlers with 4-15.


Japan lost to Papua New Guinea by 11 runs
Sano, 11 May
Papua New Guinea 113-3 (20 overs, T Ruma 47*)
Japan 102 (18.3 overs, V Frank 3-11)

Samoa beat Cook Islands by 110 runs
Sano, 11 May
Samoa 198-2 (20 overs, M Tuilagi 104, R Lili'i 45*)
Cook Islands 88-7 (20 overs, M Uliao 4-15)