Papua New Guinea showed why they are favourites to win the East Asia Pacific Trophy after two big wins over Indonesia and the Philippines today in Lismore, New South Wales.

Batting first in their morning match against Indonesia, PNG started with Assad Vala and Lega Siaka putting on 119 for the opening wicket before Vala was out having scored 70 from just 33 balls. Siaka stayed in to reach 71 from 44 balls before he was out from the first ball of the 15th over with the score on 173.

The last six overs saw PNG take their total to 255-4, with Vani Morea scoring 40 from 18 balls and Mahuru Dai scoring 30 from 13. Indonesia did manage to bat out their overs in reply, but only scored 62-9 and lost by 93 runs. Mahruru Dai took three wickets for just two runs in his four overs.

Vanuatu, who also won twice on the opening day, took on Fiji in their morning match, with Fiji putting Vanuatu into bat after winning the toss. Vanuatu captain Andrew Mansale top scored for his team with 42 as they scored 128-9 from their 20 overs. Simpson Obed then took 3-20 as Fiji were bowled out for 93 to lose by 35 runs.

Samoa, the other team unbeaten after the first day, batted first after winning the toss against the Cook Islands in their morning match. They lost both openers cheaply but recovered to post 203-4 from their 20 overs, with captain Ben Mailata scoring 89 from 51 balls. Maletino Maiava and Pasi Kaisa then did the damage with the ball, both taking three wickets as the Cooks were bowled out for 115, losing by 88 runs.

The other match of the morning saw the Philippines record their first tournament win. They restricted Japan to 102-9 from their 20 overs and then knocked off the required runs in 14.4 overs to win by 6 wickets.

It was a different story for the Philippines in the afternoon though as they came up against a rampant Papua New Guinea side. Put into bat, PNG racked up 202-7 from their 20 overs - impressive on any other day, but not as much on a day when they'd also scored 255.

Papua New Guinea then tore through the Philippines batting line-up, bowling them out for just 30 to win by 172 runs. Five Philippine batsmen were out for ducks - three of them first ball. Willie Gavera was the chief destroyer, taking 6-10 from his four overs.

In an afternoon match between two unbeaten sides, Vanuatu took on Samoa at the Gloria Mortimer Oval. Vanuatu batted first after winning the toss, and Jonathon Dunn scored 61 from 48 balls as they reached 158-7 from their 20 overs. Nalin Nipiko was the next highest scorer with 38.

Samoa got very close in reply, led by Pritchard Pritchard's 47 from 26 balls. They got themselves into a position where they should have won from, needing 18 from the last three overs. But Jonathon Dunn bowled a double wicket maiden for the 18th over, swinging the game back Vanuatu's way.

Six runs were taken from the 19th over, before Patrick Matautaava took 2 wickets for just one run in the final over to secure the 10 run win for Vanuatu, who look to be heading towards a final day showdown with Papua New Guinea for the title.

Indonesia picked up their first tournament win in their afternoon game against the Cook Islands, who are the only team so far without a win. Batting first, Indonesia scored 138-5 from their 20 overs, Viraj Bhammar top scoring with 45. From 90-6, the Cook Islands very nearly pulled off a win. Needing 16 from the final over, they were only able to manage 12 and lost by three runs.

The other match of the afternoon saw Fiji batting first against Japan after losing the toss. Maciu Gauna top scored for them with 38 as they reached 161-9 from their 20 overs. Japan were then bowled out for 79 to lose by 82 runs, Riyad Khan and Viliame Yabaki both taking three wickets.

There will be a rest day tomorrow before the tournament resumes on Saturday.


Papua New Guinea beat Indonesia by 93 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Papua New Guinea 255-4 (20 overs, L Siaka 71, A Vala 70, V Morea 40)
Indonesia 62-9 (20 overs, M Dai 3-2)

Vanuatu beat Fiji by 35 runs
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Vanuatu 128-9 (20 overs, A Mansale 42)
Fiji 93 (18.3 overs, J Smith 49, S Obed 3-20)

Samoa beat Cook Islands by 88 runs
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Samoa 203-4 (20 overs, B Mailata 89)
Cook Islands 115 (19.2 overs, P Kaisa 3-11, M Maiava 3-17)

Philippines beat Japan by 6 wickets
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Japan 102-9 (20 overs, T Ota 40)
Philippines 106-4 (14.4 overs)

Papua New Guinea beat Philippines by 172 runs
Heaps Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Papua New Guinea 202-7 (20 overs, A Vala 40, M Dai 35, R Thakur 3-33)
Philippines 30 (10.1 overs, W Gavera 6-10)

Vanuatu beat Samoa by 10 runs
Gloria Mortimer Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Vanuatu 158-7 (20 overs, J Dunn 61, N Nipiko 38, T Alatasi 3-25)
Samoa 148-9 (20 overs, P Pritchard 47, P Matautaava 3-10)

Indonesia beat Cook Islands by 3 runs
Blair Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Indonesia 138-5 (20 overs, V Bhammar 45, B Burgess 41)
Cook Islands 135-6 (20 overs, M Emile 35, D 3-15)

Fiji beat Japan by 82 runs
Oakes Oval, Lismore, 20 November
Fiji 161-9 (20 overs, M Gauna 38, C Rodrigo 3-21)
Japan 79 (18 overs, R Khan 3-11, V Yabaki 3-18)