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Papua New Guinea women's national cricket team

Papua New Guinea
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Cricket PNG logo
Nickname(s)Lewas
AssociationCricket PNG
Personnel
CaptainBrenda Tau
CoachKath Hempenstall
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (1973)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
WT20I 12th 11th (3 Oct 2023)
Women's international cricket
First internationalv.  Japan at Port Moresby; 12 September 2006
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODIv  Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare; 24 March 2024
Last WODIv  Scotland at ICC Academy Ground, Dubai; 12 April 2024
WODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 5 1/4
(0 ties, 0 no results)
This year[3] 5 1/4
(0 ties, 0 no results)
Women's World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2008)
Best result7th (2008)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv.  Bangladesh at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen; 7 July 2018
Last WT20Iv.  Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare; 2 April 2024
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 51 36/13
(1 tie, 1 no result)
This year[5] 7 4/2
(1 tie, 0 no results)
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances3 (first in 2015)
Best result4th (2018, 2019)
As of 12 April 2024

The Papua New Guinea women's national cricket team, nicknamed the Lewas, represents the country of Papua New Guinea in international women's cricket. The team is organised by Cricket PNG, an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Papua New Guinea has been the leading women's associate team in the ICC East Asia-Pacific (EAP) since its international debut in 2006. It has represented EAP at the 50-Over World Cup Qualifier and T20 World Cup Qualifier on a number of occasions, making the semi-finals of the 2018 and 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifiers. It was awarded One Day International (ODI) status in 2022.

History

Papua New Guinea made its international debut in September 2006, playing a three-match series against Japan to determine which team would represent the ICC East Asia-Pacific (EAP) region at the 2008 World Cup Qualifier.[6] Papua New Guinea won the series against Japan three–nil, but at the World Cup Qualifier won only two matches, both against Bermuda.[7]

The team failed to qualify for either the 2011 World Cup Qualifier or the 2013 World Twenty20 Qualifier, with Japan representing the EAP region on both occasions.[8]

At the 2015 Pacific Games, which Papua New Guinea hosted, a women's cricket event was included for the first time. The team narrowly lost to Samoa in the final, having been undefeated up to that point.[6] Later in the year, Papua New Guinea participated at its second global tournament, the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier, placing fifth out of eight teams.[8]

In April 2018, the ICC granted full Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Papua New Guinea women and other international sides since 1 July 2018 are eligible for WT20I status.[9]

The team played its first WT20I match against Bangladesh on 7 July 2018 at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen in Netherlands in the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier.

In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.[10] Papua New Guinea were named in the 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier regional group, alongside seven other teams.[11] However, in August 2021, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tournament had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[12] and due to their ranking, Papua New Guinea qualified for the global qualifier held in 2022.

In October 2021, it was reported that Australian Kath Hempenstall had been appointed head coach of the Lewas in preparation for the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, and it was expected that Hempenstall would meet the team in person for the first time there.[13] However, on 8 November 2021, Papua New Guinea announced that they had been forced to withdraw due to several players recording positive tests for COVID-19.[14]

In May 2022, the ICC announced Papua New Guinea as one of five women's sides to gain Women's One Day International (ODI) status.[15][16]

The team played its first WODI match against Zimbabwe on 24 March 2024 at the Harare Sports Club, Harare during their tour of Zimbabwe.

Current squad

This lists all the players who were named in the most recent squad. Updated on 9 October 2022.

Uncapped players are listed in italics.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
Tanya Ruma 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium Vice-captain
Naoani Vare 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Melanie Ani 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
Sibona Jimmy 31 Left-handed Right-arm off break
Kaia Arua 33 Right-handed Slow left-arm unorthodox Captain
Pauke Siaka 37 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keeper
Brenda Tau 25 Left-handed
Kevau Frank 23 Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Vicky Araa 27 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Henao Thomas 22 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Pace Bowlers
Isabel Toua 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Hollan Doriga 20 Left-handed Right-arm medium
Ravina Oa 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mairi Tom 37 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Geua Tom 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium

Tournament history

Women's T20I Pacific Cup

ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier

Pacific Games

Records and statistics

International Match Summary — Papua New Guinea Women[17][18]

Last updated 12 April 2024

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
One-Day Internationals 5 1 4 0 0 24 March 2024
Twenty20 Internationals 51 36 13 1 1 7 July 2018

One-Day Internationals

ODI record versus other nations[17]

Records complete to WODI #1377. Last updated 12 April 2024.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
ICC Full Members
 Zimbabwe 3 0 3 0 0 24 March 2024
ICC Associate members
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0 12 April 2024
 United States 1 1 0 0 0 11 April 2024 11 April 2024

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[18]

Records complete to WT20I #1819. Last updated 2 April 2024.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
ICC Full members
 Bangladesh 2 0 2 0 0 7 July 2018
 Ireland 2 0 2 0 0 12 July 2018
 Zimbabwe 4 0 3 1 0 18 September 2022
ICC Associate members
 Cook Islands 2 2 0 0 0 2 September 2023 2 September 2023
 Fiji 8 8 0 0 0 7 May 2019 7 May 2019
 Indonesia 2 2 0 0 0 6 May 2019 6 May 2019
 Japan 2 2 0 0 0 9 May 2019 9 May 2019
 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 10 July 2018 10 July 2018
 Samoa 10 8 2 0 0 10 May 2019 10 May 2019
 Scotland 3 2 1 0 0 14 July 2018 1 September 2019
 Thailand 2 0 2 0 0 5 September 2019
 United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 0 8 July 2018 8 July 2018
 United States 2 2 0 0 0 3 September 2019 3 September 2019
 Vanuatu 9 7 1 0 1 6 May 2019 6 May 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "WODI matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "WODI matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "WT20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ "WT20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  6. ^ a b Other women's matches played by Papua New Guinea women Archived 19 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  7. ^ Women's List A matches played by Papua New Guinea women Archived 19 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b Women's Twenty20 matches played by Papua New Guinea women – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  9. ^ "All T20I matches to get international status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Qualification for ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  11. ^ "ICC announce qualification process for 2023 Women's T20 World Cup". The Cricketer. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  12. ^ "ICC Confirm Cancellation of EAP Tournaments in 2021". Japan Cricket Association. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  13. ^ "PNG Lewas' New Head Coach Brings Experience and Optimism". PNG Haus Bung. 8 October 2021.
  14. ^ "PNG forced to withdraw from ODI World Cup qualifiers after several players test positive for Covid-19". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Two new teams in next edition of ICC Women's Championship". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  16. ^ "ICC awards ODI status to five Associate Women's Teams". Emerging Cricket. 25 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  17. ^ a b "Records / Papua New Guinea Women / One-Day Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo.
  18. ^ a b "Records / Papua New Guinea Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo.
  19. ^ "Records / Papua New Guinea Women / Women's One-Day Internationals / Highest totals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  20. ^ "Records / Papua New Guinea Women / Women's One-Day Internationals / Top Scores". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  21. ^ "Records / Papua New Guinea Women / Women's One-Day Internationals / Best Bowling figures". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  22. ^ "Records / PNG Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Records / PNG Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / High Scores". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Records / PNG Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Best Bowling figures". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Records / PNG Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo.
  26. ^ "Records / PNG Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo.

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