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Willis powers Aussie U19s to victory

UPDATED 06 July, 2013 7:06PM AEST | by Cricket Australia

Australia 6/256 (50 overs) defeated Papua New Guinea 112 (39 overs) by 144 runs

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A dominating century from U19 Australian batsman Sean Willis carried Australia to an easy 144-run victory in their exhibition match against the U19 Papua New Guinea team at Gardens Oval in Darwin today.

After a dramatic batting collapse in Tuesday’s loss to India, Australia wouldn’t have been happy with their start this morning. A number of mistimed drives and forward defences from Australia’s top order had them sitting on a sketchy 4/71 at one stage.

Enter Sean Willis, who, in an ominous omen for the PNG bowlers, cut the first ball he faced for a well-timed four. It was the first of many boundaries for the powerful Willis in his brilliant 110 not out (from 75 deliveries, including 12x4s and 6x6s) as Australia stormed home to finish at 6/256.

PNG bowler Kabua Vagi Morea ended with a fine 3/27 from his 10 overs.

In reply, PNG were cautious in their run chase. Openers Kiplin Doriga and Anthony Vare never looked settled and were dismissed in consecutive balls by Matt Kelly. While Kelly couldn’t convert the hat-trick opportunity, he ended with match-best figures of 4/18.

Wickets fell steadily through PNG’s innings, with Riley Ayre (2/22) and Matt Short (2/4) picking up two each, and singles to Gabe Bell (1/26) and Damien Mortimer (1/5).

The results of this friendly match have no bearing on the current standings for the U19 International Series and was PNG’s last exhibition match as part of the U19 International Series. They now look ahead to their qualification tournament later this month on the Sunshine Coast for next year’s U19 ICC Cricket World Cup.

In today’s other Round 3 match, India have staked their claim as the U19 team to beat this series. They easily took account of New Zealand by 165 runs at Marrara Oval after making 6/276 and then bowling the Kiwis out for 111.

Round 4 will get underway on Saturday 6 July with Australia set to play New Zealand at Marrara Oval, while India has a bye.

U19 International Series match reports, results and points table can be found here

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 04 July, 2013 5:56PM AEST

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