Mahuru is best batsman

Caption: Photos: Hebou PNG U19 Garamuts with Trophy (Left) and Igo Mahuru receiving Best Batsman Award (Right)

The HEBOU PNG Under 19 (U19) Garamuts’ opening batsman, Igo Mahuru was awarded the Best Batsman of the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup (CWC) East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier at the closing function in Apia, Samoa.

Mahuru was leading the run-scoring tally for the tournament, hitting 170 runs at an average of 42.50 playing in all five (5) of the PNG U19 Garamuts matches, while his teammates Nou Reva (124 runs) and captain Vagi Karaho (98 runs) were in second and third place in the leading run-scorers tally.

Jack Chambers from Fiji won the Best Bowler of the Tournament after taking 15 wickets in the six (6) matches that Fiji played. Ovia Sam was the best of the PNG U19 Garamuts’ bowlers finishing in third place with 11 wickets.

Chambers also won the Player of the Tournament Award after claiming two Man of the Match Awards in Fiji’s campaign.

The PNG U19 Garamuts were also presented the 2018 ICC U19 CWC EAP Qualifier Trophy after remaining undefeated in the entire tournament as well as earning the right to play in the 2018 ICC U19 CWC in New Zealand.

“We are very proud of what we achieved here in Samoa and we are all very excited at the prospect of playing in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand next year,” said a delighted PNG U19 Garamuts’ captain, Vagi Karaho.

“We must also like to thank the ICC and Samoa International Cricket Association (SICA) for hosting this tournament, along with the other teams who competed very hard. Finally I must acknowledge my team-mates and the support staff who worked very hard to make this happen. Well done.”

The PNG Under 19 Garamuts have now qualified for their eighth (8th) ICC U19 CWC in New Zealand next year, after qualifying for the ICC Under CWC in 1998 (South Africa), 2002 (New Zealand), 2004 (Nepal), 2008 (Malaysia), 2010 (New Zealand), 2012 (Australia) and 2014 (UAE). The 2018 ICC Under 19 CWC which will be held in New Zealand from the 12thJanuary to the 4th February, 2018.

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