2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Garamuts thumped in world cup opener

After a rain delayed start, Zimbabwe won the toss electing to field first at Lincoln No.3, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Garamuts openers, Simon Atai (14) and Igo Mahuru (26), steadied along to put on 41 runs for the first wicket.

The Garamuts were dealt another blow losing captain Vagi Karaho who managed one run before being given out leg before wicket off the bowling of Wesley Madhevere.

Ovia Sam (24*) and Sinaka Arua (18) tried to get things going again.

PNG Garamuts to play Zimbabwe tomorrow

The Pool B match will get underway at Lincoln No.3, Christchurch, starting at 10:30am (7:30am PNG time).

The next two matches will see the Garamuts play India on Tuesday, January 16, and Australia on Friday, January 19.

The Hebou PNG Garamuts:

Vagi Karaho (captain); Daure Aiga; Heagi Toua; Ovia Sam; Sinaka Arua; Igo Mahuru; Nou Rarua; James Tau; Leke Morea; Boge Arua; Kevau Tau; Simon Atai (wicketkeeper); Eisa Eka; Sema Kamea and Tau Nou. Kila Pala (coach).

Garamuts to play warm up matches

The first is tomorrow with the Garamuts to face the West Indies. Wednesday is their second warm up match against hosts New Zealand.

The World Cup will run from January 13-Febuary 3. The Garamuts’ first match of the World Cup will be against Zimbabwe on January 13.

This will be the Garamuts’ eighth appearance at an U19 Cricket World Cup, having already played in 1998 (South Africa), 2002 (New Zealand), 2004 (Nepal), 2008 (Malaysia), 2010 (New Zealand), 2012 (Australia) and 2014 (UAE).

PNG grouped with powerhouses

Pool A: Kenya, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa.

Pool B: India, Australia, PNG, Zimbabwe

Pool C: Bangladesh, Canada, England, Namibia

Pool D: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ireland.

The Garamuts left for New Zealand this morning. This will be their eighth appearance at an ICC U19 World Cup.

This year’s World Cup will feature sixteen teams - 10 Full Members and 6 Associate Members, with all teams divided into four pools.