Schedule update Monday 20 June

Due to a flight delay for the Junior Lewas, the opening game scheduled for Monday 20 June has been canceled. The opening game of the tour will be held Tuesday 21 June at DXC Arena from 5:30pm. 

 

NT team to play against the Junior Lewas

Owen Ferguson

Josh Cooper

Max Wilson

Ralph Stephens

Dhruv Shandilya

Tye Beer

Mikayla Johnson

Vishali Bimbral

Zita Varatharajan

Tahli Williams

Teaghan Coutts

Olivia Pilkington

Sam Menzies

Deepanshu Panwar

 

 

The Papua New Guinea Junior and Senior Lewas will travel to Darwin in late June and early July respectively for training camps.

 

NT Cricket welcome the Junior Lewas (female under 19 Papua New Guinea team) on their first ever international tour, with a training camp in Darwin scheduled for 19 - 27 June, before traveling to Bali to play in a T20 World Cup Qualifier against Indonesia in early July. 

 

The Junior Lewas will play a series of T20 matches against a Northern Territory side aiding in their preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers.

 

The majority of the Junior Lewas have never travelled outside of PNG, and are all looking forward to experiencing everything that comes with international tours, including different playing conditions, learning about different cultures and building a greater connection with their teammates.

 

The Lewas (PNG senior women’s team) will also be touring Darwin for a training camp in July in preparation of their T20 World Cup Qualifiers in September, to be held in Dubai. The Lewas had a tour to Australia earlier in the year, playing a series of games in Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga.

 

The Darwin tour for the Lewas will provide a great opportunity to play in day/night fixture, which not many of the players have previously experienced.

 

The Lewas will play an NT Women’s team in a three match T20 series at DXC Arena, from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 of July followed by two T20 games against the NT Cricket Academy on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 July.

 

Expressions of interest are now open for women who would like to play and coach in the three match T20 series, see here for further details.

 

PNG Lewas coach Kath Hempenstall said both teams are excited to travel to Darwin, especially as it will be the first time to the Top End for many of the players.

 

“The Lewas are looking forward to playing some cricket in their favoured warm conditions, as well as experiencing everything that the Darwin community has to offer.”

 

“The Junior Lewas have been training together as a squad since April, with some of the girls relocating to Port Moresby to take up the opportunity to be train within our High Performance Program.

 

“If our under 19s are able to beat Indonesia in a 3-match T20 series, then we will qualify for the Under 19 T20 World Cup to be played in South Africa in January 2023, and the preparation time in Darwin will be invaluable to give us the best chance at being successful,” said Hempenstall.

 

NT Cricket Pathways Manager Megan White said having the junior and senior Lewas in Darwin will provide a great opportunity for female players to play against an international team.

 

“For female cricketers across the Territory this is a wonderful opportunity to see first hand what it’s like to play at the next level.

 

“It is the perfect time of year for cricket in the Top End, and it’s pleasing to see PNG taking advantage of our facilities and conditions to prepare for their World Cup qualifiers.

 

“I encouraged all female cricketers who are interested in playing or coaching to nominate,” said White.