“Papua New Guinea Makes History in UAE as Former Teammate Bids Farewell”

Papua New Guinea has achieved another milestone by securing their first-ever win in a women’s ODI during their tour in Dubai. The Lewas clinched a convincing six-wicket victory over the USA in the opening match of an ODI tri-series, which also features Scotland. This triumph follows their historic Women’s T20I victory against Zimbabwe in Harare just two weeks ago.

In the match against the USA, Isabel Toua was the standout performer, earning the Player of the Match award for her impressive bowling figures of 4/38 in 10 overs. She received valuable support from Henao Thomas (2/33 in 10 overs) and one-wicket contributions from Sibona Jimmy, Vicky Araa, and Geua Tom.

With the bat, Tanya Ruma showcased her experience and skill, anchoring the chase with an unbeaten 80 off 93 deliveries to guide Papua New Guinea to victory in the 37th over.

While the Lewas celebrated their historic win in Dubai, a somber mood prevailed in Port Moresby as former women’s international cricketer Kaia Arua was bid farewell with a memorial service at Amini Park. Arua, a legend in Papua New Guinea cricket, passed away in the capital city last week.

During the service, tributes poured in from former PNG men’s international Mahuru Dai, Cricket PNG CEO Richard Done, and hundreds of fans. Arua, who captained Papua New Guinea in 39 T20Is and played a pivotal role in securing Women’s ODI status for her country, was remembered for her significant contributions to the sport.

As the leading wicket-taker in Women’s T20Is for Papua New Guinea, Arua’s legacy continues to inspire future generations of cricketers in the country. Her dedication and leadership have left an indelible mark on the cricketing community in Papua New Guinea.

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