Papua New Guinea 404 (116.3 overs) Vanua 64, Soper 60, Sharif 4/94, Leask 2/40, lead Scotland 189/4 (63 overs) Munsey 53, MacLeod 49 by 215 runs [Scorecard]
Papua New Guinea made Scotland work hard for their final three wickets on day 2 of the Intercontinental Cup match at Amini Park on Monday.
Jack Vare (42), Chad Soper and Norman Vanua (64) frustrated the Scottish bowlers as they helped push the score up to 404 before Leask claimed the final wicket of Damien Ravu (32) with the score on 404.
On another scorching hot day Scotland’s reply got off to a solid start with George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer (24) adding 64 for the first wicket.
Munsey fell just after reaching his half-century and Calum MacLeod came one run short of the same milestone when he was LBW to Mahuru Dai.
Matthew Cross fell for 10 before the close of play as Wallace (12*) and Berrington (29*) took Scotland to within 215 runs short of PNG’s first innings score.
At the end of Day 2 bowler Safyaan Sharif said, “We didn’t manage to get many chances he second day and they batted well.
We’ll try and bat all day tomorrow and we’ll look to get a lead and make it hard for them. We’re hoping for a few big partnerships tomorrow and then kick on from there.
We’ll learn from our mistakes today in the field, the conditions are great for batting out there so hopefully we can bat for most of the day tomorrow and put them under a bit of pressure in the second innings.”