(Sports Page) – The home side were in blistering form as they took on Papua New Guinea in the final Plate quarter-final.
Shaqkere Parris and Matthew Nandu combined at the top of the order to add 155 runs before the first wicket fell, Parris caught behind off the bowling off Rasan Kevau.
Nandu kept scoring alongside Teddy Bishop before he had to go – playing and missing a good ball from Patrick Nou.
Captain Nandu would eventually bring up his hundred on the final ball of the 42nd over, sweeping for four to earn his first century of the tournament, the landmark coming from 112 balls.
Alongside Kevin Wickham, Nandu kept pushing the Windies’ total higher reaching 128 before a late fight back by Boio Ray.
Nandu was the first of Ray’s victims as he claimed three wickets in the penultimate over, the West Indies eventually ended with an imposing 317 for six.
Ray could not add to his heroics as he was bowled first ball by Nathan Edward and was soon joined in the dugout by Peter Karoho and captain Barnabas Maha as PNG slipped to 56 for three.
Opener Christopher Kilapat then looked to dig in but was eventually out having scored just five from 46 balls.
Not content with top scoring with the bat, Nandu then took two wickets in two balls as Papua New Guinea’s hopes of a win grew slimmer.
Aue Oru reached 27 not out to be Papua New Guinea’s top scorer but his 52-ball innings was in vain as Rasan Kevau was run out on seven to see his side fall 169 runs short of their target.
Summarized scores: West Indies 317 for 7 in 50 overs: Matthew Nandu 128; Shaqkere Parris 64; Kevin Wickham 61*
Boio Ray 3 for 43; Barnabas Maha 2 for 47
Papua New Guinea 148 all out in 37.4 overs: Aue Oru 27*; Peter Karoho 21
Clarke, Thorne and Nandu 2 wickets each
West Indies won by 169 runs