Lewas won by seven wickets with 8 balls remaining in the final play off at Bangkok.China won the toss and elected to bat making only 94 runs from their 20 overs and seven wickets to spare.Ravini Oa and Sibona Jimmy were outstanding bowlers for PNG each taking a wicket.Lewas vice-captain Tanya Ruma was awarded Player of the Match after taking PNG home not out on 37 runs off 39 balls.Varoi Morea made the second highest runs of 30 out of 41 balls.Pauke Siaka made 11 runs off 16 balls, Captain Norma Ovasuru was not out for 5 runs off 5 balls and Kari Seura was run out after making 5 runs off 13 balls.Eight countries participated in the qualifiers. PNG finished fifth behind Zimbabwe, Scotland, Bangladesh and Ireland. Ireland and Bangladesh had both qualified for the Women’s World T20, and will join eight other countries in the tournament in India in 2016.
Each player has scored five goals overall in the tournament but unfortunately for both players, their teams, Brazil and Sweden, have bowed out of the tournament.Japan, Korea DPR, the United States and France are the top four teams through to the semifinals.Blackstenius was the first to score five goals, four against home side Papua New Guinea and one goal against Brazil in the group round matches.Brazil midfielder Gabi Nunes scored her fifth goal of the tournament against Japan in the quarterfinal to level with Blackstenius.Gabi Nunes scored her first two goals against PNG, one goal each against Korea DPR, Sweden and Japan.Forwards Mami Ueno of Japan and Kim So-hyang of Korea DPR follow behind with four goals each.Ueno and So-hyang will be hoping to catch up with the two top scorers, having chances in the upcoming semifinals.Coming in at third place with three goals each are Brena of Brazil, Stefanie Sanders of Germany, Yuka Momiki of Japan, Kiana Palacios of Mexico, Ri Hyang-sim of Korea DPR and Spain’s Lucía García.Players with two goals each and still active in the competition are Delphine Cascarino and Clara Mateo of France, Yui Hasegawa and Shiho Matsubara of Japan, Ju Hyo-sim of Korea DPR and USA’s Mallory Pugh and Ally Watt.Players with one goal each include PNG’s forward Nicollete Ageva.Those still active in the tournament include Japan’s Honoka Hayashi, Miyabi Moriya and Hina Sugita, France’s Marie-Charlotte Léger, USA’s Kelcie Hedge and Ashley Sanchez, and Sung Hyang-sim and U Sol-gyong of Korea DPR.
Even with the series beyond them and Ashes already returned to Australia, England will be desperate to back up an encouraging performance in Melbourne and secure a consolation victory in the fifth and final Test in Sydney this week.Avoiding a whitewash may not be much to crow about but Joe Root’s party must take a modicum of pride in apparently not disintegrating as the 2013-14 tourists did, an impression which a taste of victory in the Harbour City would confirm.Given the fierce nature of the rivalry, though, Australia will be looking to ruthlessly drive home their advantage with a big win in front of a big crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which is sold out for the first three days.Australia captain Steve Smith’s magnificent century helped save a draw in the Boxing Day Test and the hosts are confident he will recover from the stiff back that prevented him from training on Tuesday in time for Thursday’s toss.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who missed the fourth Test with a bruised heel, did bowl in the nets and should return to terrorise the English batsmen as he did with his 19 wickets in the first three Test victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.In his absence, Alastair Cook’s double century and the bowling of the experienced seam duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson gave England the sniff of a win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground only for the weather and Smith to deny them.“If we’d won the game, then you’d maybe say there’d be more questions posed to Australia,” opening batsman Mark Stoneman told reporters.“It’s given us a lot of confidence moving forward that the things we tried to put in place earlier in the series have come through to a certain degree, but ultimately we want to win a game of cricket on this tour.”The SCG traditionally offers some turn and with slow-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali out of form, leg-spinner Mason Crane looks set to become the third Englishman to make his Test debut in the series.Australia drafted left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar into their squad to give them an option of a twin spin attack with Nathan Lyon but the more likely change to the side will be the return of pace spearhead Starc for Jackson Bird.“I know he’s pretty confident he’s going to play,” fellow quick Pat Cummins said of Starc on Tuesday.“I haven’t spoken to him but it looked like he was bowling quick, running around and wasn’t limping.”
Last season’s FA Cup runners-up Chelsea struck four times before the break to crush second-tier Hull City 4-0 and stroll into the quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Friday.Willian bagged two and Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for the club since joining from London rivals Arsenal, while Pedro was also on target for Antonio Conte’s dominant side.The night’s other fifth round tie saw Leicester City also in action against Championship opposition but having to work far harder for a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield United.Jamie Vardy struck the only goal after 66 minutes – the fifth game in a row in all competitions he has been on target.Leicester held on to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012 when they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea — the last time the west London club won the Cup.There are four more ties on Saturday when 12-times winners Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town while another all-top-flight clash sees West Bromwich Albion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.Third-tier Rochdale host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and on Monday runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City face third-tier Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 final surprisingly won by the Latics.CONFIDENT CHELSEAWillian needed only two minutes to give Chelsea the lead against Hull, curling the ball in with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.Cesc Fabregas sent Pedro away to make it 2-0 after 27 minutes and Willian then used his right foot to devastating effect to skim a low shot past keeper David Marshall.French international Giroud clipped in a neat finish from Emerson’s cut back to make the second half academic.With an eye on Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Barcelona, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the second half.“It was great for us. The most important thing is that we are in the next round. Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona,” Conte, who rested Eden Hazard, said.“You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. Our start was impressive. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. I’m really pleased with the commitment of my players.”After the Barca game, Chelsea face Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and Conte said the confidence was back after a sticky patch.“Now we have the right confidence again. But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong –Barcelona, United and City. We are ready,” he said.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both ready to start for Wales in their decisive Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday, manager Ryan Giggs has said.Real Madrid forward Bale featured for an hour in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Saturday after spending a month on the sidelines with a calf problem.The 30-year-old was replaced by Ramsey, who has struggled with niggling injuries in recent months and made just eight appearances for Juventus this season.“The lads who go minutes needed minutes. It’s a bit of a balancing act, the players I know who can’t play 90 minutes – that will obviously influence the selection,” Giggs told a news conference on Monday.“Gareth and Aaron were in that scenario. They are both ready to start.”The win in Azerbaijan along with Croatia’s victory over Slovakia in Group E means Wales can secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020 by beating Hungary in Cardiff.“We needed favours and we got those favours, now it is time for us to capitalise, it’s in our hands,” Giggs said. “It’s a great, exciting challenge for us but we need to finish the job – it will be a very, very difficult game.”Bale played an influential role as Wales stormed to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France, eclipsing their previous best run to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup.However, injury kept him out of the defeat by the Republic of Ireland that ended Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes.“I think we can use both of (the experiences) to our advantage,” Bale said.“We have got the kind of euphoria of qualifying for our first Euros and doing so well at the competition that we really want to do that again.“We can see how we don’t want to feel after the game. We know prior to this game we can push and push not to feel like that again, because it’s not a feeling you want in the dressing room after the game.”
If the La Liga season is cut short or abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic, the four teams on top of the most recent completed round of standings will qualify for next season’s Champions League, the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) said.With all teams having played 27 matches before the RFEF suspended play on March 12 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad are the four teams that will go through to Europe’s premier club competition if no more action is possible this season.“The RFEF wants to have done its homework in case, in the event of a suspension of competitions, it receives the request from UEFA regarding the Spanish clubs that would have access to European competitions next season,” RFEF general secretary Andreu Camps said in a statement on Thursday.“Thus… it has been agreed in the RFEF Delegate Commission to make a plan in order to give certainty in an extreme scenario, such as not being able to finish the competitions, so that all the clubs know the new scenario they are facing.”After the last round of games were completed on March 10, Barcelona topped La Liga with 58 points, two ahead of Real Madrid. Sevilla are third on 47, with Real Sociedad a point further back in fourth.The teams in fifth and sixth place – which are currently Getafe and Atletico Madrid – will also qualify for the Europa League.The result of the Copa Del Rey final, if that is contested, could impact which team grabs the final Europa League spot.With Copa Del Rey finalists Real Sociedad already in the top four, their opponents Athletic Bilbao (10th in the league) are in pole position for the third Europa League spot unless they have climbed into the top six by the time the final league standings are decided.Should that occur, the final Europa League spot will go to the seventh-placed team in La Liga.