Philippines cricket history made at ICC EAP match at Lismore
MIDDLE-order batsman Awais Mohd became part of history as the first batsman from the Philippines to score a half-century in an International Cricket Council match.
Not a bad effort considering at 41 years of age he is the oldest player competing in the ICC East-Asia Pacific Twenty20 competition in Lismore.
Mohd was unbeaten on 53 in a two-run loss against Samoa on the first day of the competition on Wednesday.
He backed it up scoring 30 not out against Japan in a six-wicket win at Heaps Oval yesterday.
Mohd is Indian and has spent the past five years playing cricket in the Philippines.
"We've got Filipinos, Indians and Pakistanis; we've got just about every nationality in the Commonwealth covered here," coach Iain Sinclair said.
- Oakes Oval: 10am, Samoa v Fiji and 2.30pm PNG V Samoa
- Heaps Oval: 10am Japan v PNG and 2.30pm Vanuatu v Japan
- Mortimer Oval: 10am Cook Islands v Philippines and 2.30pm Fiji v Philippines
- Blair Oval: 10am Indonesia v Vanuatu and 2.30pm Samoa v Indonesia
"In the Philippines we only actually have two grounds and 20 teams playing.
"We've had three players get to 48 so it was good to see someone get the 50."
Manoj Gohal has been another standout for the Philippines, taking a hat-trick against Samoa.
Mohd has played cricket in India and China before moving to the Philippines five years ago.
"We've been together as a group for three months now," Mohd said.
"I was just in the Philippines for work and I was so happy to get the chance to play cricket.
"I've spent most of my life in India and I was surprised to find out there was cricket in the Philippines."
In other games yesterday, Papua New Guinea started the day with a massive win against Indonesia.
Samoan captain Ben Mailata scored 89 when his side beat the Cook Islands at Oakes Oval.
Vanuatu also had an impressive 35-run win against Fiji at Mortimer Oval.
"We've got heaps of young players and some very experienced players," Vanuatu captain Andrew Mansale said.
"Looking at the other teams there are a lot of young players as well, so the biggest advantage we have is experience."
There is a break in the competition today.