“Our preparation has been really good. We have a good mixture of youthful and experienced players. The young girls have brought in good energy to the team and it has rubbed off on the girls,” said Siaka. Pacific MMI Insurance managing director Wayne Dorgan wished the Lewas success in their quest. He said the company’s sponsorship wanted to ensure Papua New Guineans had the opportunity to realise their full potential now and in the future. Lewas captain Pauke Siaka said Japan was the biggest threat and the PNG team had prepared well to beat them and reclaim the top ranking in the EAP. She said the team had learnt from past performances and would be able to adapt faster to the different playing conditions in Japan. The tournament will run from the 7-11th of May and will feature hosts Japan, Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cricket Without Borders team. The team that finishes in first place will advance on to the World Cup qualifiers. Siaka said the team had a good bowling attack and would use this strength against the other teams. The Lewas team features seven new debutants, one of which is Seilosi Ambo from Popondetta. The Lewas will play their first match next Wednesday against Vanuatu. The Pacific MMI Lewas are determined to win back the number one ranking when they depart for Japan this Sunday for the ICC East Asia Pacific (EAP) Women’s trophy.