Papua New Guinea were denied victory over the Philippines by wet weather ©Cricket PNG/Facebook

Vanuatu claimed their first win of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific regional qualification finals with victory over the Philippines, while hosts Papua New Guinea were denied by wet weather in Port Moresby.

Vanuatu overcame the Philippines by 63 runs at Amini Park after posting 156-6 from their 20 overs.

Nalin Nipiko was again in good form with the bat, top-scoring for Vanuatu with 62 from 57 balls.

Surinder Singh was the leading bowler as he returned figures of 3-23.

Chasing a tricky 157 to win, the Philippines' innings began badly when opener Richard Goodwin fell for a duck in the second over.

Goodwin's dismissal set the tone as the Philippines lost wickets at regular intervals before finishing on 93-7 from their 20 overs.

Papua New Guinea, who won two matches yesterday, were on course to earn a third against the Philippines.

Tony Ura hit an unbeaten 107 as the host nation posted 205-2.

The Philippines were reduced to 11-2 in reply but heavy rain prevented further play.

Vanuatu are tomorrow due to play Papua New Guinea and the Philippines on the last day of the tournament.

The nation which finishes top will book its place at the men's World Twenty20 qualifier set to be held in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.