Double century for Turangi

Saturday October 18, 2014 Written by RCA Media Published in Cricket

EXCITING cricket games were played in last weekend’s round of club cricket.

The Tupapa Panthers moved to outright leaders in the Rarotonga Round Robin club championship after a hard fought win over the second placed Titikaveka Titans.
Batting first on a tough wicket Tupapa made 156 for their twenty overs.
The Titans’ chase came close but fell short in the end by 24 runs giving Tupapa the victory and number one spot on the points table.
Other games saw the improving Takuvaine side beat Arorangi at Raemaru Park.
The Takuvaine team is looking good this season and proving to other clubs that they are a genuine top four side, steadily gathering wins to put them on target to make the semis this year.
At the Turangi Oval, some major milestones were set in Turangi’s comprehensive win over Tupapa 2. 
Batting first, Turangi opener Vane Tangimetua smashed his way to a  twenty/20 record of 210 not out.
He was joined by fellow batsman and co-captain Jeff Vinicombe who also smashed his way to 140 going out only in the second to last over.
It would have been a noteworthy innings in itself if it had not been overshadowed by Tangimetua’s double century.
You have to remember that this is 20 over cricket.
It is the first time this year that two batsmen in the same team have scored a century of points each in the same game.
It would also likely be a partnership record for the co-captains with the final run tally of 384/2. Turangi seem to also be making a belated charge for a spot in the play offs.
After beating Arorangi last week Muri are making a strong statement this season that they can still produce the goods on the pitch to be considered as title contenders.
In a low scoring affair Muri beat Matavera in their match to take the four points.
Today’s matches sees Turangi at home to Takuvaine who are well ahead on the points table. The two Tupapa teams meet in a home game at Victoria Park while the Muri Creeps travel to Nikao for their match.
Meanwhile at Nukupure Park, bottom of the table Avana will host Matavera who have been in mixed form but should come away with the game comfortably, while the Titans meet Arorangi at Raemaru Park in what should also be a hotly contested affair.
We are heading into the last few rounds of the Round Robin but already tensions are mounting and pressure is being applied for teams to maintain their placing.
So if you love cricket, then get along to the various venues for more action this Saturday starting at 12.30pm for the women’s games followed by the men at 3.15pm.

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