Tupapa Cricket Club were eyeing an easy start to the season but were left stunned as Avana overpowered them with a comprehensive 65-run win at Matavera Oval on Saturday.
After winning the toss, Avana skipper Moko Kavana elected to bat, sending their opening batsmen into action against the powerful Tupapa bowling line-up
Openers Adam Sumback and James Keen wasted no time getting stuck into the Tupapa bowlers, putting on a partnership of 60 runs before Keen was bowled by Teokoitu Pana after managing 10 runs.
Sumback continued and was eventually bowled out for 84 runs before Tom Vea knocked 38 runs in quick fashion and Kavana (21 not out), leading the side to a healthy 168 runs at the end of the team’s innings.
Tupapa started off well with the bat and raced off to a healthy run count from Teokoitu Pana (30 runs) and Junior Ruarau (29 runs).
But the reigning champs couldn’t keep the momentum going as Nathan Heywood ripped through their batting order, collecting four wickets for 21 runs off his four overs to see Tupapa all out for 103.
Avana will be hoping to continue their dream run into round two of the competition when the side faces Takuvaine this Saturday.
In other men’s matches, Arorangi Red Backs defeated Muri Creeps, Titans overcame Matavera, Nikao beat Takuvaine and Turangi got off to a winning start against Tupapa II.
In the women’s matches, Turangi/Avana beat Tupapa, Takuvaine overcame Nikao and Muri defeated Arorangi.
Matavera was on a bye and will be in action this week.