Table-toppers in the men’s grade, Arorangi Red Backs will take on Turangi in the feature match tomorrow.
The Red Backs started off well after beating Muri Creeps in the opening round of the competition last week. And Turangi was in top form after a resounding win over Tupapa II on Saturday.
Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic expects fireworks from both teams tomorrow.
“Both teams have plenty of fire power with Jeff Vinicombe (Arorangi) and Tereinga Moaote (Turangi) the only two players to have registered centuries this season,” Stevic says.
In another exciting match, defending champions Tupapa will be out to redeem themselves after a shock loss to Avana last week.
In repeat of last season’s final, Tupapa will take on last year’s runner-ups Titikaveka Titans at Victoria Park.
“Pressure will be on Tupapa’s Patiiamai Ataela to score runs against a fierce Titans bowling attack which includes right-arm bowler Chauncey Flay.”
Giant killers Avana will be hoping to continue their impressive form when they take on Takuvaine, while Tupapa II will head to Nikao in search of an early season victory against the much-favoured host.
In the women’s competition, Muri will be hoping to extend their winning streak when they take on Matavera at Nukupure Park.
The side is unbeaten in their last 12 matches and is poised to face a tough challenge from Matavera tomorrow.
An exciting battle looms between national opening fast bowler Bene Matapo of Matavera and Muri’s own national opening batter Phillica Maruariki.
In the other women’s clash, Arorangi will unleash five new players against Avana/Turangi with a hope of registering their first win in the competition.
The side will be led by experienced players Leanne Kiria and Moe Mamanu, who are expected to present a strong challenge to Avana/Turangi.
The small boundaries at home turf will suit Avana/Turangi’s big hitter Margaret Simiona and captain Enua Peyroux will be hoping that Simiona heave pressure on Arorangi with her batting prowess.
Tupapa skipper Anjima Ruarau will be hoping that her players rise to the occasion in front of a home crowd against Takuvaine to hand them their first win of the season.