Tupapa triumphant

Tuesday September 15, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket
Makire Varia of Takuvaine in action against Tupapa Panthers in The Computer Man Rarotonga Cricket round two competition on Saturday at Victoria Park. Makire Varia of Takuvaine in action against Tupapa Panthers in The Computer Man Rarotonga Cricket round two competition on Saturday at Victoria Park.

Despite some strong hits from skipper Hori Miller, the Rehab Titans were unable to topple arch-rival Tupapa in round two of The Computer Man Rarotonga Cricket competition over the weekend.

 

In repeat of the past three season’s final, the feature match of the round on Saturday at Victoria Park recorded a similar result, with Tupapa claiming the win once again.

The Titans opted to bat first and started well, but things became uneasy for them after the departure of starter Chauncey Flay, who was unluckily bowled by a low ball.

The Titans couldn’t establish any partnerships in the middle order, losing five wickets for 70 runs.

Tupapa’s Teokoitu Pana continued his good form with the ball, picking up two wickets for just 17 runs off his four overs while Wayken Punga chipped in with two wickets from his two overs.

The Titans managed to amass some much needed runs after lower order batter Shane Phillips stepped in notching up 21 runs, and together with Miller’s total of 76, helped the side through to a competitive score of 161.

Tupapa got off to a poor start to their innings after losing opener Punga after an impressive bowling from Titans’ Rob Samuel.

But Melody Melota (43 runs) and Davies Teinaki (36 runs) stabilised the innings for Tupapa as the side piled on runs to remain on track for a win.

Despite losing three quick wickets, Tupapa maintained composure as captain Patiiamai Ataela stepped in with 33 not out to lead his side to victory in the 17th over.

In other men’s matches, Turangi went top of the table with a good win over the Arorangi Red Backs, Muri men defeated Matavera and Nikao overcame Tupapa II.

In the women’s matches, Muri and Avana have become joint leaders after comprehensive victories over Matavera and Arorangi Red Hot Chicks, respectively.

Takuvaine overcame Tupapa in the other match.

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