Cricket clash recalls past...

Saturday October 03, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

In a repeat of last year’s The Computer Man women’s cricket showdown, Avana/Turangi will take on defending champions Muri Creeps in round five competition today at Nukupure Park.

Both teams are undefeated in the competition this season and will be out to pip the other to take the lead in the women’s grade.

Avana/Turangi was on a bye last week, while Muri defeated Takuvaine to extend their lead on the points table with 16 points.

Avana/Turangi with a match on hand is on 12 points.

Coach Amao More hopes the side will avenge last year’s loss to Muri and eventually break their 17-match unbeaten streak.

“We have a pretty matured squad with a couple of young players. Most of the players in the team are mamas.

“We are looking forward to this battle and hoping for a win.”

Avana/Turangi and Muri, which fall under the Ngatangiia district, have built a strong foundation in women’s cricket after impressive performances in the past couple of seasons.

More said while most of the players were well-versed with the basics, they were still learning the sport.

Last month, Avana/Turangi hosted the Northern District Maori team from New Zealand and have a learnt a thing or two from that match.

More said they missed a couple of regular players who were ill in the match against the Maori side.

“But it was a good hit-out and we have surely learned some valuable skills playing against them,” he added.

“This will be an interesting match and we hope to have the people of Ngatangiia down at the Nukupure Park (today) to support the two teams.”

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic expects a tough tussle between Avana/Turangi and Muri Creeps in the feature match of the round.

In the men’s competition, Stevic says the teams will be out to topple each other for better placings.



The Computer Man women’s points table after 4 rounds: Muri (16 points), Avana (12), TKV (4), Arorangi (4), Tupapa (4), Nikao (4) and Matavera (0 points).

The Computer Man men’s: Turangi (12 points), Tupapa (12), Avana (8), Nikao (8), Muri (8), Titikaveka (8), Matavera (8), TKV (8), Arorangi (4) and Tupapa 2 (0 points)

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