The men’s matches scheduled for Saturday were abandoned after umpires deemed the weather and wickets unfit for safe play. These matches will not be replayed.
But Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic says cancellation of the matches will make the competition more exciting.
“With three matches remaining in the round, unbelievably nine teams are statistically still in the hunt for the coveted top four qualifiers,” says Stevic.
Table-toppers Turangi and Tupapa, with 16 points each, may be the front runners for the top four finish, but they are set to face tough competition from even the eighth and ninth-placed Muri and Takuvaine, alongside other teams who are also chasing for the final four places.
Stevic says the pressure on teams to win their remaining matches have increased after the weekend’s washout.
He adds winning games by big margins will be the teams’ priority now.
“The rain-outs are always tough and this year particularly, more so than others, because nearly every team in the competition has the opportunity to make the top four. Everyone is desperate for points..
“If teams are equal on points at the end of the round, then the final top four placings are determined first by ‘who beat who’ and then, if needed, by net run rate calculations. And winning by big margins increases teams’ net run rates.”
The Computer Man men’s competition; Turangi (16 points), Tupapa (16), Rehab Titikaveka Titans (12), Matavera (12), Nikao (8), Arorangi (8), Avana (8), Muri (8), Takuvaine (8) and Tupapa 2 (0 points).