Cricket contest nears final round

Thursday October 29, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

With just a round of games in The Computer Man men’s cricket competition remaining, the battle for the top four spot remains intense.

 

Five teams are very much in the hunt for the coveted top four spot, with four of them sharing the lead on the top of the table.

Turangi, Tupapa, Matavera and Titans are all joint leaders with 20 points each while the Arorangi Red Backs in close pursuit on 16 points.

Matavera who are determined to finish among the best, edged closer to the top four spot after a close win over Nikao over the weekend.

The side defeated Nikao by mere 25 runs at Nikao Field on Saturday.

Matavera batted first and managed 144 runs before running out of wickets in 15.4 overs.

Skipper Ray Roumanu played superbly and was a run shy of a half century after amassing 49 runs before he was caught out.

Nikao’s medium pace right-arm bowler Teaute Teaute bowled brilliantly taking four of Matavera’s wickets in his four overs. He conceded only 27 runs.

In reply, Nikao who are out of contention for a top four spot, put on a brave effort but were all out for 119 in the 17th over.

In the other exciting match, the Red Backs have come alive in the latter stage of the competition with another amazing win over Avana.

The side had earlier beaten defending champions Tupapa.

Jeff Vinicombe’s half century and hat-trick maiden contributed significantly in helping  to keep Arorangi within contention.

“Under Rarotonga playing conditions, if teams are even on points at the end of the round robin the decision on placings will go by ‘who beat who’ and with most of the top four teams looking comfortable heading into the last round, it is three times champions Tupapa who look most vulnerable,” Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic said.

“A loss for Tupapa against Matavera this weekend and if Arorangi win against TKV could see Arorangi make the top four at Tupapa’s expense.”

However, a win for Tupapa and assuming the rest of the top of the table teams win their matches then Arorangi may bomb out.

“It is the most competitive season yet, and anything could happen heading into the last round.”

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