Muri creeping into top form

Wednesday October 19, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

MURI CREEPS are proving giant killers in the Cook Islands Cricket Association domestic league after another stellar performance in the men’s competition over the weekend.

 

The side handed Titikaveka Titans their first loss of the season, overcoming them by four wickets at Nikao Field on Saturday.

The Creeps had earlier wrecked the unbeaten run of Avana in the weekly competition.

In the round six clash, Titans went into the match with tails high and were left bemused by a strong fielding from the Creeps in the opening innings.

The Titans batted first and managed 116 runs after losing all their wickets in 18.3 overs.

Mike Hoff starred for the Creeps in bowling after taking two wickets and conceding 19 runs in four overs.

The Creeps put on a determined run chase managing to overcome their target in 17th over with four wickets to spare.

Early competition leaders, Avana seems to be running out of steam after succumbing to their second loss of the season to former champions Tupapa I.

The side batted first and managed 107 runs for all out in 19.4 overs.

Tupapa I’s Kunta Ritawa was a thorn for Avana batsmen after taking two wickets in four overs which included a maiden over. He conceded 14 runs.

In reply, Tupapa I led by Paaka Daniel, who top scored on 45 runs, managed to overcome the target in just 7.4 overs with three wickets down, registering a seven-wicket win.

In another exciting clash, youngster Mapu Maoate inspired defending champions Turangi to a six-wicket win against Takuvaine at home.

The 16-year-old right-hand batsman scored 67 runs from 41 balls – 6 sixes and 4 fours – to help Turangi amass 209 runs for four in the opening inning.

Takuvaine were way off the target after bundling out in the 16.2 overs with just 92 runs to their name.

Turangi’s Tiri Tou proved deadly with his throws, grabbing five wickets in four overs which included two maiden overs. He conceded 16 runs.

The inconsistent Matavera’s awful season continues after the side went down to minnows Nikao.

Matavera batted first and managed a mere 26 runs before losing all their wickets in 12th over.

Maru Mataora put on a superb form in bowling for Nikao after snatching four wickets in four overs, which included a maiden. He conceded only three runs.

In reply, Nikao struggled to reach the target in the eighth over with loss of seven wickets, to register a three-wicket win.

In the women’s competition, defending champions Muri and Turangi maintain their winning run after beating Nikao and Matavera, respectively.

Muri inspired by bowler Jasminda Tuaputa, who took seven wickets in four overs in a low-scoring match, thumped Nikao by 10 wickets.

Turangi managed a four-wicket win over Matavera after setting a target of 185 runs with Perina Tekorongo and Ina Willie top scoring on 54 and 53 runs, respectively. Matavera was all out for 68 runs.

In the other women’s clash, Tupapa defeated Avana by six wickets in a match that went down to the wire.

Avana batted first and scored 144 runs for four and in reply, Tupapa just managed to overcome the target in 19.3 overs.

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