Shock loss won’t faze defending champions

Thursday November 03, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket
Tupapa I opener Wayken Punga looks in horror after hearing the death rattle of his stumps against the Titans. 16103009 Tupapa I opener Wayken Punga looks in horror after hearing the death rattle of his stumps against the Titans. 16103009

DEFENDING men’s champions Turangi faced a setback in its title defence in the Cook Islands Cricket weekly league competition after going down to Matavera in a shock loss.

 

Despite the loss, the side is all set to make it through to the top-four competition, which will be finalised after this week’s games.

Turangi is second on the table with 20 points, four behind leaders Tupapa I.

Against Matavera, Turangi won the toss and elected to bat, posting a mere 109 runs for seven in 20 overs, with Tereinga Maoate scoring 39 runs.

In reply, Matavera overcame a shaky start, gaining momentum through their middle order batsmen, to achieve the target with a ball to spare.

The team also had only a wicket to spare, winning the match by just a wicket.

The round eight competition also saw some big hits with the Avana and Takuvaine match witnessing some big scores.

Takuvaine batted first and scored a massive 294 runs with loss of four wickets.

Nooroto William scored the first century of the season after smashing 113 runs from 40 balls. He blasted home 15 sixes and five fours.In reply, Avana were all out for 130 runs.

 In the match of the round, Tupapa I maintained their lead after beating Titikaveka Titans by six wickets.

Titans batted first and managed 118 runs for five. In reply, Tupapa I overcame a jittery start to reach the target in the 13th over with loss of four wickets.

Kunta Ritawa topscored on 52 runs in the six-wicket win.

Giantkillers Muri Creeps are back in the winning ways after the side beat Tupapa II by six wickets in another close one.

Tupapa II batted first and managed 225 runs for seven with Peter Ravarua top scoring on 67 runs. In reply, the Creeps led by Poli Iremia who scored 87 runs, managed to overtake the score in the final over.

Meanwhile in the bottom-of-the-table clash, Nikao defeated Arorangi by three wickets at home. Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said the battle for the top four places was intensifying.

Titans, Takuvaine, Matavera and Tupapa II are all tied on fourth spot with the final round this Saturday.

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