Do-or-die matches in men’s cricket

Monday November 07, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

SOME EXPLOSIVE hits are expected in Round nine of the Cook Islands Cricket weekly men’s league today.

 

The final round of the preliminary competition will see teams fighting tooth and nail in their bid to qualify for the top four.

The feature match of the day will be between Matavera and Tupapa II at Matavera School field.

Both teams are tied on 16 points each and a win to either side is likely to earn them their a spot in the top four.

Matavera will head into the match as the favourites after a series of blockbusting performances in the competition.

Last week, the Ray Roumanu-led side defeated reigning champions Turangi to make their intentions clear in the competition.

After a miserable start, Matavera looks like a force to reckon with in this year’s competition.

Tupapa II has also put on an inspiring performance with some good wins so far in the league.

The side led by seasonal bowlers Takatua Puiki and Dash Nio will be hoping to make it through to the final four with their number one side, Tupapa I.

Tupapa I, which leads the competition on 24 points, will take on Takuvaine in a “David versus Goliath’’ battle at the Happy Valley today.

The side, which has already booked its place in the top four, will be using the match as the build-up for the next stage of the competition. The hosts, however, who smashed 294 runs last week - will be out to create a major upset.

Titikaveka Titans, which have put in a mixed performance so far, will be all out for win against bottom-placed Avana at Raemaru Park.

The Matt Beasley-led side is on 16 points and a win will be their only hope for a top-four spot.

Defending champions Turangi will host Arorangi with a hope to get their title defence campaign back on track. The side is placed second with 20 points while Arorangi is second last on the points table with 12 points from eight matches.

In the final men’s match of the round, third placed Muri will be up against Nikao. Muri also needs a win to seal their place in the top four.

In the women’s top four competition, defending champions Muri, which is the only unbeaten side in the competition, will take on Enua Peyroux’s Avana while Turangi will play Tupapa.

In the bottom placed competition, Takuvaine will play Nikao.

The women’s match starts at 12.30pm while the men’s at 3.15pm.  

- Rashneel Kumar

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