Top four teams confirmed

Wednesday November 09, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket
All eyes on the ball … Matavera batsman Peter Natua in action against Tupapa II. 16110859 All eyes on the ball … Matavera batsman Peter Natua in action against Tupapa II. 16110859

AN INTENSE round of battle in the CI Cricket Association saw Muri Creeps and Titikaveka Titans join Tupapa I and defending champions Turangi in the top-four competition.

 

The games on Saturday had at least four teams in the running to join the top two in the next stage of competition, which will start later this month.

The Titans, who started off the season on a high, took on Avana in one of the featured matches of the round at Raemaru Park.

They batted first and managed 162 runs for 8 in the first innings with opening batsman Ben Vakatini top scoring on 54 runs off 43 balls.

In reply, Avana were all out for 82 runs in the 13.1 overs, handing the Titans a well-deserved two-wicket win.

The win earned the Titans fourth place on the standings with 20 points and a better run rate than Matavera, which is also on 20 points.

Matavera recorded a massive nine-wicket win over a hapless Tupapa II at home.

Tupapa II batted first and managed only 35 runs for 9 in nine overs.

Matavera’s Moni Uini took five wickets in four overs while conceding 24 runs.

In reply, Matavera easily reached the target, scoring 36 runs with loss of a wicket in 7.1 overs.

Giantkillers Muri Creeps, who were also in the running for a top-four place, put on a dominant display against Nikao to beat them by three wickets.  The win sees the side finish on third place with 24 points. Nikao batted first and scored 104 runs.

In reply, the Creeps overcame smart bowling from Nikao to score 106 runs in 14 overs, with three wickets to spare.

Defending champions Turangi had an easy battle against Arorangi who managed only 37 runs.

In reply, Turangi easily overcame the target in three overs with loss of a wicket to finish second.

Meanwhile Tupapa I heads into top four competition with tails up after beating Takuvaine by 147 runs.

                - Rashneel Kumar

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