Tupapa I, Muri through to final

Thursday November 17, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket
Avana, in red, had a close win over the Tupapa women’s team. 16111604 Avana, in red, had a close win over the Tupapa women’s team. 16111604

Tupapa I men’s and Muri women’s teams are through to the finals of the Rarotonga Club Cricket competition.

 

Tupapa I took on defending champions Turangi in the men’s top-of-the-table clash on Saturday at Victoria Park.

Turangi batted first and managed 124 runs for five wickets with Vane Tangimetua Sr scoring 48 runs.

In reply, Tupapa I batsmen came up with some big early hits to reach the target in just 9.4 overs with the loss of five wickets to record a five-wicket win.

Kunta Ritawa was the top scorer for the side smashing a half century before finishing on 53 runs.

In the other top-four men’s playoff match, Muri Creeps took on Titikaveka Titans in an interesting duel.

The Titans batted first and scored 146 runs for nine with Ben Vakatini top scoring on 24 runs.

The Creeps after overcoming a jittery start, held on to their form to win the match by four wickets in the final over.

The side managed to overcome the score in 19.4 overs with Polly Iremia setting a benchmark performance as the highest run scorer of the round on 64.

Turangi will play the Creeps this weekend in a fight for the remaining spot in the showdown against Tupapa I.

The final will be held on December 3.

In the women’s competition, the unbeaten Muri continued its dominance in the division with another remarkable performance against challengers Turangi.

The defending champions batted first and scored 144 runs for six with Matina top scoring on 42 runs.

Turangi was unable to match the score, falling short by 10 runs despite putting on a spirited effort in the second innings.

In the other women’s match over the weekend, Avana defeated Tupapa by four wickets.

Avana batted first and scored 127 runs for six with Sela Taufaema managing 34 runs and in reply, Tupapa were all out for 119 runs.

Avana will take on Turangi in the semifinal next week with the winner playing Muri in the final.

Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said the next two rounds of games would be crucial for teams in the run for the domestic competition title.

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