In their final match last week Saturday at Turangi Oval, Turangi defeated Matavera to end the latter’s winning streak in the competition.
The giant battle between the two teams saw the visitors heading to bat first and they managed 149 runs in full overs, with Ben Vakatini top scoring on 48 runs.
In reply, Turangi managed to reach the target in 18 overs after scoring 153 runs for eight, to manage a two wicket win.
Pa Zekaria was the top scorer for the home side after managing 26 runs.
Matavera’s Mona Uini was impressive in bowling after taking three wickets, but that wasn’t enough to keep his side’s unbeaten run intact.
The two teams will meet again at Turangi Oval today in the preliminary finals, with the winner going straight into the final.
Tupapa will play Takuvaine in the other preliminary finals, with the winner taking on the loser of the Turangi versus Matavera match for a place in the showdown.
In the other men’s round nine matches, Tupapa I scored a 35-run win against Muri at home.
Tupapa batted first and managed 149 runs for all out in 17.5 overs with Kunta Ritawa scoring 48 runs.
In reply, Muri played full overs but could only amass 114 runs for eight wickets, with Pati Ataela top-scoring on 54 runs.
Nikao ensured they had better placings in the bottom six competition after beating Takuvaine by five wickets.
Takuvaine batted first and scored 135 runs for five in 20 overs, with Ura Teinaki hitting 56 runs.
In reply, Nikao managed to get the score in 16 overs with five wickets to spare.
Avana defeated the under-19 development side while Tupapa II recorded a default win over Arorangi in the other men’s matches.
Meanwhile, in the women’s catch-up match on Saturday, the U19 development side, formerly known as Muri, defeated Tupapa by five wickets to finish second in the standings.
Tupapa batted first and managed only 23 runs in 10.1 overs and in reply, the U19 side overcame the score in nine overs with five wickets to spare.
U19’s Rachel Auora was the player of the match after collecting five wickets from the three overs she bowled. She conceded only two runs.
Men’s – Turangi-Matavera in Turangi, Tupapa-Takuvaine at Takuvaine; Women’s – Turangi-U19 Development at Turangi, Avana-Tupapa in Takuvaine
Bottom Six – Matavera-Takuvaine in Matavera (women), Muri-Tupapa II in Muri, Avana-U19 in Matavera. Nikao is on bye