In the men’s competition, Turangi defeated Matavera in an interesting tussle marred with dramas, while Muri overcame Turangi in the women’s match at Turangi Oval on Saturday.
Home team Turangi batted first and managed 236 runs all out in 20 overs, with the hard-hitting Toutika Ioane smashing 68 runs followed by David Piakura on 50 runs.
In reply, Matavera managed 123 runs for four before marching out of the field in the 14th over.
The umpire decided to award the match to Turangi.
Matavera, however, still has a chance to make the showdown when it plays Tupapa I in the semi-final today at Victoria Park.
Former champions Tupapa I defeated Takuvaine in the other playoff match last week at the Happy Valley.
Takuvaine batted first and scored 122 runs before losing all their wickets in the 19th over.
In reply, Tupapa managed to reach the target in 7.2 overs with loss of three wickets only to record a seven wicket win. Paka Daniel top scored for the side with 46 runs.
Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said they were anticipating a tough battle in the semis.
Matavera defeated Tupapa in the preliminary rounds and he said Ray Romanu-led side would head into the match as the firm favourites.
“Matavera got a good line up of bowlers and they surely look like a team to beat in this match. It will be an interesting tussle.”
In the women’s playoff, top seed Turangi went down to Muri U19 Development team by 37 runs.
Muri batted first and scored 115 runs for six in 20 overs, thanks largely to Tina Mato’s 55 runs.
In reply, Turangi were all out for 78 runs.
Muri’s Tepaeru Ioane was the toast for the visitors after taking three wickets in three overs that she bowled. She conceded 15 runs.
Turangi will face Avana in the semi-final today at home in the bid to make the final against Muri U19 Development.
Avana beat Tupapa by 26 runs in a match which was reduced to 16 overs due to rain.
- Rashneel Kumar
Turangi-Avana (women’s semi-final) at Turangi Oval, Avana-Tupapa II at Avana (Bottom 6, winner to play Nikao in the final), Tupapa-Matavera (men’s semi-final) at Victoria Park