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Big upset in men’s cricket

Thursday October 04, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket

Takuvaine pulled off a major upset after beating former champions Turangi in the Rarotonga Cricket Competition’s feature men’s clash on Saturday last week.


In round two competition, the host put on a remarkable performance to overcome the giants at the Happy Valley.

After winning the toss, Takuvaine elected to bat and scored 100 runs in total with Bruce John top scoring on 32.

Turangi bowled really well restricting Takuvaine to a mere 100 runs.

However it was the fielding and bowling in the second innings from Takuvaine that won them the match.

Their bowlers were so disciplined with their line and length they restricted the usually dominant Turangi batting line up, who were all out for 68 runs, 32 runs short of their target.

Takuvaine captain Terry William credited his bowling unit and their sharp fielding for their upset win over Turangi. 

In the other men’s clash, defending champions Tupapa I maintained their winning start after beating Tupapa II by seven wickets at Victoria Park.

Tupapa II won the toss and chose to bat and they were all bowled out for a total of 109 runs in 15 overs.

In reply, Tupapa I showed no mercy with the bat, easily chasing the Tupapa II score in the eighth over with skipper Wayken Punga leading the way, scoring 45 runs.

Matavera also recorded a big win after smashing Arorangi by 133 runs at home.

The side batted first and scored a massive total of 236 runs from their 20 overs.

Arorangi’s chase was cut short by a fantastic display of bowling from Matavera, restricting the former to 103 runs all out in the 16th over. Matavera won by a whopping 133 runs.

It was the battle of the black and the white wolves down at Nikao Cricket Field when Nikao I took on Nikao II in an interesting battle.

Nikao II won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Nooroto Williams was the top scorer on 47 runs followed by Teokoitu Pana on 40 runs, handing Nikao I a grand total of 204 runs in 20 overs.

In reply the White Wolves (Nikao II) got injured in the run chase only managing 78 runs all out in the 14th over. 

Teaute Ravarua of Nikao I was the pick of the bowlers after managing three wickets and a maiden in three overs he bowled. Nikao I won the match by a landslide 126 runs.

In the women’s competition, Matavera defeated Tupapa by eight wickets at Victoria Park.

Tupapa batted first and scored 38 runs in total with the top score of nine runs coming from Tinapa Vailoa. Tupapa’s inning included seven ducks.

Matavera bowlers were outstanding as they ripped apart the Tupapa batting line up. Apii Tangata was in top form after taking four wickets in four overs.

In reply, Matavera wasted no time overcoming the Tupapa total in just the seventh over, comfortably winning by eight wickets.

In the other women’s match, Turangi hitters put on a much-improved performance as they piled on 158 runs, with June George smashing 55 runs in the opening innings against Takuvaine.

The total seemed too much for the TKV to chase down as they were all out for 43 in the 14th over, giving Turangi a 115 run win.

The Avana I versus Avana II match was a special event when Avana women cricket club hosted a visiting young development girls cricket team from Waiuku, New Zealand.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki thanked Enua Peyroux and the Avana cricket club for hosting them to a memorable day of cricket which the girls thoroughly enjoyed. 

The match between the two Avana women’s club was supposed to be played sometime this week.