In round three match held at Turangi Oval, the host batted first with their top three batswomen scoring double figures.
Mona More was exceptional with the bat top scoring for Turangi on 63 runs and she was well supported by Makiroa Mato and June George. Turangi amassed a total of 162 runs from their 20 overs.
Avana’s Annie Taufaema was impressive in bowling after taking three wickets from four overs, conceding only eight runs.
In reply, the young Avana I did superbly well with their run chase against a more experience side.
Taufaema’s 13 runs, Memory Monga’s 51 and Josephine Hakaroa’s 22 runs provided the backbone to their run chase which ended on 130 runs.
Turangi won by 32 runs.
“It was a commendable effort for this Avana young development team for achieving what they did last weekend. It was indeed a remarkable performance given the fact they were playing against a team who have set the benchmark for the women's competition,” said Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki.
In the men’s feature match, the unbeaten Nikao and Takuvaine went head on head in a crucial tussle at Nikao Field.
Nikao batted first with their top order scoring double figures. Tomoare Pana was the top scorer for the side, managing 41 runs and with support from the rest of the team, the side scored a total of 189 runs in 18 overs.
Takuvaine’s Ura Teinaki proved a thorn to the Nikao hitters after picking four wickets from three overs.
In reply, Takuvaine started well with their run chase but a lack of patience with the bat spoiled their chances. This after their opening batsmen went for big hits when they were well ahead of their runs per over.
Nikao bowling was on spot and they bowled Takuvaine all out for 106 runs, winning the match by 83 runs.
Teokoitu Pana was the pick of the bowlers for Nikao with four wickets from three overs.
“It was a fantastic week of cricket as we have seen some great bowling performance as three cricketers taking a five wickets haul – a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single inning, two from the men’s and one from the women's competition,” Teinaki said.
“It really shows that the level of bowling in the competition is on the rise and it is a satisfying feeling to see players performing well.
“Another highlight of the week was a century scored by Tutu Tangimetua (114 not out) which was an amazing achievement for the batsman. In cricket scoring a century is known as landmark score for the batsmen.
“Congratulations to all the winning teams and a special acknowledgement to those who performed outstandingly for their individual teams.”
Nikao-Takuvaine – Nikao batted first and scored 127 runs for six with Teremaki top scoring on 24 runs. In reply, Nikao were so confident for a win, only themselves to blame for a below par performance with the ball, giving away 26 runs in extras. Takuvaine rose up to the challenge with Liko Yeutu scoring 35 runs to give them their first win of the competition. Takuvaine won by four wickets.
Avana II-Tupapa – Tupapa won the toss and decided to field first a decision that proved to be a winner. Avana batted first and score 63 runs in total. Pick of the bowlers was Tupapa’s Marie Vailoa (4 overs, 4runs and 4 wickets). In reply, Tupapa didn’t start well with their run chase as wickets fell regularly. However, an exceptional performance with the bat from Tinapa Vailoa saw them through for their first win after losing to Matavera in the previous week. Tinapa Vailoa top score 35 runs not out in the four wicket win.
Lina Taufaema of Avana was the pick of the bowlers – 4 overs, 1 run and 5 wickets.
Arorangi-Tupapa II – Tupapa II batted first only managing 56 runs all out in 9 overs. Nomai Yekitea top scored on 14 runs. Pick of the bowlers from Arorangi was Henry Mamanu (4 overs, 35 runs and 5 wickets) and was well supported by another excellent bowling performance from John Glassie. In reply, Arorangi easily overcame the runs in the sixth over with Pare Rongokea top scoring 25 not out. Arorangi won by eight wickets.
Turangi-Nikao II – Turangi batted first with Tutu Tangimetua producing the first century of the 2018 season scoring 114 not out with the rest of the team scoring double figures. Tangimetua century included 13 fours and nine sixes from 60 balls. Turangi scored a massive 257 runs for four. In reply, Nikao II were all out for 114 runs from 19.3overs. Pick of the bowlers for Turangi was Jay Harrison (3.3overs, 15 runs and 5 wickets). Turangi won by a huge 114runs.
Matavera-Tavana – Tavana batted first and were all out for 60 runs in 13 overs. It was a great bowling performance from Matavera restricting the more versatile Tavana batting line up to a mere 60 uns. Bobby Hansen and Iro Maroroa shared three wickets each. Matavera wasted no time overcoming the Tavana score in the fifth over with Osolai Akai’s top score of 28 runs. Matavera easily won the match by seven wickets.