After two dominant performances from previous games, Nikao Wolves will be hoping to maintain their dominance with the bat and the ball in order to topple the defending champions Tupapa.
The Wolves will rely heavily on the experience of their dominant batsmen Nooroto William and Melody Melota and their versatile bowling line up. The side will also have the likes of their skipper Deacon Teapa and experience Cook Islands rep player Patiiamai Ataela.
Tupapa is also expected to field a star-studded team led by their captain Wayken Punga and Kunta Ritawa (vice-captain).
The side will be looking to their experience bowlers Junior Korua and Toni Piira to lead the way in their young bowling attack.
“It is going to be a very tight and close encounter as both team possess much similar skills and style of playing the game,” said Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki.
In the other men’s match, Arorangi will host Turangi in an all-important match at Raemaru Park while Tavana will take on Tupapa II at home.
The Takuvaine versus the Matavera tussle at the Happy Valley will be another interesting clash.
“Takuvaine is still hurting from a disappointing lost to Nikao. However, from the loss, the Takuvaine team manager Leroy Maro has a master plan in place to combat the more dominant and top of the table Matavera led by their magnificent captain Ray Roumanu,” Teinaki said.
“Both will do battle at the Happy Valley. Matavera is carrying a team tag of ‘no mucking around’ attitude to all their games.”
In the women’s competition, defending champions Turangi will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they take on Matavera at Turangi Oval.
Nikao will take on Tupapa at Victoria Park in search of a much needed win while Takuvaine will face Avana at Happy Valley.
“We have seen some great cricket last weekend and we expect the same this week as team battling for a spot in the top four,” Teinaki said.
“All cricket fans, families and friends are requested to support their clubs. As for the game at Victoria Park, it will be a game not to be miss.”
The women’s competition starts at 12.30pm while the men’s at 3pm.