Women’s cricket heads into playoffs

Saturday November 16, 2019 Written by Published in Cricket
 Nikao will play in the bottom two playoff while Tupapa will battle for a place in the semi-final in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition today. 19101211 Nikao will play in the bottom two playoff while Tupapa will battle for a place in the semi-final in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition today. 19101211

Some exciting matches will be held in the Rarotonga Cricket Club women’s playoff today.

 

In the feature match, table toppers Matavera will play second placed Turangi at Matavera Field.

The winner of this match will go straight to the final to be played on December 7. The loser will still have a chance of making the showdown when the side plays the winner of third place playoff, in the semi-final.

“Last year’s champion Matavera looks like the real deal in the women’s competition, unbeaten in the round robin. They are the team to beat,” said Davis Teinaki, the chief executive officer of Cook Islands Cricket.

The third place playoff will be held between Tupapa, who finished third, and fourth placed Nikao. The match will be played at Nikao Field.

In the bottom two playoff, Nikao will take on Takuvaine at the Happy Valley.

In the men’s competition, the final round of matches will be played today.

Matavera, who is leading the men’s point table, will be hosting Muri in an interesting clash.

The side will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run in the round robin heading into the playoffs.

“Matavera need to maintain their unbeaten run to hold on to the number one spot. A loss this weekend against Muri will give Tupapa the chance to overtake them at the top of the table with a better net run rate,” Teinaki said.

“This year, Matavera has been the most dominant side with a balance batting and bowling line-up.

“Cricket supporters from the village of Matavera should flock to the Matavera Field to support the double header, in what seems to be a great achievement for the team in the history of the game.”

In the other men’s matches, Takuvaine will host Nikao, Turangi will take on Tavana at Turangi Oval, Nikao II will play Tupapa at home and Arorangi will battle Tupapa II at Raemaru Park

Matavera, Tupapa, Nikao and Muri are in the top four heading into today’s matches.

Defending champions Turangi missed the cut with five defeats in the round robin competition

The women’s matches will start at 12.30pm while the men’s at 3pm. 

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