Tupapa through to semis

Thursday November 21, 2019 Written by Published in Cricket

Tupapa women’s side is through to the semi-final of the Raro Cricket Club competition.

 

The side thumped Avana by 10 wickets in the top four playoff to edge closer to the showdown which will be held next month.

Tupapa will play the loser of the Matavera versus Turangi match, for a place in the final.

The Matavera versus Turangi match did not finish last weekend due to exceeding into the men’s playing time. The match was supposed to be completed yesterday.

Against Avana on Saturday, Tupapa chose to bowl first. Avana scored 103 runs from their 20 overs with Grace Rea managing 37 runs.

A phenomenon batting display from the Tupapa openers Tape Rikini and Kura Aiturai stunned the Avana side. The openers managed to reach the target in just 13 overs. Rikini and Aiturai scored 37 and 48 runs respectively.

The powerful performance from the duo gave Tupapa an astounding 10 wicket win.

In the other women’s match, Takuvaine got their first win of the season after beating Nikao in the bottom two finale. The competition coordinators did not receive the scorecard for this match.

In the men’s competition, Tupapa escaped the jaws of defeat against minnows Nikao II.

Nikao II batted first and scored a decent total of 144 runs all out in the final over.

But it was their bowling and fielding that made this game go right down to the wire. 

After the 12 overs, most of the Tupapa batsmen were dismissed with only the last two batsmen remaining. 

Luckily with the experience of Kunta Ritawa and Wayken Punga led Tupapa home. 

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said: “It could have been the most embarrassing upset ever (for Tupapa) with Nikao II playing only 10 players”.

In the other men’s matches, Nikao defeated Takuvaine, and Arorangi had an easy win over the lowly-rated Tupapa II at Raemaru Park.

The Matavera versus Muri and Matavera versus Avana matches were postponed.

The men’s top four and bottom six playoffs will be held this Saturday.

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