A Turangi batsman is out for a duck against Arorangi Redbacks (bowled by Tomasi Vanuarua) at Turangi Oval on Saturday. RASHNEEL KUMAR/ 21102624. INSET: Dan Simpson scored 127 runs from 46 balls for the Redbacks. 21102625
History beckons for Arorangi Redbacks in the Rarotonga Cricket Club men’s final this afternoon at Raemaru Park.
Redbacks will be gunning for a perfect end to their unbeaten season, and their
first cricket title, when they take on defending champions Turangi at home.
two teams have met twice this season with the Redbacks winning both matches –
107-run win in their first meeting followed by four wickets win in the second
match a fortnight ago.
Glenn Hori Miller is hoping for their third consecutive win in the
much-anticipated final starting at 3pm.
the last couple of games, we put our best team out there and we want to carry
on with the way we have been playing,” said Miller, who is also the team
wicketkeeper and top order batsman.
are quietly confident of our chances but we are trying to keep ourselves
grounded and keep doing what we do. We have experience in our side with some
former national reps but we don’t want to get too cocky about it.”
have set a high standard with their overall performance throughout the season.
boast a well-balanced side of big hitters, brilliant bowlers and sharp fielders.
Their top batting order led by Dan Simpson has been well supported by the whole
team and their bowling attack are hard to face, especially their fast bowler
Redbacks fielding has been sharp in all aspects of the game. All combined, they
have got a winning formula.
to Davis Teinaki, the chief executive of Cook Islands Cricket: “Arorangi must
maintain their composure if they are to win in the final. It will be history
for them if they win, it will be the club’s first cricket title.”
who have dominated the domestic competition over past six years winning three
titles, will enter the final as the underdog.
The Vane Tangimetua Sr led side has a good mixture of young and experienced
players such as Richard Piakura and Tutu Tangimetua.
said: “A team collective performance from them will be the deciding factor for
them winning yet another title.”
losing both matches to the Redbacks, Tangimetua Sr is hoping to be third time
lucky in the do or die clash.
side has not played on Arorangi’s grass pitch this season and adapting to the
conditions will be a major challenge.
have learnt a lot from our previous losses and we did improve in our second
loss so I think we got a good chance of going one better this time around,” Tangimetua
has an experienced squad whereas we have a couple of young ones who started
playing the game this year so we are in a development phase. However they are
all looking forward to stepping up for this match.
aim is to complete a clean sweep as our women’s team will also feature in the
final (against Muri) but we will stay humble and put up a good fight against
Arorangi on their grounds.”
new winner will be crowned in the women’s final between Turangi and Muri
starting at 12 noon.
Final – Turangi vs Muri. Venue: Raemaru Park, Time: 12pm the first ball to be
bowled. Umpires: James Thompson, Leeroy Mangere. 3rd Umpire - Terry William. Men’s Final –
Arorangi vs Turangi. Venue: Raemaru Park. Time: 3pm. Umpires: James Thompson,
Leeroy Mangere. 3rd Umpire: Terry William.