Turangi’s Vane Tangimetua Jr loses his wicket against Arorangi Redbacks the Rarotonga Cricket Club men’s final in 2021. RASHNEEL KUMAR/ 21111408
The Cook Islands Cricket Association T20 domestic season kicked off last Saturday, September 16, with exciting matches set to take place in round two on Saturday.
Four matches from
the men’s division were played with both the women’s teams and the newly formed
Tupapa Young Rookies having the opening week off and a slightly longer wait to
At Victoria Park,
hosts Tupapa fell to a powerful Turangi attack 206 to 109.
Young Tutu from
the aptly named Turangi Young Guns scored 54 with the bat and bowled an
impressive 4 overs for 18 runs with 4 wickets taken. He was supported by team newcomer Ben
Vakatini with his 48 runs and an additional 3 wickets with the ball. Father and
son duo Vane Senior and Junior combined for 74 more and it was a fine first
Saturday for the men in maroon.
Tupapa was bowled out in the 15th over with twin top scorers of
27. They will look to bounce back in a
minor civil war this Saturday as they take on the Tupapa Young Rookies on their
shared home ground.
Over at Nikao
field the other Tupapa team, K11 faced a pack of hungry Wolves and found
themselves in strife.
Nikao 1 started
strong by batting first and putting a solid 173 runs on the board led by Deacon
Teapa and his “oh so close to a half ton” 49 runs. The hosts finished their 20
overs with K11 bowler Ray Roumanu taking 4 expensive wickets at the cost of 43
K11 had a step
hill to climb and lost their first wicket on the first ball. Lone standout
Tikove Piira tried to keep it close but was eventually dismissed after a brave 58
runs of 37 balls. However, it wasn’t enough as K11 was all gone for 100 in 14
overs. John Brown of Nikao showed real skill with 4 wickets in only 3 overs at
a low cost of only 15 runs.
Nikao 1 secured
its first win of the season 173 to 100.
Down the road a
way at Raemaru, the 2022 runner-up Redbacks hosted the Takuvaine team. The
visitors batted first and with steady work posted 138 runs. Led by Uwi and his season opening 50, the
visitors batted through and awaited the Arorangi riposte.
The response came
from captain Manu Emile. In leading by example, he added 52 runs to his haul of
4 TKV wickets. Sadly, for the West-siders it was in vain as they fell short in
the final over with 131 on the board and two boundaries short of victory.
TKV won by 8 runs
The final match of
the day saw the Muri Creeps and their newcomer Tomasi Vanuarua take on the
Nikao 2 team at Nukupure. Muri showed their rust early losing both opening
batsmen for no runs.
Clearly stunned by
their misfortune they struggled to rally and only could find 114 runs in the
innings. Tuku Samuel set the stage for his monster day with bowling line of 4
overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 23 runs.
The Nikao 2 boys
knew Muri would be coming out blazing trying to emulate their bowling
performance and it came pass. Muri paceman Vanuarua blasted the bails off with
his third ball and the next two batters played a cautious series of overs.
Muri was looking
for the win when in at number 7 came Nikao’s hero Tuku. Not to let his bowling
stand alone, he proceeded to strike his way to 59 runs not out and saw his team
Muri could not
remove him, and it cost dearly. The
final strike a 4-run boundary to end the match with a Nikao 2 win 117 to 114.