Nikao vs. Turangi during a cricket match in 2020. 20090927
Top local teams have made a winning start in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition over the weekend.
Defending champions Turangi and Matavera made perfect starts
to their title defence campaigns in the men’s and women’s division
The weekly competition featuring 15 clubs – eight men’s and
seven women’s – started on Saturday with round one games.
Turangi’s Richard Piakura also scored the first century of
the season in a big win against TKV.
Against TKV at home, Turangi batted first and scored a
massive 291 runs from their 20 overs. Piakura was the top scorer, smashing 102
runs and he was well supported by Tutu Tangimetua, who managed 99 runs.
In reply TKV managed 89 runs before losing all their wicket,
handing Turangi a huge 202 run win.
In the women’s match, Turangi batted first managing a modest
113 runs from their 20 overs. In reply, the unlucky TKV were all out for 96
runs in the 13th over. Turangi won the match by 17 runs.
Defending women’s champions Matavera also made a strong
start to their campaign beating Nikao by 99 runs.
Matavera batted first and scored 128 runs from their 20
overs, with four wickets down. Tina Mato was the top scorer for the side after
amassing 52 runs not out.
In reply Nikao only managed to get 29 runs, all out, thanks
to a superb bowling from Tokoono Pana who picked an impressive six wickets from
four overs, conceding inly six runs.
In the men’s match, Nikao led by Melody Melota batted first
and scored 223 from their 20 overs. Melota was the top scorer after hitting 71
In reply former champions Matavera were all out for 88 runs,
handing Nikao a comfortable 152 run win.
New side K-11 made a winning debut in the men’s division
overcoming Muri by four wickets.
Muri batted first and scored 120 runs from their 20 overs
with Pakia Wichman top scoring at 43 runs.
John Angaino was the top bowler from K-11 after picking four
wickets from three overs, conceding 20 runs.
In reply K-11 overcame the score in 16 overs with a loss of
six wickets. K-11 veteran Ray Roumanu top scored with 33 runs.
In other men’s match, Arorangi defeated Tupapa while in the
women’s division, Tupapa won against Arorangi.