Muri, Avana-Turangi share cricket lead

Wednesday 16 September 2015 | Published in Cricket


Muri and Avana-Turangi are joint leaders in The Computer Man Rarotonga Cricket women’s competition following resounding wins over the weekend.

Muri took on Matavera at Nukupure Park on Saturday and after winning the toss, the side opted to bowl.

The Muri bowlers made easy work of the Matavera batting lineup featuring five new players, with Punanga Kaveao picking up four wickets from her four overs and teenagers Memory Kauvai (two wickets) and Jasmanda Tuaputa, who conceded just five runs and collected four wickets, doing the damage.

The Muri youngsters were given the opportunity to chase down 30 runs for victory and didn’t disappoint, with Tuaputa again featuring with 14 runs.

In the other match, Avana/Turangi was in equally fine form at the Turangi Oval when the side notched up 146 runs against Arorangi.

Despite Moe Matheson collecting three wickets, Avana/Turangi batters Teremoana More (29 runs) and June George (48 runs) did well to lead the team to enormous runs.

In reply, the Arorangi team could only manage 87 despite a fantastic effort by Perina Tekoronga, the only batter to reach double figures, with a quality 48 not out.

Takuvaine won their match against Tupapa in a closely contested affair.

In the men’s matches, Turangi muscled their way to a solid victory over the Arorangi Red Backs in an exciting clash.

Arorangi elected to bat first, but were shunned by precise bowling from Turangi’s Eria Tangimetua and Tiri Toa.

Toa’s four overs for 21 runs collecting the three big wickets of Jeff Vinicombe, Nga Taiti and Nga Emile added to the pressure.

At just 17 years, Vane Junior Tangimetua showed maturity beyond his years to return figures of four wickets from his four overs.

Despite registering just 94 runs, Arorangi would have still felt confident, boasting a big bowling line up with bowlers such as Denne Bourke, Fabian, Allister Webb and Jeff Vinicombe in the team.

Things looked hopeful early on for the side when Fabian collected the prized wickets of Vane “Senior” Tangimetua and Ula Teinaki, but, it was a quality knock of 41 runs by Tereinga Maoate aided by Elia Tangimetua (20 runs) that got the Turangi side home.

The win takes Turangi four points clear at the top of the points table.

In the other men’s matches, Nikao overcame Tupapa II after a fierce battle, while top four contenders Muri Creeps are back in their winning ways after victory over Matavera.

Meanwhile, the national women’s side will take on the Northern District Maori at Turangi Oval at 4pm today.