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Tuesday 20 September 2011 | Published in Regional


Top cricket team Tupapa turned recent performances around to beat Avatiu-Nikao in round three of the Computer Man Champs.

Tupapa have put the disappointment of two surprise losses behind them to take out early bolters Avatiu-Nikao.

Batting first Avatiu could only manage 122 as their middle order, reminiscent of 2010, had an all too familiar collapse.

Hamish Weir put on a marvellous 46 while spinner turned wicketkeeper Shane Thompson ground out a well-fought 15 to give the score some respectability.

122 was always going to be too small of a target if international powerhouse Toara the tank Teinaki got going, and get going he did, clubbing a superb 55 off 29 deliveries.

Tupapa club mates, team two, didnt fare as well losing to the Titikaveka Titans despite putting on a competitive 152 runs.

Tewunga Mataoras return to Tupapa 2 was much needed as he set the standard early on scoring 46, however Titans Pa Tekaria made light work of the total as he set about blazing 79 runs from 39 balls in an innings which included 13 boundaries, the Titans winning the match in the 13th over with 9 wickets in hand.

Dressed in red and seeing red, Terry William will be disappointed in losing to Arorangi after their top order got off to a solid start, eventually dismissed for 100.

Sixteen-year-old star Pahina Lapana did the damage taking 6 wickets.

Arorangi convincingly got across the line in the 15th over, with Andrew Forbes seeing them home with an unbeaten 55.

Turangi continue to set the standard this season, retaining their winning record with a win over 2010s top four winners the Muri Creeps. Posting a lowly score of 166, Iro was the pick of the bowlers collecting another 5 wicket bag to go with his second round haul of 6. Muri falling 44 runs short.