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Monday 1 November 2010 | Published in Regional


Apii Mamanu’s Arorangi Red Backs cricket squad have won the Computer Man Round Robin Championships in professional style. The squad was unbeaten in all 9 rounds of the Computer Man Round Robin Championships. The Red Backs have come into their own this season with a strong recruitment drive and months of pre season training and planning.

Consistent performances from across the team has been the catalyst for the team’s on field form. Fast bowler Henry Geary (30 wickets) leads the wicket taking table, Pare Rongokea (230 runs) sits third on the run scorer’s table and fine performances from Emile Mamanu, Kiri Patia and Apii Mamanu have contributed to their unbeaten record.

Turangi comfortably took second place while the battle for the third and fourth places has been a surprise to many.

William Tommy’s Matavera side put months of pre season training into action, starting the season strongly to quickly occupy third place, however a string of surprise underperformances in recent matches saw them slip to fourth, a position the side will nonetheless take pride in given this is the first time Matavera have placed in the top four.

The biggest come back of the season to date has been Bobby Hunter’s Muri side who started the season in uncharacteristic fashion losing a string of matches. A concentrated effort led by the bowling of Alan Syme and batting of Rama Taike saw the team hit back and rise into third spot.

The Computer Man Top 4 competition begins this weekend between Arorangi and Matavera at Matavera and Muri and Turangi at Turangi.

The bottom six qualifiers have plenty to play for as they head into the Computer Man Bottom Six Round Robin competition.

New club Avana has made significant advancements with their youthful side and are considered potential favourites to win the bottom six.