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Cricket grand final has familiar feel

Sunday January 18, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket
The Titikaveka Titans will want to make amends for their grand final loss last year to Tupapa. The Titikaveka Titans will want to make amends for their grand final loss last year to Tupapa.

Today’s Rarotonga men’s cricket final between Tupapa and Titikaveka Titans has a familiar feel about it. 

The finalists will line up in a replay of last year’s grand final.

Tupapa ended last year’s final victorious courtesy of a match-winning partnership between Patiamai Ataela and Toala Teinaki.

This year will be different, with no Toala Teinaki and a bug sweeping through the Titans team leaving some key players in doubt for Saturday’s final.

The Titans will be up for the match in a big way. Not only will Hori Miller’s men want to end the season on a high but they will be keen to make amends for last season’s grand final loss.

The Tupapa team, primarily made up of Wale lads from the northern group’s cricket-loving island of Pukapuka, take great pride in their strong cricketing heritage and appreciate the pressure is on them to ensure a victory for their supporters.

Grand final nerves aren’t the only thing both teams have to compete with – the small boundaries at Turangi cricket could mean early wickets. 

The close proximity of the lagoon tempts normally orthodox and controlled batters into taking uncharacteristic risks in search of landing the ball in the water. 

The Rarotonga Cricket Association has advised Cook Islands Cricket that the final will take place on neutral territory in Turangi starting at 2pm.

The Rarotonga Umpires Association has rewarded Nauma Atiau and Arthur Emile’s solid semi-final umpiring performances by allocating both umpires to officiate the final, while Oliver Syme will act as third umpire. 

Maryanne Miller and Anjima Aturai will score the match.  

Grab your mats and sunblock and get along to Turangi for what should be a spectacular day of cricket finals action.  

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