Last weekend’s grand final saw the Titikaveka Titans take on Tupapa for the third year in a row, with Tupapa’s dominance over the local competition continuing with more silverware to add to the trophy cabinet.
It is fair to say that the Titans went into the match under strength as a couple of players were hit with a stomach bug in the days leading up to the final.
Supporters wouldn’t have noticed though, as the Titans fought hard for the entire match.
Batting first the Titans managed to post 171 runs.
Skipper Hori Miller led by example and got his team off to a flier as the wicketkeeper batsmen notched up 39 runs off 20 balls.
Miller looked like he was going to take the game away from Tupapa until a superb piece of fielding saw Miller short of his ground, and umpire Arthur Emile’s eager finger awarding the run out.
The Titans lost further quick wickets however Nick Rous (63 off 30 balls) stood up when it counted to play a dominant role in getting the Titans to 171.
One hundred and seventy one never looked enough runs on the Turangi Oval and with small boundaries calling out to the Wale boys they got off to a good start through Teokoitu Pana who posted an impressive 50 runs.
Tupapa looked shaky for a few overs after some superb bowling from Titans youngsters Ben Vakatini and Tuaine Zekaria.
Quick wickets had the pressure on Tupapa until man of the match Patiiamai Ataela strolled to the crease.
The Tupapa skipper did the damage in last year’s grand final and he repeated it again on Saturday with his match-saving 89 not out, taking Tupapa home to grand final victory with 7 balls remaining.
A strong crowd had turned out for the match with cricketers coming from as far as Arorangi. The supporters and spectators appreciated another hard-fought final and recognised both teams’ efforts with strong applause.
Congratulations to the Tupapa Men and Muri Women for winning their respective 2014 Rarotonga competitions.