The club’s women’s team had a brilliant season with an unbeaten run to the finals.
The women faced neighbours Avana in the finals and comfortably took out the match, deservedly lifting the champion trophy for the season.
The men’s team also had a strong showing during the season and despite their best efforts were knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual men’s season winners Tupapa.
The men were still pleased with their top three finish for the season and will no doubt regroup for another top showing next season.
Orometua Tereora opened the awards evening proceedings with Bundi Mato thanking sponsors for their valuable contribution to the club and its success.
Terry Strickland, Romani Katoa, Bob Hunter and Tama Tuavera are the main Muri cricket club backers and were all on hand to present the awards and share in the club’s success.
Matina Pittman and Rama Taiki collected the top run scorer awards for the women and men’s team respectively while 13-year old Jasmanda Tuaputa collected the most wickets for the ladies.
Mike Hoff claimed the award for the most wickets for the men’s team.
New club player Tioni Katoa and 16-year old Phillica Maruariki were the most improved players for the club and are sure to continue to improve.
Women’s captain Punanga Kaveao was awarded top club player overall. Her stint in the men’s division highlighted her cricketing prowess, which has seen her stamp her name as one of the cornerstones of the national women’s team.
Cricket’s chief executive officer Alister Stevic congratulated the club for its achievements, making special mention of the excitement of seeing so many young girls playing in the women’s side.
Mama Mene was the VIP of the evening, with club players and sponsors alike recognising her hard efforts throughout the season.
The Muri grounds have also been the heart of this week’s junior cricket programme, further emphasising the village’s love of cricket. - MW