Tight tussle for cricket’s top spot

Friday September 25, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket
Avana players with the visiting Northern District Maori team from New Zealand. The side leads The Computer Man womens cricket competition. Avana players with the visiting Northern District Maori team from New Zealand. The side leads The Computer Man womens cricket competition.

The battle to remain on top of the table in the round four of The Computer Man cricket men’s competition will mean plenty of action this weekend.

 

Five teams Nikao, Turangi, Avana, Tupapa and Muri share the top spot with eight points each after convincing wins in their matches in the past three rounds.

In the women’s competition, Muri and Avana are tied on 12 points each as they lead the battle in the grade.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic said this season  had been one of the most competitive he had seen.

He could not remember the last time five teams had shared the lead on The Computer Man points table.

“Usually after three rounds, we have two bolters clear at the top of the table, but this year it’s a five-way race. I can’t remember the last time that minnow sides like Nikao and Avana have been top of the table after three rounds.

“It’s anyone’s competition to lose this year. Big teams that historically do well such as the Arorangi Red Backs and the Rehab Titans are four points off the leader. Some teams have a lot to do if they hope to keep their top four playoffs a reality.”

Stevic said the competition had gained momentum this year in both grades, with teams putting in a real effort to finish on top in their weekly matches.

In The Computer Man women’s competition, last year’s finalists Muri have been in exciting form with emphatic wins over the past two rounds against Matavera and Tupapa.

The side continue their unbeaten record of 17 games across two seasons.

“Muri have an opportunity to go top of the table when they take on Takuvaine this weekend as Avana have the bye.”

Meanwhile, the matchup between Nikao and Matavera women this weekend will provide both teams the opportunity to record their first points of the season.

 

Points 

The Computer Man women’s competition: Muri (12 points), Avana (12), Arorangi (4), Takuvaine (4), Matavera (0), Nikao (0) and Tupapa (0).

The Computer Man men’s points table: Nikao (8 points), Turangi (8), Avana (8), Tupapa (8), Muri (8), Titikaveka (4), Arorangi (4), Matavera (4), Takuvaine (4) and Tupapa 2 (0).

 

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