Tupapa men’s team makes cricket final

Wednesday November 11, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

Tupapa is through to its fourth consecutive final in The Computer Man cricket competition after a hard-fought win over the weekend.

 

In the men’s playoff on Saturday, Tupapa defeated last year’s runner-up Titikaveka Titans at Matavera to make it through to the showdown.

Titans batted first and found momentum with Ben Rennie (30 runs) and Ben Vakatini (16) trying to get their run rate in order.

But just as Titans found their rhythm, Tupapa’s Wayken Punga hurled misery on them with some fine bowling.

Punga bowled three overs and conceded just four runs, picking up four Titans wickets. 

The Titans managed just 95 runs in their inning.

Rennie made life difficult for Tupapa batters in the opening overs, collecting three wickets off his three overs, however Teokoitu Pana (36 runs) and Parker Daniel (23) did enough to bring Tupapa home in the 14th over.

The win was enough to book the defending champions in the final while Titans have another chance to remain in the title chase when they take Turangi this weekend.

Turangi progressed into the playoff match after beating Matavera in the clash between third and fourth placed teams this season.

Batting first, Matavera notched up 172 runs courtesy of runs from Ray Roumanu (26), Iro Maroroa (20), Ngametua Tariau (38) and Tuku Samuel (24).

Skipper Vane Tangimetua, who scored 75 runs, and Tereinga Maoate’s 47 was enough for Turangi to walk away with a comfortable win in the 17th over.

In the bottom six competition, Terry William blasted home 70 runs against Avana to ensure TKV’s progress through to the bottom six semi-final this weekend against Arorangi at Raemaru Park.   

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