In round one competition, Turangi was lucky to come away with a win against Nikao in the women’s game of the week.
The match played at the Turangi Cricket Oval saw the host batting first and only managed 32 runs.
However, Nikao’s bowling was out of line giving away 48 extras in wides to give Turangi a decent total of 80 runs.
In reply, Nikao were all out for 56 runs, thanks to the top class bowling performance from the defending champion.
Moana More, Josephine Maoate, Ina shared three wickets each with More putting on an exceptional display, taking three wickets and conceding only three runs in the four overs she bowled. Turangi won the match by 24 runs.
In the other women’s match, Avana II defeated Takuvaine by 40 runs while Avana I won by default against Matavera.
In the men’s competition, Tupapa took on Arorangi in the match of the week at Raemaru Park.
Arorangi batted first with John Glassie top scoring with 38 runs, but the rest of the team could not support his brilliant start with Arorangi all out for 115 runs after 16 overs.
Tupapa’s bowling led by Toni Piira and well supported by the two rising star Jr James Auora and Pokerea Yeutu restricted Arorangi’s run to 115.
In reply, top Tupapa batsman Parker Daniel did not waste any time belting 76 not out to help achieve the Arorangi score in just ninth over. He was well supported by Junior Ruarau at the crease.
Glassie stood out again for Arorangi in bowling, making it difficult for the Tupapa batsmen but it was young Henry Mamanu, who took three wickets in two overs. Tupapa won the match by six wickets.
At Turangi Cricket Oval, giants Turangi took on Tupapa II in an interesting clash.
The host batted first with top two batsman Tutu Tangimetua scoring 78 runs and Toutika Ioane Jr top scoring at 81 runs. Turangi scored a total of 212.
Tupapa II’s bowling was wayward with the exception of Tetau Waiva, who brilliantly had the first hat trick of the season after taking five wickets in three overs.
In reply, Tupapa II’s Apa Nooroto was the only player to produce resistance to the Turangi bowling attack, hitting 42 runs. The visitors were all out for 80 runs after 14 overs giving Turangi a massive 132 runs win.
In the Matavera versus Nikao II match, the latter batted first with the ever reliable all-rounder Ripper Tauia top scoring at 35 runs. Nikao II were all out for 91 runs after 18 overs.
Matavera’s Ben Vakatini was brilliant with his throws, taking four wickets including a maiden, in the four overs he bowled.
In reply, Matavera made an easy run chase led by Osolai Akai’s 34 runs and support from his captain Ray Roumanu. The side overcame the Nikao II score in the 10th over, winning the match by seven wickets.
Nikao and Takuvaine recorded default wins against Avana and Muri, respectively, in the other men’s matches.