Nikao out to create cricket history

Saturday December 08, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket

History beckons for Nikao in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition men’s final today.

The side, which has never won the revamped Twenty20 league competition title, is a match away from creating history when it takes on Turangi in the showdown at Nikao field at 3pm.

Nikao surprised many with their fairytale run in the weekly competition and skipper Deacon Teapa said they would try their best to end their campaign on a high with a win today.

“We just want to go out there and play our game, whatever eventuates will be a bonus for us. We have achieved our aim of getting into the final and we are pleased with that,” Teapa said.

“We have a young team. We are still at the development stage but the maturity level has improved as we went through the competition and I guess the final will determine where we stand as a team.”

Teapa said they were wary of the Turangi team and expecting them to bring a formidable side to battle for the title.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said Nikao had played well as a unit and only lost once during the round robin against Turangi. 

“This year something great has happened to the team – they were doing all the basic well throughout the round robin, winning seven of their eight games. Now they are in their first ever final,” Teinaki said.

“They have a number of experienced players in the side who will lead them in the final. Players like Melody Melota, Tomoale Pana, Patiiamai Ataela and their captain Deacon Teapa really need to step up and inspire their young side.”

Turangi is an experienced side when it comes to the knockout competition after appearing in a few finals over the years.

The side finished runner-up behind Tupapa in last year’s competition.

“Their performance in the semi-final was one of their top performance all season.  They need to continue that in the final. Vane Tangimetua (skipper) will ensure Turangi is ready to take on the Nikao side,” Teinaki said.

“Turangi side also has the likes of skillful young players such as Toutika Ioane, Mapu Maoate, Vane Jr Tangimetua and David Piakura. All are capable of doing severe damage to any opponent.”

In the women’s final which will start at 12 noon, Turangi will defend the title against Matavera.

“Turangi has been the most dominant side in the women's competition losing only once in the round robin against Matavera. The side has worked so hard throughout the season and that hard work paid off with another final,” Teinaki said.

“The team will be led by the experience of Josephine Maoate and Mona More. It has been a good season for Mona More as she is the leading run scorer in the women’s competition.”

Matavera also has some experienced players. The likes of Tina Mato, Apii Tangata, Bene Matapo and Phillica Maruariki will be guiding them against the favoured Turangi.

“This is the final showdown, team work is so crucial for any side that wants to win. Both teams got to have a good plan and execute them perfectly to give them a chance of winning the title. Good luck to both teams and may the best team win.”

Fans are invited to come and support their teams in the final.

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