Cricket champs go down again

Wednesday October 16, 2019 Written by Published in Cricket
Run out! … Tupapa collects a wicket against Takuvaine in Rarotonga Cricket Club competition round four match on Saturday. Tupapa won the match by 64 runs. 19101205 Run out! … Tupapa collects a wicket against Takuvaine in Rarotonga Cricket Club competition round four match on Saturday. Tupapa won the match by 64 runs. 19101205

Defending men’s champion Turangi suffered another shock loss in the Rarotonga Cricket Club competition.


The side went down to minnows Muri by 43 runs in round four clash at Nukupure Park on Saturday.

Muri went in to bat first and scored 147 runs for six from their 20 overs. 

It was a great all-round performance from Muri batsman Pakia Wichman who scored 58 not out. Wichman was also brilliant with the ball after collecting two maidens in four overs that he bowled. 

In reply, Turangi fell short of target, managing only 105 runs from their 20 overs, to hand Muri the win.

Turangi has lost three matches from four played so far. Earlier in the competition, the team went down to Nikao and Arorangi.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said Turangi needed to win their remaining matches to stay in contention for a top four finish.

“I think Turangi is in danger zone and may not be able to make the top four unless they win all their remaining matches,” Teinaki said.

Turangi has lost some key players to other clubs and this could be one of the reasons for their dismal form in the competition.

Teinaki said key players Tiri Toa and Pakia Wichman were now playing for the neighbouring Muri side.

“There has been a shift of players from Turangi to other clubs and I think this could be a factor behind the team’s recent poor performance.”

Last year’s runner-up Nikao Wolves maintain their top standing after a massive win against Tupapa II.  Nikao batted first and scored 225 runs from their 20 overs to remain unbeaten in the competition.

Matavera, who are also in the lead, overcame Nikao II by 100 runs in another men’s clash.

Matavera batted first and scored 216 runs from their 20 overs. Ben Vakatini was the superstar for Matavera scoring 107 runs. In reply, Nikao II were all out for 116 runs.

TheArorangi versus Tavana saw some big scores with the former batting first and managing a massive 325 runs for six.

“The important thing in this inning was the top scorer Taiki George, a 14 year old, who scored 82 runs. Taiki is a future superstar of the game,” Davis Teinaki noted.

In reply, Tavana were all out for 172 runs, handing Arorangi a whopping 153 run win. Tavana stalwart Tom Vea was their top performer, scoring 87 runs not out. 

Giants Tupapa maintain their push for the top place after beating Takuvaine by 131 runs.

Takuvaine won the toss and graciously gave the opportunity to Tupapa to bat first. Tupapa scored a total of 254 runs for three.

Toala “Tank” Teinaki, a former Panthers captain, stole the show for Tupapa scoring 137 runs not out. He recorded 15 fours and 12 sixes. He was well assisted by Kunta Ritawa (60 runs not out).

In reply, Takuvaine were all out for 123 runs with Runanga Atiau scoring 44 runs.

Tupapa’s Toni Piira bowled exceptionally well, picking six wickets from four overs.  

In the women’s competition, table toppers Turangi suffered a shock loss, going down to Avana by three wickets.

Turangi batted first and scored 87 runs for six, with Mona More top scoring on 37 runs. In reply, Avana overcame the target with three wickets to spare.

In the other women’s matches, Tupapa defeated Takuvaine by 64 runs while Matavera overcame Nikao.

Tupapa batted first and scored 148 runs for seven from their 20 overs. In reply, Takuvaine were all out for 84 runs.

The round five competition will be held this Saturday.

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