Corn­wall make fi­nal yet again

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Corn­wall have con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance of Auck­land’s one-day cricket com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing the fi­nal of this year’s Jeff Crowe Cup thanks to an im­pres­sive 31-run win over ri­vals North Shore in the semi­fi­nals on Sun­day.

It’s the third con­sec­u­tive one­day fi­nal for the club, who nar­rowly lost to Sub­urbs New Lynn last year af­ter win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

Corn­wall didn’t make it easy for them­selves how­ever, post­ing a mod­est to­tal of 209 in the first in­nings.

The fine work of 21-year-old Shas­tryn Nair, who opened the bat­ting for Corn­wall reach­ing his high­est premier grade score of 93, was a sav­ing grace.

The bowlers, how­ever, were able to pro­tect the to­tal, in the end knock­ing North Shore off for just 178 in 44 overs.

They will now face ei­ther Taka­puna or Sub­urbs New Lynn on March 19, though the thought of fac­ing the club that beat them in last year’s fi­nal is not some­thing that both­ers coach Rex Smith.

‘‘This is our third fi­nal in a row,’’ Smith said.

‘‘So I think we do know how to play in a fi­nal.

‘‘We won in 2015 so we know what it takes.’’

It’s al­most the com­plete an­tithe­sis of Corn­wall’s form in the the two-day com­pe­ti­tion, where they sit in the rel­e­ga­tion zone of the Hed­ley Howarth stand­ings.

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