Cornwall make final yet again
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.