Brains v brawn in the battle for the cup
Cornwall will face University in the Jeff Crowe Cup final this Sunday after both sides won nail biting semifinal encounters at the weekend.
Cornwall overcame a Reece Young century to defeat the defending champions Suburbs New Lynn at Ken Maunder Park.
Losing English professional Michael Thornely early was not the start Cornwall wanted but the visitors ensured they kept the scoreboard ticking over as they compiled a 221 total.
Suburbs reply went much the same way as the Cornwall innings, a regular loss of wickets being the result of keeping the scoreboard moving.
Young then decided
to take matters into his own hands.
The former Blackcap helped take suburbs to 199 before Teja Nidamanuru finally got a breakthrough to leave the hosts still needing 23 more runs with 20 balls and two wickets in hand.
Nidamanuru came through again making Young his fourth victim for an excellent 103.
Suburbs’ chase fell seven runs short meaning Cornwall will take on University for the trophy this coming Sunday at a venue to be determined.
Cornwall also notched up a first innings win over Ellerslie to reclaim the second spot in the minor championship on Saturday at Cornwall park.
Only two Ellerslie players reached double figures as Cornwall bowlers tore through the batting lineup.
The result sees Cornwall leapfrog Ellerslie into second place with both teams chasing the first placed North Shore.
North Shore widened the gap thanks to a first innings victory of Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park.
Roskill were bundled out for just 87 on the second morning of the game in response to the visitor’s first day total of 180.
Shore turned their attention to an outright result as they raced to 104/4 in 20 overs before declaring to leave the home team a target 197 for victory in the 48 overs that remained in the day.
Roskill finished with 189/9. The result gives Shore some breathing room ahead of Cornwall in the race for promotion.
Playing safe: Eden Roskill’s Syed Mujtaba defends his wicket.