Brains v brawn in the battle for the cup

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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.

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