Jeff Crowe Cup Final Preview: Experienced heads to the fore

Traditional powerhouses Cornwall and Takapuna duke it out this Sunday in the Jeff Crowe Cup Final at Onewa Domain.

It could well be a case of ‘who spins it best’ with both sides boasting a collection of spinning options playing on a pitch that has been friendly to the tweakers all season.

Takapuna coach Shoruban Pasupati says his side are fired up for the occasion and is stoked to be playing on home soil.

“To be hosting the final is a massive bonus, the key to success is to focus on us and play the way we have played to get this far. Even though it’s a great occasion, it’s another game of one-day cricket. Having said that, we have our thoughts on attacking their batters in specific ways on our home pitch!” Pasupati says.

Takapuna’s coach says there’s been a buzz of excitement at training as anticipation builds for the final.

“It’s a brilliant time of year to be training with a massive purpose of winning a trophy for the club. Both teams deserve to be in the final, the boys are humming – excitement levels are boiling over” he says.

Meanwhile Cornwall will look to their experienced heads such as overseas pro Brian Barnard; a man who has already provided his side with some dominating white ball innings’ this season.

“You expect your senior experienced players to lead the performance, we will be looking to those guys to stand up and be counted,” Cornwall Coach Rex Smith says.

Smith wasn’t giving much away with his lineup for Sunday but did offer this insight when asked about the spin friendly conditions at Onewa.

“Spin bowling has played a significant part in our one-day line up for the past two or three years so we won’t be looking to depart too much from that formula,” he says.

“Takapuna are a good side and we are looking forward to it. They’ve been at the top or there abouts in the various competitions for the last few years so we know it will be a tough battle over there,” Smith says.

It’s sure to be an exciting final, the lure of a trophy for both teams will no doubt produce some excellent cricket.

Play will start at 11am at Onewa Domain and it appears for some, Sunday can’t come soon enough.

“The atmosphere will be awesome, we literally cannot wait,” Pasupati says.

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