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Napier Tech Old Boys claim Club Champs crown, Cornwall secure third

The finals day of the NZCT Club Champs was a reduced over affair with Napier Tech Old Boys claiming victory after an unbeaten tournament.

FINAL: Onslow v Napier Tech Old Boys

Napier Tech Old Boys have been crowned NZCT Club Champions after claiming a seven- wicket victory in today’s final against Onslow at Cornwall Park.

In a 23 over game, Onslow won the toss and elected to bat first with the openers getting them off to a solid start.

However, when both Andrew Fletcher (20) and Tim Robinson (20) were dismissed the remaining Onslow batting card didn’t step up with number ten Jack Sargentina (23) the only other player to reach double figures.

Christian Leopard was the chief destroyer with the ball for Napier Tech taking 3-8 in a devastating five over spell including two caught and bowled.

Bowled out for 108, Onslow needed quick wickets to get back in the contest and after striking in the second over it was game on.

However, Leopard (60*) continued his excellent day scoring an unbeaten half century at the top of the order at better than a run a ball.

Matthew Edmondson chipped in with a handy 28 as the Napier Tech side cruised to victory in the 19th over only three down.

Leopard smashing back-to-back sixes to put an exclamation mark on the victory.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

 

THIRD PLAYOFF: Cornwall v Burnside

Cornwall claimed third place after a close fought match against Burnside, the home side sneaking home with a nine-run victory as the light faded at Cornwall Park.

In a 20 over match on the number two, Cornwall were asked to bat first and were in immediate trouble losing four quick wickets to be 29/4.

However experienced heads Michael Guptill-Bunce (51) and Scott Marra (56) stepped up in the middle order to rescue their side from collapse.

Both players timed the ball well, Marra’s placement was at times impeccable on his way to his half century.

Keeper Jack Cassidy chipped in with a dinky 27* and Sam Crooks blasted a couple of late sixes to boost the Cornwall total to 185/7 from their 20 overs.

Burnside came out fighting with the bat, the openers putting on 55 in quick time to have Cornwall on the back foot.

However, PJ Thomas finally struck in the sixth over and along with a wicket from Sam Anderson brought their side back into the contest.

Cornwall’s bowlers stuck to the task and were backed up by a solid display in the field, Lance Rodrigues taking 3-33 from his four overs while Anderson (2-28) and Ben Naylor (2-34) took two wickets each.

As the light started to fade at Cornwall Park, the home side started to tighten the screws with the Burnside batting faltering.

Eventually the visitors needed 18 off the last Teja Nidamanuru over but couldn’t find the gaps, Cornwall winning by nine runs.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

 

FIFTH PLAYOFF: Pukekohe Metro v North East Valley

North East Valley registered their first win of the tournament with a 17-run victory over Pukekohe Metro on Cornwall number three.

North East Valley batted first and despite losing the top order cheaply, they posted 207/7 in their 20 overs.

Jimmy Neesham was at his blistering best smashing 75 off 33 balls, clearing the fence ten times in the knock.

Neesham had some assistance from the lower order with a couple of quick 20’s ensuring the Otago boys’ total eclipsed 200.

The massive total didn’t scare off the Pukekohe Metro batting lineup with Katene Clarke (29) smashing three quick bombs to get his side moving.

The rest of the top order stumbled however and Puke found themselves at 35/4.

That was where Ash Vodnala (87) came in at number six and took charge smashing his 87 off just 38 balls including eight sixes and five fours.

Unfortunately for Puke when Vodnala departed, so did their chances of winning, Neesham completing the job taking 3-32 with the ball.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

 

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