Cornwall crowned Jeff Crowe Cup champions
Cornwall Cricket Club have won the Jeff Crowe Cup avenging their loss last season to claim a 25-run against Takapuna today at Cornwall Park.
After winning the toss, Cornwall got off to a solid start with the bat, Brian Barnard (99) and Amit Dhadwal (23) putting on 66 for the first wicket.
Barnard came into the contest as a pivotal member of the Cornwall batting lineup and he didn’t disappoint.
He continued his excellent form scoring at a fast pace setting his side up for a decent first innings total.
Dan James (1-36) and Elliott Herd (1-48) did an excellent job of slowing the run rate down in the middle overs despite Barnard’s best efforts.
Matt Jones (2-51) picked up the massive wicket of Barnard, the Cornwall opener falling agonisingly short of a well-deserved ton.
Teja Nidamanuru (43) and Jamie Hayes (36) provided some valuable middle order runs to help boost Cornwall up to a competitive 264/7.
The match was evenly poised at the halfway point, Takapuna needing five and a half an over to retain the Jeff Crowe Cup.
The visitors chase got off to a rocky start losing opener Dan ter Braak to an excellent piece of bowling from Nidamanuru in the fourth over.
Will O’Donnell (76) and Guy Harley (40) steadied the ship for the visitors putting on 79 for the 2nd wicket to bring Taka back into the game.
Craig Cachopa (35) kept the runs flowing for the visitors and with the total at 146/2 and Cachopa looking comfortable, Cornwall needed a wicket.
Nidamanuru stepped up to plate trapping Cachopa LBW to bring Cornwall roaring back into the contest.
O’Donnell continued his captain’s knock, working the ball and utilizing the big Cornwall boundaries.
However, when he mistimed a shot to square leg on 76 the tide turned towards the home side.
Cornwall started to put the squeeze on with Sam Anderson (1-51) and Scott Marra (2-34) slowing the scoring as the game went deep.
Matt Jones (18) tried valiantly to hit Taka to victory but he eventually fell to the star of the show with the ball – Teja Nidamanuru.
The Cornwall offie was simply unplayable finishing with figures of 4-19 from nine overs, a superb effort in the tense atmosphere of a final.
Eventually the task got too big on Taka, all out in the final over of the chase, Cornwall crowned Jeff Crowe Cup One-Day Champions for 2017/18.
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