26 Jun, Sunday

Cornwall crowned Jeff Crowe Cup Champions

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Cornwall crowned Jeff Crowe Cup Champions

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Picturesque Cornwall Park provided the perfect venue for the 2014/15 Jeff Crowe Cup final with hosts Cornwall defeating Auckland University by 32 runs to claim the trophy.

Cornwall won the toss and elected to bat, but despite all of their top five reaching double figures they looked in danger of recording a sub-par total when they slipped to 118-7, with all seven of the bowlers used by Varsity up to that point claiming a wicket.

Brad Chemaly and Teja Nidamanuru (12) attempted to rebuild the innings with a 20-run eighth wicket partnership before Chemaly and Jack Cassidy put on a crucial 50-run stand for the ninth wicket. Cassidy struck a quickfire 23 from 25 deliveries, while Chemaly went on to record a battling half-century which took his side up to a competitive total of 186.

University appeared to be cruising in the run chase when Amit Dhadwal was at the crease. Dhadwal struck a pair of sixes and 4 fours on his way to his sixth half century of the season, taking his side to 94/2 in the process with just 20 overs gone.

However Dhadwal’s run out dramatically altered the direction of the game as the University middle-order imploded as five wickets fell for just 21 runs. Tarun Nethula was the chief instigator of the collapse claiming 3/28 from his nine overs.

Vedant Zaveri and skipper Vamshi Puppala tried their best to rebuild the innings, but when Zaveri was dismissed for 17, and overseas professional Anthony Ireland became the third University run out victim in the very next over, the game was as good as over. Teja Nidamanuru then dismissed Puppala for 25 to seal the win and spark scenes of jubilation amongst the players and home supporters.

Cornwall will now go on to represent Auckland in the National Club Championships which they will host this April. However before then they will be focused on trying to regain promotion to the Major Championship as they currently sit five points behind leaders North Shore on the Hedley Howarth Trophy ladder.

Cornwall 186 (B Chemaly 50, A Ireland 3/29) defeated Auckland University 154 (AM Dhadwal 53, T Nethula 3/28) by 32 runs.

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