Parnell will meet Howick Pakuranga in the 20/21 Jeff Crowe Cup Final after tense semifinal wins on Sunday.
In Richard Jones Cup action, Eden Roskill await the winner of the second semifinal after defeating Grafton at Keith Hay Park.
Jeff Crowe Cup | Semifinals
Cornwall 262/6 (Am Dhadwal 101, Ad Dhadwal 58, M Guptill-Bunce 45, D van Deventer 4-54) lost to Parnell 263/9 (A Lane 86, A Parikh 71, B Rae 31, B Rodden 31, S Karnik 4-46, M van den Berg 3-61) by one wicket.
Batting first, Cornwall benefitted from a pair of top-order partnerships. First, Amit Dhadwal and Michael Guptill-Bunce (45) laid the foundation with a 90-run stand for the first wicket. Amit was then joined by brother Aditya (58) and the pair took Cornwall through to 214.
Parnell fought back at that point as both set batsmen fell at 214, Amit finishing with 101 off 140 balls. With the death overs in full swing, the incoming batsmen took Cornwall through to 262/6 from their fifty overs. For Parnell, Dean van Deventer bagged a couple of wickets at the death to finish with figures of 4-54.
Parnell’s chase got off to a roaring start courtesy of a breezy 31 off 25 balls from Ben Rae. Both openers, however, were back in the pavilion by the 13th over with Swapnil Karnik building pressure through his initial three-over spell. Andy Lane (86) and Aniket Parikh (71) then put on the defining partnership, adding 132 for the third wicket. The pair negotiated their way past Cornwall’s spin quartet before finally falling before the death overs.
Michael van den Berg (3-61) then got in on the act to drag Cornwall back into the match. A tense final ten overs followed with Karnik (4-46) striking twice with the scores level in the final over. On the penultimate ball of the match, van Deventer and Henry King scampered a single to take Parnell to their third consecutive final.
North Shore 113 (D Grobbelaar 4-15) lost to Howick Pakuranga 114/6 (R Hira 3-20) by four wickets.
Howick Pakuranga’s hopes of a white-ball double remain alive after a four-wicket win over North Shore at Devonport Domain. Winning the toss and batting first, North Shore found themselves in early trouble as Donovan Grobbelaar (4-15) made the most of the new ball on a tricky surface.
The Howick Pakuranga attack fell in behind their all-rounder, applying pressure to the North Shore middle order. Harmeet Singh (2-23), Adam Jones (2-30) and Rowan Naude (1-14) used the conditions to their advantage as the hosts were all out for 113 on the final ball of the inning. Manaia Harris’ 26 off 61 balls gave Shore something to bowl at, but it would take something special.
Simon Keene had not given up belief taking wickets in his first two overs to send shivers through the Howick Pakuranga line-up. David Winn (22) and Donovan Grobbelaar (29) decided to take an aggressive approach and it proved a masterstroke. Grobbelaar’s 2 fours and 2 sixes eased some of the Alpaca nerves.
Ronnie Hira (3-20) then gave North Shore another sniff with the wickets of both Winn and Grobbelaar. Though Howick Pakuranga lost three more wickets, there was little pressure to score. Ollie Blandford (18*) and Rutvik Botadra (11*), who took three catches on his wicket-keeping debut for Howick Pakuranga, ensured there would be no late drama, booking the Alpacas’ ticket to the Final on Sunday 7 March.
Richard Jones Cup | Semifinals
Grafton 146 (D Gunawardene 31) lost to Eden Roskill 148/6 (A Bhardwaj 50, R Sandhu 30) by four wickets.
Eden Roskill are into the Richard Jones Cup Final after a nervy four-wicket win over Grafton. The visitors decided to make first use of the Keith Hay Park wicket and it didn’t exactly go to plan, losing both openers inside the first ten overs. Just when it looked like Sineth Gunawardene (31) was up and away, Jeet Kumar gave Roskill their third wicket.
The Roskill bowlers weren’t about to let the visitors back into the match with left-arm spin duo Kumar (2-22) and Umang Patel (2-25) maintaining the pressure. While cameos by Nikheil Bhana and Jack Duffy lifted Grafton to 146, Roskill would have been buzzing going in at the break. Raja Sandhu also took 2-29 ticking the bowling box of an all-round performance.
Aman Bhardwaj took the sting out of the chase with a dashing 50 off 39 balls. With 6 fours and a six, the opener raced Roskill out to 66/1 at the end of 10 overs. Bhadwaj’s dismissal triggered a collapse as Bhana (2-24) and Dylan Taylor (2-38) threatened to run through the Roskill middle-order.
Still needing 47 runs to win, Kumar (22*) and Sandhu (30*) came together for the seventh wicket. The pair played positively to see their side into the Richard Jones Cup Final with more than 22 overs to spare.
The second Richard Jones Cup semifinal between Papatoetoe and Birkenhead was postponed due to recent events. That match is scheduled to take place this Sunday at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground.