Jeff Crowe Cup – Preliminary Semi Finals Report
Cornwall and North Shore have earned themselves Jeff Crowe Cup semi-final spots after winning their respective preliminary semi-finals today in two hard fought contests.
At Eastdale Reserve, Suburbs New Lynn hosted Cornwall with the visitors claiming a three-wicket victory thanks to a measured chasing century from opener Amit Dhadwal (106*).
Suburbs batted first losing early wickets as Lance Rodrigues (4-30) knocked the top off.
However, James Parslow (98) rallied with the lower order to put a respectable 228/8 on the board for his side from 48 overs.
Parslow played a controlled knock finding the fence 10 times and clearing it twice while Sam Anderson (3-53) did a decent holding job for the visitors with the ball.
Honours were even at the halfway stage and quickly swung in the home side’s favour when Josh Presland (4-42) struck a double blow in the third over.
The Cornwall top six scored 108 runs between them, 106* came from opener Amit Dhadwal who remained calm as wickets tumbled around him.
Dhadwal has scored some important runs this season and his controlled century in the chase today was some of his best.
He went at shade under a run-a-ball and found some batting solidarity, first from Jack Cassidy (51) and then Scott Marra (60).
Marra was particularly brutal striking at 200 clearing the fence five times giving the Cornwall chase a boost as they eclipsed the Suburbs total in the 44th over, seven wickets down.
Over at Devonport Domain, it was another victory for the chasing team with North Shore hunting down East Coast Bays’ total of 180 with three overs to spare to claim a four-wicket victory.
There were contributions throughout the Bays batting effort with no one going on to score big.
Connor Ridge (33) top scored for the visitors in the middle order with Tendai Chitongo claiming a match defining 5-19 with the ball for Shore from his ten overs.
Chitongo was virtually unplayable ripping the heart out of the visitors batting lineup with good support from Gus McKenzie (3-24) and Ronnie Hira (2-33).
With a middling total to defend, the ECB bowlers needed to start well and it was that man Chris Groenink (2-53) with two early wickets to put them right in the contest.
Hira (42) and Michael Olsen (19) steadied things in the early overs for Shore but when they both departed within an over of each other, it was once again game on at Devonport.
Luckily for the home side Chitongo (52*) hadn’t finished his day’s work just yet, a half century coming at the perfect time along with Simon McGowan (54*).
The pair basically shut out any chance ECB had of getting back in the contest to secure a four-wicket victory inside 48 overs.
The Jeff Crowe Cup semi-finals are now locked in with two derbies set down for February 18.
Cornwall travel to Shore Road to take on Parnell while over on the Shore it will be Takapuna hosting North Shore at Onewa Domain.
Suburbs New Lynn 228/8 (J Parslow 98, H Vyas 36; L Rodrigues 4-30, S Anderson 3-53) lost to Cornwall 236/7 (A Dhadwal 106*, S Marra 60, J Cassidy 51; J Presland 4-42)
East Coast Bays 180 (C Ridge 33; T Chitongo 5-19, G McKenzie 3-24) lost to North Shore 184/6 (S McGowan54*, T Chitongo 52*, R Hira 42)