The Jeff Crowe Cup finalists have been found. The One-Day competition will see a repeat of last year’s final after Parnell and Suburbs New Lynn won dramatic semifinals to advance to the big dance.
Jeff Crowe Cup Semifinals
Parnell vs. Takapuna – Shore Road
For the first time in Jeff Crowe Cup history, a match has been decided by a Super Over with Parnell overcoming a nervy finish to their 50 overs against Takapuna to book their place in the final.
The first innings started in typical Pirates’ fashion with Max O’Dowd (42) and Will O’Donnell (40) sailing through the opening 10 overs. Fanie de Villiers (3-37) and Josh Fisher hit back as the Peaches took 3-15 in the space of five overs. Harry Miller clung on to the first two of six catches for the day and Takapuna hit choppy water at 90/3.
Mike Sclanders and Quinn Sunde (36) provided middle-order stability, putting on 67 in good time. Off-spinner Nikith Perera led a second Parnell fightback with a pair of crucial wickets, but while Sclanders remained, Takapuna were in reasonable shape.
Heading into the death overs, Ganesh Ratnasabapathy returned to the attack. The opening bowler had Sclanders caught for 49 before Aniket Parikh and Ollie Pringle chimed in to bowl Takapuna out for 239.
Parnell’s openers Ben Rae (77) and Jack Parsons (39) matched the Pirates start. While it came slightly slower, at 151/1, with Rae and an in-form Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (42) at the crease, Parnell were well on course for victory.
It all then started to happen for Takapuna. Ross ter Braak found the edge of McGregor-Sumpter, Sclanders bowled Rae and the visitors began to push up the required run-rate. Pringle (47) was tasked with getting the chase back on track and, with a four and 4 sixes, he did just that.
When Pringle was caught at the end of the 48th over, Parnell needed 16 off the final 12 balls. The twists and turns continued. Seven runs came from the penultimate over before Parikh seemingly eased the pressure with a boundary to start the final over.
ter Braak (4-55) mustered the character and resolve to keep Parnell honest. With the hosts needing two runs from four balls, the left-armer trapped both Parikh and Fisher in front before Brad Rodden was run-out. Three wickets in three balls left Parnell needing two from the last ball. A single followed and the scores were tied.
Parnell batted first in the Super Over. ter Braak was thrown the ball again to see if he could repeat his final over heroics. ter Braak took another two wickets, but not before Parnell took ten runs from the over.
For Parnell, Pringle bowled the Super Over. The first four balls went for just three runs before Pringle had both O’Donnell and O’Dowd caught to keep Parnell’s hopes of defending their title alive.
Takapuna 239 (M Sclanders 49, M O’Dowd 42, W O’Donnell 40, Q Sunde 36, F de Villiers 3-37) tied with Parnell 239/7 (B Rae 77, O Pringle 47, F McGregor-Sumpter 42, J Parsons 39)
Parnell 10/2 defeated Takapuna 3/2 in the Super Over.
Cornwall vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Cornwall Park
Suburbs New Lynn booked their spot in the Jeff Crowe Final with a stunning fightback against Cornwall.
Batting first, Suburbs found themselves in early trouble. In-form opener Raj Majithia was the first to go before Swapnil Karnik (2-28) tied up the Suburbs’ top order. Karnik bowled Tristan Payle for 34 and had Michael Barry caught behind, either side of Lucas Dasent sneaking one through Mitchell Murray.
Spin played a huge role in Cornwall’s effort to keep Suburbs grounded. At 63/4, Jonny Bassett-Graham was forced to fight through the spin bowling of not only Karnik and Dasent but also the experienced duo of Scott Marra and Brad Chemaly.
Bassett-Graham (51) found support in his lower order, who helped Suburbs past 150. While the Cornwall spin quartet kept it tight and tidy, it was seamers Abidine Sakande (3-55) and Matt Gibson (2-41), who did the late damage. Suburbs finished with 189/9 on what proved a tricky surface to get in on.
After lunch, it was as though Cornwall were playing on a different pitch. Openers Amit Dhadwal (69) and Caleb Brookland (56) wiped away a significant chunk of the chase, putting on 118 for the first wicket. Then left-arm spinner Murray turned the match on its head.
Murray (3-19) picked up both openers and first drop Aditya Dhadwal in the space of six overs as Cornwall began to wobble. There was still work to do for both sides. Enter Carl Brungar. The right-armer eased into his second spell with a pair of tidy overs before the collapse continued.
Brungar (5-30) then ran through the lower order taking five wickets in four overs to decimate Cornwall’s chase. George Hanham combined with wicketkeeper Payle to complete the run out of Dasent, otherwise, it was Brungar’s time to shine.
The collapse was complete when Max Harris claimed the final wicket of Karnik. Cornwall had lost 10 for 45 as Suburbs stormed into the Jeff Crowe Cup final with a 26-run win.
Suburbs 189/9 (J Bassett-Graham 51, T Payle 34, A Sakande 3-55) defeated Cornwall 163 (Am Dhadwal 69, C Brookland 56, C Brungar 5-30, M Murray 3-19) by 26 runs.
Jeff Crowe Cup Final
Parnell vs. Suburbs New Lynn
Sunday 1st March