Premier T20 semi-finals promise plenty of action

The Premier Men’s T20 Championship approaches the sharp end tomorrow as the competition reaches the semi-finals – Howick Pakuranga hosts Suburbs New Lynn and Takapuna hosts Cornwall.

The match from Onewa Domain will be live-streamed on Auckland Cricket’s YouTube Channel.

Cornwall co-captain Sam Anderson says his team respects the challenge that Takapuna will pose at home.

“They’re a gritty tea, and they’re pretty well-balanced in terms of players. We’re looking forward to it – we’ve had some good battles with them in the past.”

Cornwall started their campaign with a loss to Grafton, but since then have gone unbeaten in pool play, culminating with a victory over Howick Pakuranga on Saturday.

“We were knocked out of the competition in the semi-finals last year,” says Anderson.

“So we definitely want to go one better tomorrow.”

Takapuna captain Will O’Donnell says the Pirates are feeling confident after going through the round-robin undefeated.

“We’re keen to get out there on our home ground. The team’s been playing well, and we’ll get a boost from having my brother Robbie and Craig Cachopa coming into the team.”

The Pirates are also getting overseas reinforcements.

“Elliott Herd is over from Sydney, and he’s going to slot into the side as well.”

Still O’Donnell isn’t taking Cornwall lightly.

“They’ve got some good bowlers – Matt Quinn and Teja Nidamanuru in particular.

“We’ll probably look to play a bit more carefully to them, but you don’t want to show too much respect – if the ball is there to be hit you want to go after it.”

With the Aces available for both games, there will be plenty of action in both North and South.

The two matches both start at 5:30pm tomorrow. The final will be played on Sunday at Eden Park Outer Oval.