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Takapuna and Howick Pakuranga take T20 semis

The Auckland Premier Men’s T20 finalists have been found after two impressive battles on a glorious Auckland evening.

At Onewa Domain, Cornwall made the best start possible after being sent out to bowl against Takapuna. Teja Nidamanuru dismissed Max O’Dowd in the second ball of the match.

Will O’Donnell and Hendrik van Vuuren put on 39 runs before Evan Jones removed van Vuuren in the seventh over.

In the 11th over Will O’Donnell was joined by brother Robbie and the pair put on an entertaining partnership. This included a moment in the 15th over when Robbie flat-batted the ball straight back into Will, who fell to the ground clutching his shoulder. It cost Takapuna fur runs and Will likely the worst dead arm his older brother ever gave him.

Takapuna finished their 20 overs at 140/3 – Will O’Donnell top-scored with 57* off 58, and Robbie made 37* off 28.

Cornwall then got their innings off to a flier. Evan Jones hit four sixes in his 32-ball 45, and at 60/0 after eight overs, Cornwall were looking very good.

O’Dowd then came on and made an immediate impression with the ball. He took two wickets in his first over, and with Elliott Herd put the brakes on Cornwall’s progress.

Needing 48 off the last five overs, Cornwall had Michael Guptill-Bunce and Sam Anderson at the crease. Losing three wickets, they required 13 off the last over to win. Ultimately, the batsmen couldn’t get anything over the rope, and Takapuna won by six runs.

At Lloyd Elsmore Park, Howick Pakuranga batted first against Suburbs New Lynn. Opening with Matt McEwan and Glenn Phillips, the Alpacas had some hitting available.

Dane Watson started with a maiden for Suburbs, and Sam Devereaux dismissed McEwan in the fourth over.

Phillips anchored the early part of the innings, partnering with Donovan Grobbelaar for 43 off 37.

After the pair were dismissed, Howick Pakuranga lost some of their momentum, and Suburbs took regular wickets. Howick Pakuranga finished their 20 overs on 144/9.

Suburbs New Lynn also brought their big guns to open the batting, Jeet Raval and Sean Solia facing off against Aces teammates Mitchell McClenaghan and Grobbelaar.

The Alpacas were frankly spoiled for choice with their bowling attack. Jamie Brown was left on the sidelines, Howick Pakuranga with four First-Class seamers in the team already.

Danru Ferns came on in the fifth over and bowled a double-wicket maiden. Combined with a run-out in the same over, Suburbs were left reeling at 19/4.

From there, they never really recovered. The Suburbs batsman couldn’t get the bowlers away, and Victor Davies’ top score of 21 was the only total scored at more than a run-a-ball.

When McClenaghan took two wickets in the 15th over, the result was inevitable. In the end Suburbs saw out their 20 overs, but were 40 runs short.

The Pirates and the Alpacas will be duking it out for the T20 Championship this Sunday, 1:00pm at Eden Park Outer Oval. Entry is free and Brothers Beer will be on-site for refreshment. Club cricket supporters are in for a great match and a fantastic afternoon.

Takapuna v Cornwall full scorecard

Howick Pakuranga v Suburbs New Lynn full scorecard

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