Takapuna Cricket Club have taken out the Jeff Crowe Cup One-Day Final with a 43-run victory over Cornwall at Onewa Domain today.
Miserly bowling and an electric effort in the field meant the home side were able to defend 208/9, bowling Cornwall out for 165 in the 43rd over.
Earlier, Takapuna’s skipper Will O’Donnell won the toss and elected to bat first on a dusty, turning Onewa Domain track.
After losing Guy Harley, fellow opener Dan Ter Braak and Will O’Donnell came together putting on 89 for the second wicket against a spin heavy Cornwall attack.
Both batsmen showed patience at the crease with the occasional bust of power striking, an intimate knowledge of the home conditions apparent in the way they went about their business.
Cornwall fought back in the middle overs, removing both set batsmen within three overs of each other before Aniket Parikh got stuck into the Takapuna middle order.
Parikh bowled with great control, taking 4/46 from his nine overs while Sam Anderson was also in fine form with the ball, using his cutters and variations to claim 3/37 from his nine.
While the middle order didn’t fire for the home side, Elliott ‘Powerhouse’ Herd came in at number eight and shifted the momentum back to Takapuna smashing 42 off 22 balls including four big sixes.
Herd’s cameo helped Takapuna pass the 200 mark, posting a competitive 208/9 from their 50 overs.
The game was evenly poised at the break and Takapuna came out firing in the park, taking three wickets in the first ten overs with Cornwall going at a shade over three an over.
As drinks approached Herd came on to have a crack with the ball and Cornwall pro Brian Barnard cut loose.
Barnard treated those at Onewa Domain to a serious display of power hitting taking 34 off the Herd over including five sixes and a four, the shoe well and truly on the other foot.
Barnard passed fifty in the onslaught as Cornwall went to drinks with their tails up, the chase well on track.
However, left arm spinner Matt Jones struck a crucial blow after the break, having the Cornwall pro caught at slip for 61 off 49 balls.
As the game went deep, Takapuna continued to apply the pressure with the ball, Jones claiming 4/25, backed up by Matt Latham’s bag of tricks and Will O’Donnell’s off spin both claiming two wickets a piece.
Experienced campaigner Ryan Scivier was also at his miserly best with the ball, bowling five overs for just five runs and claiming one wicket.
His solitary pole was one of the final nails in the coffin for Cornwall, a stunning diving effort at mid-wicket from Simon Mathewson removing Aniket Parikh for 11.
A constant stream of wickets punctured Cornwall’s chase, the visitors never able to get partnerships of substance going.
Matt Latham had the honour of taking the final wicket, as the Takapuna Pirates erupted into celebration, a superb final and a well earnt victory for the home side.
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