West sunk in one-dayers
There was little reason to celebrate for West Auckland cricket tragics after Saturday's play in round five of the Jeff Crowe Cup.
Waitakere couldn't capitalise on its recent form resuming the one-day competition on Saturday after losing to Cornwall by a demoralising 123 runs at Cornwall Park.
Buoyed from their Twenty20 quarterfinal victory over Hibiscus Coast on Wednesday evening, Waitakere was looking to get their one-day campaign back on track.
But it appeared the visitors were still in holiday mode as Cornwall raced to an unassailable 8-269 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
No 2 batsman Rob Newton was the stand out as he steadied the ship for Cornwall with 80 runs from 85 balls.
It was a solid batting performance right through the order leaving the token highlight of Waitakere's Praneel Hira taking the team's best bowling figures of three wickets for 52 runs.
Waitakere needed their top order to fire with the blade but made the worst possible start when opener Hayden Pye-Redfearn was caught for a duck after only four deliveries.
Opener Aditya Dhadwal and Sean Chick in the middle order were the only talking points for Waitakere as they inevitably crumbled to 146 all out in the 32nd over.
Medium-pacer Hira says Cornwall played smart right throughout.
"Our bowling was rusty and we kept giving away the odd boundary. We needed close to six an over and at one point we were 2-5 but we had to try and keep moving.
"But Cornwall put the clamps on with their spinners and we were always behind the 8-ball," Hira says.
Suburbs New Lynn fared no better as Auckland University enjoyed a 44 run victory at Colin Maiden Park.
Suburbs sent University in to bat where they raced to 8-239.
University middle order batsmen TJ Mclaughlin (49) and Vedant Zaveri (48) were cruelly denied their half centuries as Sean Solia picked up both their wickets.
But the damage had been done and Suburbs fell short despite a captain's knock of 45 by Victor Davies.
The last wicket fell in the 45th over for 195 runs.
Suburbs player-coach Darren Eckford, who played on despite his side-strain injury, says it was simply a bad day at the office.
"It was just one of those days, they batted and bowled better than us."
Cornwall 8-269 (R Newton 80, A Sharma 37. P Hira 3-52) def. Waitakere 146 (A Dhadwal 39, S Chick 33. S Marra 4-55).
University 8-239 (TJ Mclaughlin 49, V Zaveri 48. J Nolen 3-50) def. Suburbs New Lynn 195 (V Davies 45, T Cullen 32. V Jeet 3-44).
- Western Leader
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