Waitakere on way to Twenty20 final
Only one more win away from glory.
Waitakere are busy preparing for their home plate final date with Grafton tomorrow night in the Auckland premier Twenty20 competition.
In a one-sided affair Waitakere easily chased down North Shore's total at Te Atatu Park in last Wednesday's semifinal.
North Shore notched up 6/116 with Gene Andrews scoring 57 not out.
But it was Waitakere's Aaron Jeavons who had the last laugh.
The Englishman finished undefeated after a knock of 81 runs, including 10 fours and a six, to guide the hosts to a seven-wicket victory, chasing down the total to finish 3/117 with five overs remaining.
"I had a couple of handy partnerships to get the job done," Jeavons says.
"Overall it was a very clinical performance from our boys out there."
On the flipside Suburbs New Lynn's season has gone from bad to worse as it crumbled to its third straight defeat on Wednesday night in the one that really mattered.
Hosting East Coast Bays in the premier Twenty20 semifinal at Ken Maunder Park, the defending champions were keen to stop the rot that has seen them lose both their opening one-day matches for 2013, including the 69-run loss to the Bays on January 19.
It was a familiar scenario that added to their pain with the Bays progressing to the final tomorrow night against Cornwall.
After winning the toss, the visitors went to work with the bat.
Opener Craig Elliot (44 runs from 30 deliveries) and captain Bradley Schmulian (45 off 42) did the damage to help the Bays to 5/154 with the wickets coming from three catches and two runouts as Suburbs' bowlers failed to find the stumps.
They struggled all the way through their innings after losing early wickets and ended up well short on 9/135.
Sean Solia was a rare highlight with 43 not out from 34 balls faced.
Semifinal: East Coast Bays 5/154 (B Schmulian 45, J Nolen 2/32) defeated Suburbs New Lynn ( S Solia 43 not out, D Deeble 4/21).
Plate semifinal: North Shore 6/116 (G Andrews 57 not out) lost to Waitakere 3/117 (A Jeavons 81 not out).