Bitter day for West sides

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 13:59 18/02/2013

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Cricket fans had little to write home about on Sunday as all three West Auckland sides fell to defeat.

Waitakere were forced to settle for second-best in the final round of the Pearl Dawson one-day women's premier cricket competition with a heavy loss to Cornwall at Te Atatu Park on Saturday.

The home side were fighting to book a grand final spot on March 2 but will have to settle for the third-place playoff as Cornwall piled on the pressure and never let up.

Waitakere took to the crease with bat in hand but their poor shot selection was punished with a scoreline of 123 all out in the 45th over.

Captain Samantha Curtis was bowled out early by Auckland Hearts teammate Rosie Cox and Waitakere continued to erode from there despite Natasha Pereira top-scoring with 28 not out for the hosts.

Waitakere co-captain Regina Lilii says there was a real lack of cohesion at the crease from her side.

"It certainly wasn't our best game.

"We couldn't get any decent partnerships going.

"Cornwall bowled well but there were also some cheap wickets which really sank us," Lilii says.

Cornwall breezed to victory in the 31st over.

In the Hedley Howarth men's two-day competition Suburbs New Lynn let East Coast Bays get away from them at Windsor Park after a first innings collapse with the bat but are still in the top four.

Waitakere crashed out of the Hedley Howarth two-dayers to Ellerslie who batted all day in the second innings at Michaels Ave to put the match beyond doubt.

RESULTS Men's premier results: East Coast Bays 161 and 9/154 dec (B Schmulian 83, V Davies 5-34) def Suburbs New Lynn 157 (S Variath 69, S Lipshaw 4-34) and 0-4. Ellerslie 117 and 204 (S Kearns 53, M Wall 52, R Evans-Moore 9-64) def Waitakere 95.

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