Huge weekend for Suburbs team

16:00, Mar 03 2014
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Manukau assistant coach & former All Black Frank Bunce has a word at half-time. Rugby Union, Waka Nathan Challenge Cup, Manukau v Grammar Carlton
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Grammar TEC lock Ray Tatafu is tackled by Manukau's Sione To'a & Sosaia Tuihalanoingue.
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Grammar TEC right wing Sitivini Ramatalei scoots past Manukau right wing Semisi Tongotongo.
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Grammat TEC hooker Simione Hafoka is tackled by Manukau lock Heamasi Tufui.
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Grammar TEC centre Dylan Rangi is tackled by Manukau second-five Aki Kaumavae.
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Grammar TEC lock Andrew Springay wins lineout ball.
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Grammar TEC fullback Robert Tupou in action.
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Mt Albert's Freya Bullock in action. Women's Softball, Mt Albert Ramblers v Waitakere Bears, Meadowlands Reserve
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Waitakere's Michal Tangaroa hits a foul ball.
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Waitakere's Rebecca Bromhead slides into second base ahead of Mt Albert's Katrina Nukunuku.
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Mt Albert's Jodi Byles is congratulated by her team mates.
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Waitakere's Michal Tangaroa and Mt Albert's Andrea Griffiths clash.
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Mt Albert's Jordan Leigh Koni and Waitakere's Kayla Clark clash.
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Western celebrate another run. Women's Softball, Western Magpies v Otahuhu, Meadowlands Reserve.
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Western's Kayla Rountree takes off for first base.
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Otahuhu's Santana Harris in action.
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Western's Jennifer Feret (right) and Kaleo Eldredge clash.
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Western's Carina Hale throws to first base.
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Otahuhu's Samantha Parks delivers a pitch.
Cornwall Vs Suburbs New Lynn
A new batsman to the crease states his claim early as he hits the ball to the boundry for 4 runs. Cricket, One Day Semi Final, Suburbs New Lynn v Cornwall.
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Cornwall's batsmen add more runs to the board.
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Suburbs bowler Sean Solia celebrates taking the wicket of Cornwall's Arvinesh Sharma.
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Suburbs Darren Eskford bowls.
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Cornwall's Michael Thornley at the crease.
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Umpire Jayath Batuwangala signals a wide.
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Suburbs keeper Jonothon Bassett-Graham in action.

It seems Suburbs New Lynn and Parnell can't get enough of each other.

After two long days and more than 150 overs in the Hedley Howarth play-offs, the two sides will meet again for the Jeff Crowe Cup one-day final on March 16.

It was a big weekend for Suburbs New Lynn who celebrated a first innings' victory in the Hedley Howarth on Saturday at Ken Maunder Park.

They then had to back it up on Sunday again at Ken Maunder Park with a cracking victory against Cornwall in the Jeff Crowe semifinals.

Scorekeeper Ian Donnelly says some of the team were hoping to finish early to get along to see Bruce Springsteen's concert at Mt Smart Stadium.

"It's a bit hard to get all the scores in on time after a weekend like that.

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"After I spent all day on the sidelines it was amazing to see a guy my age jumping around on stage," Donnelly says.

But the business had to be taken care of first in the Hedley Howarth.

After bowling Parnell out for 146 runs on day one, Suburbs resumed day two on 25-2.

But no further wickets fell with Sean Solia and Reece Young hammering 143 runs between them to reach 171-2 declared.

Playing for bonus points in the second innings Parnell had the upper hand, declaring on 211-6 with Suburbs scoring 180-3 in reply.

On Sunday attention turned to the Jeff Crowe Cup semifinal.

Cornwall notched up 215-7 from their 50 overs with Suburbs securing the win in the 48th over at 216-4.

Suburbs player-coach Darren Eckford says it was one of the best weekends of cricket he's ever been involved in.

"I didn't have to get my batting gear out of the car at all, that shows our batsmen are really finding form."

Suburbs play Takapuna next in the Hedley Howarth playoffs on Saturday.

At Keith Hay Park it was also a good Saturday for Waitakere City who defeated Eden Roskill in the Tom Hellaby Trophy.

Waitakere took the match in the second innings with a seven wicket victory.

In the Auckland Secondary Schools first XI competition on Saturday all three West Auckland sides were dealt some harsh lessons in the final games of the round robin.

Hosts Rangitoto College overpowered Avondale College by 130 runs.

Rangitoto batted first and posted 212-6 with Avondale's batsmen capitulating on 82 all-out in reply.

Liston College were also roughed up by Saint Kentigern College by 265 runs and Kelston Boys High School managed just 60 runs against King's College who chased it down only losing one wicket.

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