Huge weekend for Suburbs team

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014

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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.

"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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