It was a typically big-scoring tussle on number three. MButcher/NZC

Hosts Cornwall tip hats to Teja



Cornwall (Auckland) v Burnside West (Canterbury)


On the small number three ground, Cornwall and Burnside West played out a high-scoring affair with both teams smashing more than 200 runs.

Burnside had been sent in by Cornwall and put on 94 for the first wicket, the Huyser brothers in belligerent form from the get-go.

Captain Carl Huyser (51) passed the half century mark with ease, but was dismissed soon after as a screamer was taken by Scott Marra at point.

From 94 for one, the hosts pegged the Cantabrians back to 101 for four, Louis Rodrigues (4-44) the best of the Cornwall bowlers.

Matt Hay blasted a quickfire 41 off 15 balls but, when he departed, the lower order was kept in check.

Burnside was eventually bowled out in the 31st over for a still-imposing 235.

With rain lurking about, the Cornwall chase got off to a shaky start, losing a couple of early wickets.

However, flamboyant number four Teja Nidamanuru (85) came in and showed why he was last year's player of the tournament, when he was repping Albion.

Nidamanuru was sublime in an innings which included nine sixes and six fours, his 85 coming off just 34 deliveries.

When he departed, the middle and lower order continued the good work even as the autumn evening gloom and showery weather set in.

Jack Cassidy (30) and Sam Anderson (39*) put on a partnership before Anderson and Scott Marra (27*) finished off a good chase with five overs in hand.

The home side had been made to work for the valuable four-wicket victory.

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