The CricHQ T20 Cup moves on to the semi-finals next week, with Easts, Taita, Karori, and Onslow all recording comfortable wins in the knock-out quarter-finals on Valentine’s Day.
Kilbirnie Park saw the highest scoring game of the quarter-finals as Easts and Hutt Districts scored more than 350 runs between them. Batting first, Easts compiled 194 for 7 as Wellington Firebirds’ batsman, Fraser Colson, top-scored with 57 off just 25 balls. As he has done all season, Deepak Joon led the way for Hutt Districts, hitting 79 – including nine 4s – but he lacked the support required for a chase of that magnitude. Hutt finishing on 167 for 5 with Iain McPeake adding a quick-fire 26* to be the only other visiting batsman to pass 20.
Batting first at Anderson Park, Wellington Collegians’ innings never really got going with six batsman hitting double-figures but none managing more than 25. Their total of 127 for 9 was always going to be difficult to defend against an in-form Taita top-order and the task became impossible when Mitchell Scott stepped up to anchor the chase. The opening batsman hit 88* to lead his side to victory in 15.1 overs.
Tom Blundell returned to Karori Park and lined up alongside fellow Firebirds’ Hamish Marshall, Stephen Murdoch, and Pete Younghusband while BLACKCAPS’ U19 opener, Jakob Bhula, added even more fire power to the home side. Blundell top-scored for Karori with 58* off 35 balls, clearing the ropes four times. In reply, another Firebird stepped up for Victoria University, unfortunately Devon Conway’s 39 was their only score in excess of 20 as Younghusband and regular Wellington A contributor, Sam Noster, each took 3 wickets. VUW’s innings lasted a ball short of 17 overs, dismissed for 105.
At Onslow, via Worcestershire, George Rhodes completed the trend of winning sides having a batsman pass 50 as his 64 off 44 balls led Onslow past Petone-Eastbourne at Nairnville Park. The home side batted first, making 159 for 6 with Rhodes well-supported by Wellington A batsman, Andrew Fletcher (48). Petone’s reply ended at 107 as Rhodes completed a good all-round performance with two wickets. Calvin Harrison claimed 3 for 21, each of his wickets key in stopping any momentum that Petone threatened to gain.
In the semi-finals next week, Taita will be looking to push on to their third final appearance in as many seasons while the other three teams will all be keen to take the trophy off the defending champs.
Taita v Easts
Karori v Onslow
5.30pm, Thursday 22nd February*
Both games are being played at Karori Park
* Due to the Wellington A game Mon-Weds next week, the semi-finals will be played on Thursday. Sunday 25th is the rain date.