Mike Duncraft wept. Others wandered round with silent smiles that stretched from ear to ear. There were man-hugs. There were man-woman-hugs. There were woman-woman hugs. There were cheers and back slaps. And everyone wandered with a stunned look in their eyes, as if they had just witnessed the unbelievable happening. Even the players looked stunned.
And so they should be. Not one of the those players who played in last night's Auckland T/20 Final against Takapuna at Onewa Domain last evening were even born the last time North Shore won a major Auckland trophy.
Rain, fading light and a very competitive Takapuna side wasn't going to come in the way of Shore on their way to the victory.
Batting first Shore were able to put on a solid total of 162/5. Similar to their form during the regular season no one player in the order stood out but enough made contributions that they were able to move through to a defendable position. All of the top order were able to get some sort of start. Aakash Choudhary providing flourish through the middle and late overs with 34. While Takapuna were able to take regular wickets they weren’t able to really stifle Shore’s momentum.
A huge crowd of North Shore supporters were there to applaud every ball.
In response Takapuna’s chase could be summed up by their first over. Carl Brungar had the big wicket of Brad Cachopa’s wicket with just the third ball. A familiar pattern then developed where while Takapuna was scoring they simply kept losing wickets but with Shore bowling and fielding brilliantly, Taka were falling short of the required pace. A useful middle-order partnership started to show promise, but just as it looked to get going, Tim Duncraft took a stunning one-handed catch on the boundary to break it.
Late hope was sparked when it looked like Takapuna was slipping too far behind the required rate, but no-one could hang on as Shore stuck to it's task and wickets tumbled at the close, giving Shore victory by 10 runs.
A great Team effort!
One that would have made everyone of those whose faces hang in photographs on the clubroom walls very proud indeed!