Karori Cricket Club boys just wanted to get on with it yesterday afternoon.
Getting back to Wellington in time for the All Blacks versus Argentina quarter-final match in the Rugby World Cup at 8.30pm was on the top of their agenda.
The visitors didn't have it all their way but they weren't complaining when the umpires lifted the bails to end the final game against Nfinite Fitness Cornwall during the inaugural Twenty20 tournament in Napier.
The Simon Baker-led city slickers had beaten the Hastings club by 20 runs after winning the toss and padding up to post 132-9 at Nelson Park.
"We'll miss watching that game now [at home] but we'll probably stop at a pub in Eketahuna or somewhere like that to watch some footy," Baker said with a smile.
He complimented Hawke's Bay Cricket for a well-organised tourney that Karori aim to return to next summer.
"It was cold for the first couple of days but it came all right today.
"There was less and less rust and we cleared up a few cobwebs and came all right today, I thought," Baker said after Karori lost their first game to Taradale on a "tricky track" on Friday to their lowest score.
"A few of the boys were probably excited and had had a few too many on the Friday and suffered in the first game."
Having won every premier club title in the Wellington competition last summer, Karori were happy to start their 2011-12 campaign on the right note.
"It's one thing to work hard enough to win a competition and it's another to work hard to keep winning," Baker said, keen to develop young talent, such as Craig Cachopa, youngest brother of Cornwall and Central Districts Stags player Carl Cachopa, into Wellington Firebirds material.
Craig Cachopa top scored with 49 not out for Karori in the final while J Sewell and Baker got two wickets each.
For Cornwall, CD rep Tarun Nethula top scored with 23 and also was most economical with 2 wickets at 3.33 runs an over while Ben Jackett claimed three scalps at 4.25 runs an over.
Karori have just one Firebird, Stephen Murdoch.
Cornwall skipper Brad Patton saluted his troops despite the loss.
"Karori bowled quite well in their last innings. We tried our hardest but, unfortunately, they hit the boundaries and bowled some good lengths so full credit to them," the CD representative from last summer said.
He echoed Baker's sentiments on the tourney, saying teams registered the highest scores of 150-160 in 20 overs.
"Most games are around the 100-120 mark so there were some competitive totals.
"It's good to get on the grass but, hopefully, next year the weather can be a bit more generous to us," Patton said after rain hampered play on Friday and Saturday.
"It's a good tournament and apparently it'll probably expand next year so that'll be good, too."
Schoolboy Charlie Crasborn earned Patton's praise.
The CricHQ website provided scoreboards via iPads and iPhones at the weekend.
In the 3rd-4th play-off, Complete Flooring Napier Technical Old Boys beat Taradale CC by 63 runs.
Winning the toss, Tech skipper Liam Rukuwai chose to pad up with opener George Diack unbeaten on 94 from 72 deliveries, including six sixes and two fours.
Opener Morten Freer carved up 30 while No 3 Bronson Meehan stayed with Diack for 31 not out to take Tech's total to 164-1 in 20 overs.
A wicket-less Dale skipper, Luke Wright, was the most economical (6.25 runs an over) while Paul Gee was the only one to claim a scalp at a rate of 6.75.
In reply, Taradale were 101 all out with two balls to spare.
Wright top scored with 30 from 23 balls while Callum Hewitson started with 22 runs from as many balls but didn't carry on.
Right-arm medium/fast merchant Jurgen Andersen was the pick of Tech's bowlers with four wickets for 15 runs from his allotted four overs.
Hawke's Bay representative and quickie Stevie Smidt was the most economical at two runs an over from his four for a wicket.
Earlier yesterday, Cornwall pipped Craft and Hern Sports Havelock North by nine runs after amassing 132-4 before restricting the Jared Priest-led villagers to 123-7. Jonathon Hall top scored with 51 while Priest and H Hunter got two scalps each.
Extras (26) eclipsed the 21 each Priest and Stu McVeigh scored while Crasborn and Cachopa claimed two wickets each.
Defending champions NOBM missed the cut and so did Central Hawke's Bay.