New City fought back from a controversial fortnight, but wasn’t able to topple East Albury.
The Phoenix had lost captain Steve McLennan and coach Nick McDonald and wasn’t expected to challenge the Crows.
Captain Sam Grant is guiding the team, with the second provincial half-century (56) of Liam Fitzsimmons’ career and a classy 47 from first-game import Saurabh Bandekar pushing the visitors to 188.
Ryan de Vries took 6-32.
East peeled off the runs six wickets down with 10.5 overs left.
Luke Brunckhorst (56 not out) and Will McIntosh (43) provided the bulk of runs in the team’s first 50-over win.
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