Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 1 April
Final Round Long Report – 1 April
Hedley Howarth – Top Four
Takapuna v Parnell
Takapuna have claimed the Hedley Howarth crown for the second season running after a dramatic final day of two-day cricket.
Heading into Saturday, Parnell were 35/3 chasing Takapuna’s first innings total of 251/9 declared.
They made a watchful start in the morning session, aware that a draw would be good enough to secure the Hedley Howarth title.
At lunch the visitors were 68/4, all results possible on a turning pitch at Onewa Domain.
However, an inspired session with the ball post lunch swung the game in Takapuna’s favour, Elliott ‘powerhouse’ Herd simply unplayable on his way to sensational figures of 7/59 from 27.4 overs.
Matt Jones chipped in with two of his own while Dan James bowled with great economy to finish with 1/10 from 10 overs.
Lalit Bose showed some fight in the middle order for Parnell, his 40 off 91 balls the only highlight as his side were bowled out for 105 in the middle session.
Having not reached the follow-on mark, Takapuna put Parnell back in, the visitors only hope was to pile on the runs without losing wickets to add to their bonus point tally and potentially squeak the title.
Although quick Dan James had other ideas, taking three wickets in the first over to effectively wipe out any hope for Parnell. Captain Ryan Scivier putting his buckets to good use in the slips.
James continued his destruction claiming one of the quickest five wicket bags in two-day cricket history with figures of 5/6 off 3.4 overs.
With the result now a forgone conclusion, Parnell conceded victory before tea, Takapuna adding the Hedley Howarth to their Jeff Crowe Cup success in a 2016/17 season to remember.
A special note must also be made for Parnell’s opening bat Tim McIntosh who has decided to retire at the end of this season.
McIntosh has been a long-time servant for Parnell having reached the pinnacle of playing for Auckland and the BLACKCAPS, congratulations Tim on a superb career.
Takapuna 251/9 dec. (Hendrik van Vuuren 63, Guy Harley 58, Elliott Herd 39; Hamish Robertson 4/57, Mitch McCann 3/70) won first innings over Parnell 105 (L Bose 40, E Herd 7/59) and 24/5 (D James 5/6)
Papatoetoe v East Coast Bays
Papatoetoe and East Coast Bays played out a classic at Papatoetoe Rec, the home side claiming first innings points before collapsing in their second innings at the hands of Louis Delport and Jayden Quensell.
Starting the day at 183/7, Papatoetoe knocked off the ECB first innings total before declaring and sending the visitors back in.
ECB scored quickly putting on 118 in 25.4 overs, Louis Delport top scoring at the top of the order with 69.
Chasing 185 for an outright win, the home side’s batting faltered, Abhishek Patel (31) the only man to score over 30 as Jayden Quensell and Delport took three wickets a piece to secure an outright win for the visitors.
East Coast Bays 189 (K Seedall 49, Michael Ross 38; Navdeep Aujla 5/47, Lance Shaw 3/40) and 188 (L Delport 69, J Devine 33, C Briggs 33; N Aujla 6/96) lost outright to Papatoetoe 188 (Lance Shaw 44, Nathan Hattingh 50; Louis Delport 4/50, J Quensell 3/63) and 104/9 (all out) (A Patel 31; J Quensell 3/27, L Delport 3/31) Papatoetoe won first innings points.
Hedley Howarth – Bottom Four
Suburbs New Lynn v Howick Pakuranga
In the bottom section of the Hedley Howarth, Suburbs fell an agonising nine runs short of Howick Pakuranga’s first innings, the effort of Michael Barry and Jeet Raval not enough to avoid relegation for the Westies.
Barry (60) and Raval (59) put on 73 for the fourth wicket as Suburbs looked to chase down Howick’s first innings of 229.
However, when they were dismissed within two overs of each other the tide turned in the visitors favour.
Howick Pakuranga captain Bill Walsh claiming both prized wickets on his way to impressive figures of 3/36 off 11 overs.
Danru Ferns also toiled hard for the visitors bowling 22 overs for his 3/50 including seven maiden overs.
Michael Bates stuck around with the lower order but when he was dismissed, Suburbs were still nine runs short of their target, thus consigning them to relegation for next season.
Howick Pakuranga 229 (Dale Phillips 57, Bill Walsh 54, Andrew Morrison 44*; Micheal Bates 5/29, Michael Barry 5/53) won first innings over Suburbs New Lynn 221 (M Barry 60, J Raval 59; D Ferns 3/50, B Walsh 3/36)
University v Cornwall
Cornwall were also well and truly in the relegation battle heading into day two of their fixture with University at Colin Maiden.
Defending a first innings total of 365/6, Cornwall bowled with discipline, a full team effort with the ball helping to dismiss University for 234 and secure their spot in the Hedley Howarth for next season.
Jamie Hayes, Andrew Williams, Aniket Parikh and Deven Bell all took two wickets with nine bowlers used in total by skipper Brad Chemaly.
With first innings points secure, Cornwall went out for one final bat putting on 126/6 before calling it quits.
Cornwall 365/6 dec. (Brad Chemaly 133*, AM Dhadwal 99, Jamie Hayes 48*, Shastryn Nair 35; Jeet Patel 3/109) and 126/6 won first innings over Auckland University 234 (B Beecroft 54, JAMH Silva 44, R Tuteja 37)
Tom Hellaby – Minor Championship
Grafton v Birkenhead
Over at Victoria Park, Grafton, having already sewn up the Tom Hellaby title added one more outright victory to their tally defeating Birkenhead.
The win meant Grafton finished more than 20 points ahead of their closest rivals, North Shore on the Tom Hellaby standings.
The home side were dominating after day one and continued to shine, Dilan Peris ending his career on a high note taking 6/88 in the Birkenhead second innings.
Peris bowled 20 overs in his final showing in the black baggy, his control and accuracy once again on display with seven maidens.
Once the job was done with the ball, Nick Hendrie finished his season with a bang, scoring an unbeaten century to secure the outright victory.
Peris was promoted to number three scoring 12 in his final dig before Hendrie (103*) and Jarryd Walsh (57*) combined to put 156 unbeaten runs on and guide Grafton to the outright win.
Birkenhead 119 (Laurie Agnew 40; Alan Burton 5/8, Nick Stobart 3/35) and 214 (D Steyn 58, J Curtling 41, N Collins 76; D Peris 6/88) lost outright to Grafton United 144/4 dec. (Jarryd Walsh 69*, Alan Burton 30; Manoj Patel 3/30) and 190/2 (N Hendrie 103*, J Walsh 57*)
Eden Roskill v Ellerslie
Ellerslie’s Matthew Wall fell just one run short of a century as his side lost first innings to Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park.
Chasing an impressive 328/6 for first innings points, Wall (99) and Aditya Edekar (74) put on 154 for the fifth wicket giving their side a chance of victory.
However, despite the big partnership, the Eden Roskill bowlers stuck to their task throughout the day, Bhavik Vora getting through a mountainous 30 overs to claim 4/93.
Barrington Rowland was also in the wickets, he spun out the tail to finish with figures of 3/64.
The win means Eden Roskill finish their season on a high note and shoots them up to fourth spot on the final Tom Hellaby standings.
Eden Roskill 328/6 dec. (Barrington Rowland 116, Oyishik Chakraborty 73, P Rehal 54*; Melvyn Lucas 4/84) and 36/3 won first innings over Ellerslie 280 (S Harish 47, A Deshpande 35, A Edekar 74, M Wall 99; B Vora 4/93, B Rowland 3/64)
Waitakere v North Shore
After stacking on the runs last week, North Shore’s bowlers completed the job against Waitakere, bowling them out for 98 to claim the first innings spoils.
Tim Duncraft bowled with great economy, bowling six maidens on his way to figures of 3/26 from 15 overs.
Duncraft was ably assisted by Chamal Rajapaksha who finished an impressive all round season for North Shore with 3/27.
No one in the Waitakere batting card really got going, Aaron Jeavons the best of the lot with 26 in the middle order.
Having secured first innings points, Shore did go out and bat again but at 55/1 stumps were drawn at Te Atatu Park, the visitors finishing their season in second spot behind Grafton.
North Shore 230/9 dec. (Ben Wall 51*, A Choudhary 49, Ryan Thomson 30; Roneel Hira 3/78) and 55/1 (M Selby 31* won first innings over Waitakere 98 (T Duncraft 3/36, C Rajapaksha 3/27)