Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 10/11 March

Hedley Howarth –Top Four

Papatoetoe vs Howick Pakuranaga

Howick Pakuranga completed a solid first innings victory over Papatoetoe, the game going deep into the fourth innings on Sunday.

Papatoetoe were playing host to Howick Pakuranga in the pivotal top of the table clash, the teams also playing for the Hellaby Hunt Cup.

Donovan Grobbelaar (4-48) got the visitors off to the perfect start picking up a wicket in the first over of the day.

Papatoetoe’s batsmen all managed to get starts Logan Clark (31) and Arminder Sohal (28) digging in under pressure from the Howick Pakuranga bowlers.

Grobbelaar was particularly destructive ripping through Pap’s middle order to leave them in trouble at 109/6.

Rutvik Botadra (2-38) Adam Jones (2-37) and James O’Callaghan (2-33) all pitched in to help roll Papatoetoe for a modest 160.

Oliver Reynolds-Pringle (1-41) struck early on to give Pap a much-needed boost.

Bhupinder Singh (3-51) was excellent for Pap, bamboozling Howick Pakuranga’s top order reducing the visitors to 65/4.

Nav Aujla (1-30) then picked up the big wicket of Grobbelaar to leave Howick Pakuranga in dire straits at 75/5.

Dale Phillips (82) stood up for his side scoring the lion’s share of the runs to ensure they secured first innings points.

With a slight first innings deficit, Pap’s batsmen went about setting up a fourth innings chase.

A half century from Logan Clark (64) and valuable, quick runs down the order from Stuart Money (47*) set up a chase of 157 for the Howick Pak.

The spinners once again came to the fore for the home side, Singh (3-58) and Aujla (4-42) proving their worth and getting their side to the brink of an outright.

However, the visitor’s tail held firm finishing 136/9 to take the first innings points and top spot on the points table.

Papatoetoe 160 (L Clark 31; D Grobbelaar 4-48) and 193/7 (L Clark 64, O Reynolds-Pringle 30, S Money 47*; R Botadra 3-40) lost first innings to Howick Pakuranga 197 (D Phillips 82; B Singh 4-73, N Aujla 3-47) and 136/9 (D Phillips 32, D Grobbelaar 30; B Singh 3-58, N Aujla 4-42)


East Coast Bays vs Auckland University

East Coast Bays took out the first innings spoils over Auckland University over the weekend, the boys from Windsor Park dominating both days of play.

Seb Langridge (52) picked up yet another half century for the season as ECB posted 228 in their first innings with Jeet Patel (5-91) toiling hard for Uni, getting through 31 overs.

Chris Groenink (5-24) then took over for the home side in a superb display of fast bowling.

Groenink knocked the top off Uni claiming all the top three wickets, before returning to mop up the tail and bank the first innings points for his side.

ECB then set up a game scoring at a decent clip to post 153/3, leaving Uni 246 for an outright victory on Sunday afternoon.

However, it was the home bowlers who produced the goods once again, Louis Delport the top wicket taker this time with 4-40.

Waj Muhammad showed some fight for the visitors scoring 45 in the middle order and while Delport threatened to roll through the tail late in the day, Coach Hayden Gardner stepped up as a late replacement to block out the day.

East Coast Bays 228 (S Langridge 52, L Delport 43; T Wells 3-46, J Patel 5-91) and 153/3 dec. (V Raj 56, R Harrison 40) won first innings against Auckland University 136 (T Malcolm 50, C Groenink 5-24) and 150/9 (J Windler 33, W Muhammad 45; L Delport 4-40, R Schierhout 3-45)


Cornwall vs Takapuna

A century from Dan ter Braak (104) and eight wickets from Jordan Sussex were the headline acts as Takapuna claimed a first innings victory over Cornwall at Cornwall Park.

Ter Braak batted for 77 overs in a strong display of concentration and patience, stroking ten boundaries in his century.

He shared in a 115-run fourth wicket stand with Hendrik van Vuuren (67) as the pair ensured Taka would have a decent first innings total to bowl at.

The tail chipped in as the visitors posted 262 first up, leaving the stage for Sussex.

The right-arm quick was virtually unplayable and is forming a formidable combination with Ross ter Braak at the bowling crease.

Sussex and ter Braak reduced Cornwall to 57-5 and from there the first innings points were virtually secured.

Fanie de Villiers showed some lower order fight with a half century but this was to be Sussex’s day as he ripped through the tail to claim impressive figures of 8-67.

With not much time remaining in the day, Taka’s ‘Bomb Brothers’ Elliott Herd (53*) and Sussex then opened the batting, Herd blasting a 29-ball half century to put the icing on the first innings victory.

Takapuna 262 (DB Ter Braak 104, H Van Vuuren 67; F De Villiers 3-37, L Rodrigues 3-41, S Anderson 4-50) and 77/1 (E Herd 53*) won first innings against Cornwall 181 (J Hayes 35, S Marra 30, F de Villiers 57*; J Sussex 8-67)


Grafton vs Parnell

It was a record-breaking weekend for Grafton as they claimed an outright victory over Parnell but not before the visitors had secured first innings points in a see-sawing affair at Victoria Park.

On a scratchy surface, Dean van Deventer (76) was the only batsman to get going for Parnell as they posted 157 in their first innings – van Deventer’s runs would prove crucial.

Aniket Parikh made a welcome return to the bowling crease taking 6-72 while Sachin Variath took 3-49.

Grafton’s reply started well enough and at 80-3 after 20 overs they seemed to be cruising to a first innings win.

However, the Parnell bowlers stuck to the task, Mitch McCann leading the way with 3-39.

Grafton were knocked over for 150 conceding first innings points but there was still plenty of cricket left in this fixture.

Parikh (5-48) and Variath (5-38) were once again the destroyers for Grafton in Parnell’s second innings, Parikh picking up a hat-trick in the process.

Parikh’s hat-trick ball was something to behold with Parnell’s interim Coach Phil Horne dancing down the pitch attempting to smother the spin and getting stumped.

The hat-trick was Grafton’s first in two years and the first 10 wicket haul for the side in three years.

The dual five wicket hauls were also only the second time in 15 years that two Grafton bowlers have managed to take five wickets in an innings.

Parnell scratched together 106 in their second dig, Grafton with a shade over 100 needed to gain an outright.

It didn’t start well for the home side losing two wickets in the first over of the chase.

It was that man Parikh (55) who stood up at number five for Grafton scoring a half century at better than a run-a-ball.

Parikh’s innings guided his side to a hard-fought outright victory in what has been a tough season for the Grafton boys.

Wicket keeper Sam Cameron also claimed his 100th Premier wicket keeping dismissal in the match proving the future is looking bright for the Grafton side.

Parnell 157 (D Van Deventer 76; A Parikh 6-72, S Variath 3-49) & 106 won first innings but lost outright to Grafton 150 (J Parsons 35, N Stobart 39; M McCann 3-39) and 114/7 (A Parikh 55)


Tom Hellaby

Suburbs New Lynn vs Eden Roskill

Suburbs New Lynn continued their charge towards the championship securing first innings points against Eden Roskill.

Raj Majithia (80) got Suburbs off to a solid start putting on 52 for the first wicket with Harshal Vyas (25).

Sineth Gunawardane (46) and Michael Barry (45) also pitched in with valuable runs to help set their side up for a competitive first innings total.

The star of the show was once again James Parslow (111*) following on from his unbeaten double century last week, Parslow continued his purple patch scoring runs with ease.

Bhavik Vora (2-106) toiled hard for Eden Roskill picking up a couple of wickets.

Suburbs declaring 342/5 shortly after Parslow reached his hundred.

Anas Patel (1-26) and Josh Presland (1-42) dismissed both openers early on to leave the visitors in a hole.

Mitchell Murray (3-38) and Harshal Vyas (4-62) combined to rip through Eden Roskill’s lineup, the batsmen having no answers to the duo.

Bhavik Vora (37) and Raja Sandhu (36) provided some resistance late on in the innings to help boost their side’s total past 200, Eden Roskill finishing the first dig 206 all out.

Vyas (3-47) and Murray (2-24) were on song again in the second innings, however Eden Roskill managed to bat long enough to avoid an outright defeat, Eden Roskill finishing the day 167/9 leaving Suburbs with the first innings spoils.

Suburbs New Lynn 342/5 dec (R Majithia 80, S Gunawardane 46, MJ Barry 45, JR Parslow 111*) won first innings against Eden Roskill 206 (B Vora 37, R Sandhu 36; M Murray 3-38, H Vyas 4-62) and 167/9 (S Desai 45; H Vyas 3-47)


Ellerslie vs North Shore

North Shore picked up a comfortable outright victory after a brilliant performance from their bowlers proved too much for Ellerslie.

Ellerslie’s first innings got off to a bad start when Anubhav Thapa (2) was run out in just the fourth over.

Varun Khanna (40) and Joshua Allan (27) looked comfortable at the crease the pair putting on 54 for the second wicket.

Carl Brungar (2-44) castled Allan, and from there it was all North Shore.

Matt Strain (3-35) destroyed Ellerslie’s middle order reducing them to 123/6.

Scott McGowan (2-5) and Tendai Chitongo (2-31) mopped up the tail in quick fashion, Ellerslie all out for 135.

Asiri Wickramanayake (88) played an excellent knock at the top of the order for Shore keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Ryan Thomson (41) and Wickramanayake put on 76 for the fourth wicket to bring Shore past Ellerslie’s first innings total and into the lead.

Thapa (3-42) and Josh Hayward (3-53) kept Ellerslie in the hunt taking three wickets a piece to restrict Shore to 208/9 before the visitors declared.

Ellerslie facing a deficit of 73 heading into the second innings needed their batsmen to stand up.

Stephen Venville (40) put in a good shift for his side occupying the crease whilst wickets fell around him.

The day belonged to Tendai Chitongo (8-34) the leg spinner was unplayable running through Ellerslie’s batsmen who had no answers.

Ellerslie slumping to 100 all out, Shore scoring the 31 required in quick time to secure an outright win.

Ellerslie 135 (V Khanna 40; M Strain 3-35) and 100 (S Venville 40; T Chitongo 8-34) playing North Shore 208/9 dec (A Wickramanayake 88, R Thomson 41; J Hayward 3-53, A Thapa 3-42) and 31/2


Waitakere vs Birkenhead

Te Atatu Park played host to a rare first innings tie between Waitakere and Birkenhead.

Birkenhead had first crack with the blade, Robert Evans-Moore (3-53) running through the top order to leave Birkenhead in early trouble.

Akash Christian (65) scored a run-a-ball half century to help set his side up for a competitive first innings total.

Jared Challis (3-46) ripped through the middle order to reduce Birkenhead to 154/8.

The tail wagged for Birkenhead, managing to boost their side past the 200 mark, the visitors finishing 203 all out.

Jaycob Curtling (2-29) picked up two early wickets to leave Waitakere in an early hole.

Brad Cachopa (119) was simply sublime for Waitakere scoring runs with ease whilst wickets fell with alarming regularity at the other end.

U Ghani (3-43) and M Patel (3-28) were excellent with the ball for Birkenhead ripping through the batsmen in quick time leaving it all up to Cachopa.

Ghani picked up the big wicket of Cachopa with the total at 196/8, Birkenhead had an opening.

Ghani then picked up the ninth wicket with Waitakere on 202 leaving it down to the last pair to get Waitakere home.

Unfortunately for Waitakere, Birkenhead ran out the last batsmen with the total on 203 leaving the first innings in a tie.

Birkenhead batted well in the second dig with all batsmen getting starts Curtling (48*) the top performer helping his side to 254/7.

Time running out to force a result with Waitakere 46/1 when play finished up with the points shared in a first innings tie.

Birkenhead 203 (A Christian 65; R Evans Moore 3-52, J Challis 3-46) and 254/7 (T Treadaway 37, A Christian 44, J Curtling 48*) tied Waitakere 203 (B Cachopa 119; U Ghani 3-43, M Patel 3-28) and 46/1