Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 18 March

Round Nine Long Report – 18 March 2017

With rain effectively wiping out last weekend’s cricket, round nine of the Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby championships still threw up some spectacular cricket with outright results achieved and blazing centuries scored.

Hedley Howarth Top 4

East Coast Bays v Takapuna

In the first innings, East Coast Bays lost consistent wickets with only Sebastian Langridge (44*) and Louis Delport (34) reaching double figures. Elliott Herd was the chief destroyer for Takapuna claiming figures of 6/28 off 10.4 overs.

Takapuna played their usual attacking style, pushing for the outright win, they passed East Coast Bay’s total 4 down and accelerated quickly. Ryan Scivier finished with an impressive unbeaten 51 off 30 balls, striking at 170. Hendrik van Vuuren (72) and Elliott Herd (26) also assisted in getting Takapuna to 219/9, declaring 103 runs ahead. Louis Delport opportunistically took a 6-for as Takapuna looked to accelerate, finishing with figures of 6/86 off 19 overs.

Trying to avoid the outright loss East Coast Bays simply had no answer to Elliott Herd. In spectacular fashion, they were bowled out for 55 within 14 overs. Herd’s remarkable spell saw him take 8/32 off 6.2 overs to earn a valuable outright win.

East Coast Bays 116 (Sebastian Langridge 44, Louis Delport 34; Elliott Herd 6/28) and 55 (Elliott Herd 8/32) lost outright to Takapuna 219/9 dec. (Hendrik van Vuuren 72, Ryan Scivier 51*, Max O’Dowd 37; Louis Delport 6/86)


Parnell v Papatoetoe

After day one was abandoned Parnell would have wanted to progress the game quickly and they certainly managed to do it.

Within 16 overs Papatoetoe was reduced to 47 for 5. After losing early wickets they failed to recover and were eventually dismissed for 128 despite some defiance from number 9, Abdullah Sayed, with a fighting 38. Michael Ravlic (4/42) and Josh Fisher (3/45) were the pick of the bowlers.

Parnell eased past Papatoetoe’s first innings total with the wicket of Ben Rainger the only hiccup. From there they accelerated in the search for batting points. While there were solid contributions from Tim McIntosh (74), Lalit Bose (69) and Mitch McCann (63), they were all completely overshadowed by Josh Fisher.

Fisher smashed a rapid 123 off just 44 balls, plundering the Papatoetoe attack to all parts of Shore Road in a magical display of batting.

After 58.4 overs Parnell were dismissed for a massive 457, an incredible display of power hitting from Fisher earning them valuable batting points in the first innings victory.

Papatoetoe 128 (Abdullah Sayed 38; Michael Ravlic 4/42, Josh Fisher 3/45) lost on first innings to Parnell 457 (Josh Fisher 123, Tim McIntosh 74, Lalit Bose 69, Mitch McCann 63; Arminder Sohal 5/57)

Hedley Howarth Bottom 4

Cornwall v Howick Pakuranga

In the only game to get any overs in on day one, Cornwall resumed at 82/3.

Amit Dhadwal and Sam Anderson were at the crease and there they stayed in a fruitful partnership garnering 130 runs before Dhadwal (65) was dismissed.

Anderson carried on and batted with good tempo, falling agonisingly close to a century on 95.

Cornwall eventually declared on 241/7 setting up the potential for an exciting afternoon.

In reply Bill Walsh provided a steady hand to the Howick Pakuranga innings finishing up on 94* off 181 deliveries when the captains eventually shook hands. There was no result achieved on first innings.

Cornwall 241/7 dec. (Sam Anderson 95, Amit Dhadwal 65, Jack Cassidy 33) drew with Howick Pakuranga 185/3 (Bill Walsh 94, Daniel Young 51)


University v Suburbs New Lynn

Suburbs New Lynn were sent in to bat by Howick Pakuranga and they started well getting to 117/3 but lost their last 6 wickets for 76 runs to finish the innings on 186.

Michael Barry was the pick of the visiting batsmen, scoring 74 off 104 balls batting at number three.

For University, Jeet Patel and Rohan Tuteja both bowled well, Patel striking early in his spell while Tuteja took wickets late in his overs, both finishing with four poles each.

Suburbs would have felt in with a chance after reducing University to 65/3. However, a 132-run stand between Hareen Silva (61) and Ketan Patel (53*) drained all hope. Auckland University claiming first innings points 4 down.

Suburbs New Lynn 186 (Michael Barry 74, Harshal Vyas 36; Jeet Patel 4/52; Rohan Tuteja 4/68) lost on first innings to Auckland University 201/4 (Hareen Silva 61, Ketan Patel 53*)


Tom Hellaby Minor Championship

Birkenhead v Eden Roskill

Over at Birkenhead War Memorial Park, Eden Roskill won the toss and elected to bowl first, managing to knock the home side over inside 38 overs for 184.

It was a solid all round effort with the ball from the visitors with Barry Rowland claiming 4/44 and Bhavik Vora 3/68.

With the bat, there were contributions from Dylan Steyn (42), Laurie Agnew (51) and Phil Treanor top scored with 62.

In reply, opener Jashanjot Bhangu was the mainstay of Eden Roskill’s innings, his 79* ensured the visitors claimed the first innings win, a moral boosting victory after a tough season.

Birkenhead 184 (Phil Treanor 62, Laurie Agnew 51, Dylan Steyn 42; B Rowland 4/44, Bhavik Vora 3/68) lost on first innings to Eden Roskill 186/9 (Jashanjot Bhangu 79*)


North Shore v Ellerslie

North Shore won the toss at Devonport Domain and inserted Ellerslie in pursuit of quick wickets.

The home side made early inroads, having Ellerslie 24/3 but the middle order pairing of Matt Wall and Aditya Edekar put on 68 for the fourth wicket.

However, once Wall was dismissed, one of Carl Brungar’s four wickets, the remaining batting crumbled.

Brungar finished with astounding figures of 4/4 including four maidens in his seven overs, while Akash Choudhary continued his form with 3/3.

In reply, the Shore lost both openers for a duck and were 10/2 and in trouble but the ever-reliable Graeme Beghin stepped up scoring a rapid half century.

The home side batted for 30 overs, posting 167/8 dec. before sending Ellerslie in again, looking to push for an outright result and close the gap on Grafton.

Again, early wickets fell and at 9/4, North Shore would’ve fancied their chances of achieving the result.

However, some strong resistance from Edekar and Stephen Venville ensured Ellerslie parked the bus and finished the day seven down, Shore achieving a first innings win.

Ellerslie 96 (Matthew Wall 40, Aditya Edekar 32; Carl Brungar 4/4, A Choudhary 3/3) and 62/7 (A Edekar 35; Matt Strain 3/11) lost on first innings to North Shore 167/8 dec (Graeme Beghin 54, C Rajapakasha 46; Kasi Alagappan 3/49)


Harveys Real Estate Waitakere v Grafton

In what shaped as a crucial match-up, Waitakere hosted Grafton with both sides enjoying good form this season.

Grafton won the toss and elected to bowl first, with Carl de Beer and Alan Burton both picking up three wickets a piece.

Sachin Variath was in fine form at the top of the order for Waitakere, his innings of 87 curtailed by a runout as a century beckoned.

Sean Chick was the only other contribution of note, falling just one short of a half century.

Waitakere posted 165 and were in with a sniff when the teams swapped roles.

Grafton sit atop the Tom Hellaby standings and performed like a front runner with the bat.

Jarryd Walsh led the way with 91 at the top of the order, while several of the middle order batted around him, making contributions.

Grafton passed Waitakere’s score five down then went on to make 190/7 to cap a strong team performance and extend their lead at the top of the table.

Praneel Hira deserves a mention, taking 4/22 for Waitakere on a day when the opposition were just too good.

Harveys Real Estate Waitakere 165 (Sachin Variath 87, Sean Chick 49; C de Beer 3/49, A Burton 3/23) lost on first innings to Grafton United 190/7 (Jarryd Walsh 91, Praneel Hira 4/22)