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Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 5 November

Auckland Cricket Long Report – 5 November

Round Two– Hedley Howarth & Tom Hellaby

With Saturday virtually a washout, teams came into day two of their Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby fixtures in a scrap for first innings points.

 

East Coast Bays vs. Takapuna

After a slight delay, East Coast Bays continued their innings at Windsor Park against Takapuna and despite a solid effort with the bat from the home side, a blistering Craig Cachopa century ensured the visitors claimed the first innings spoils.

After a cautious start, East Coast Bays were rocked by some great fast bowling from Jordan Sussex, claiming two important early wickets to put the visitors on top.

With the score at 47/2 ECB were in need of a partnership, Sebastian Langridge joined Kieran Seedall at the crease and the pair managed to steady the ship to navigate through to drinks with no further damage.

The pair built slowly and with the help of a few missed chances from Takapuna, both batsmen grew in confidence and started to score runs with more freedom.

With the platform laid, Langridge and Seedall opened up in the last five overs, both players clearing the fence on multiple occasions to finish their 50 overs 204/4.

With plenty of hitting in the sheds, the Takapuna batsmen were watchful early on, both Guy Harley (31) and Dan ter Braak (31) seeing off the new ball to set up the chase.

The stage was set for experienced Craig Cachopa at number four and the little master didn’t disappoint.

He provided the backbone for the Takapuna chase and was simply sublime for his 104* off 73 balls, power hitting coupled with expert gapping and running.

He peeled off seven fours and seven sixes in the knock, striking at a tick over 140.

In the end, it was comfortable for Takapuna claiming first innings points.

The side batting on to see Cachopa to his milestone but also claim an extra batting bonus point which could prove vital at the pointy end of the season.

East Coast Bays 204/4 (K Seedall 81, S Langridge 76) lost first innings to Takapuna 238/4 (G Harley 31, D ter Braak 31, C Cachopa 104*, J Murray 32*)

 

Cornwall vs. Papatoetoe

It was a topsy-turvy affair at Cornwall Park over the weekend, Papatoetoe nearly spoiling the home side’s party before blocking out to reach a draw.

After losing early wickets, Cornwall recovered to post a competitive 214/8.

Opener Amit Dhadwal was the only one of the top six to fire scoring a measured 48.

Papatoetoe’s bowlers were once again in fine form, Bhupinder Singh the pick of the lot with 3-70 from his 18 overs.

Teja Nidamanuru (51) and Fannie de Villiers (45) came to the rescue for the home side, steadying things when the collapse was well and truly on. The pair ensuring Cornwall secured a defendable total.

Coming out to bat and Papatoetoe’s top order looked the goods – the top three all passing 30 including a Josh Plummer half century.

However, de Villiers was having a day to remember, an inspired spell stunted the Pap middle order and forced to them to reconsider their position in the match.

He took 3-30 but couldn’t prise out the Papatoetoe lower order as they saw out the day to secure a draw.

Cornwall 214/8 (A Dhadwal 48, T Nidamanuru 51, F de Villiers 45*; B Singh 3-70) drew with Papatoetoe 182/7 (C Brookland 31, J Plummer 60, S Money 39; F de Villiers 3-30)

 

Howick Pakuranga vs. Parnell

Resuming the day 20/1, Parnell went about setting a total with the remaining 47 overs they had available.

Opener Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (69) provided the initial rock for Parnell to build around, playing well against a fancied Howick Pak bowling attack.

He shared in a partnership with Andy Lane (94*) and when the opener departed, Lane took over.

In a well-timed innings, Lane struck seven fours and two sixes, desperately close to triple figures as the visitors posted 225/5.

Danru Ferns and Adam Jones both took two wickets a piece, the match evenly poised at the halfway point.

Howick’s reply started in a solid fashion, 34/1 turned into 87/2 with Bill Walsh (33) and Andrew Morrison (50) making scores of note at the top.

However, Parnell’s bowlers stuck to the task and were able to find a breakthrough whenever the home side seemed to get a partnership going.

Dean van Deventer and Josh Fisher both took three wickets as Parnell closed in on a first innings victory.

But the Howick lower order managed to survive the final few overs, the match ending in a draw.

Parnell 225/5 (F McGregor-Sumpter 69, A Lane 94*) drew with Howick Pakuranga 188/8 (B Walsh 33, A Morrison 50; D van Deventer 3-31, J Fisher 3-45)

 

Grafton vs. University

It was a drama filled day at Victoria Park with Grafton posting 173/9 thanks largely to runs at the top from Nick Hendrie (73) and a half century from Nick Stobart.

Hendrie was his usual measured self at the top of the order while the youngster Stobart deposited five bombs over the ropes in his innings, including one massive shot into traffic on the flyover.

If Stobart’s hitting wasn’t enough, earlier, the match was delayed at drinks when one of the Vic Park locals decided to lie down on the wicket block and refuse to move – the police having to be called to continue proceedings!

Back to the cricket and Ben Lewis was the pick of the Uni bowlers taking 3-43, the visitors in the box seat to take the points.

Grafton weren’t going to go down without a fight and led by Stobart came out with wickets on their mind.

They reduced the visitors to 46/5 and would’ve fancied their chances had it not been for a brilliant sixth wicket partnership from Hareen Silva (69) and Wajihuddin Muhammad (65).

The pair dug in when Uni needed them most, both scoring their runs at a decent clip to surpass Grafton’s total and claim a second first innings victory of the season to sit atop the Hedley Howarth standings.

Grafton 173/9 (N Hendrie 73, N Stobart 54*; B Lewis 3-43) lost first innings to University 182/5 (JAMH Silva 69, W Muhammad 65; N Stobart 3-50)

 

Tom Hellaby

Suburbs vs. North Shore

Suburbs played host to North Shore on day two with first innings points the aim of the game with day one rained out.

Suburbs batted first and were rocked early by Tim Duncraft who picked up both openers cheaply leaving the boys from the Shore on top with the total at just 8/2.

A captain’s knock was required from Victor Davies and he delivered in spades, Davies made it look like a different wicket scoring runs all over the ground in a batting master class.

Davies knock included 17 boundaries and two sixes scoring a mammoth 152 off just 129 deliveries, a fantastic innings which boosted his side to 257/7 off their 50 overs.

North Shore got off to the worst possible start when Josh Presland took two wickets with back-to-back deliveries leaving Shore with two top order batsmen back in the pavilion with no runs on the board.

Harshal Vyas bowled a tremendous spell taking 3/18 off 16 overs reducing the visitors to 84/7, Suburbs looking likely for a first innings win.

Fortunately for North Shore the tail wagged, managing to survive until stumps ending the day at 95/7 for a draw.

Suburbs New Lynn 257/7 (V Davies 152, M Murray 42; T Duncraft 4-71, T Chitongo 3-85) drew with North Shore 95/7 (H Vyas 3-18)

 

Eden Roskill vs. Birkenhead

Keith Hay Park played host to a great day’s cricket with the boys from Birkenhead putting in a classy performance to secure first innings points.

Birkenhead batted first with opener Dylan Steyn looking in superb touch from ball one rotating the strike with ease and keeping the runs flowing for Birkenhead.

Captain Laurie Agnew joined Steyn at the crease with the total at 77/2. Agnew produced a fine captain’s knock scoring a very fluent 75 off just 64 deliveries.

At the other end, Steyn reached a well-deserved century and when he fell with the total at 224/4 the stage was set for Birkenhead’s lower order to tee off.

Jaycob Curtling continued his good form with the blade scoring 49 off 39 deliveries to boost his sides total to a very competitive 296/7 off 50 overs.

Eden Roskill’s chase got off to the worst possible start, Manoj Patel taking a wicket with only the fifth ball of the innings to continue the momentum for Birkenhead.

Barry Rowland proved to be the only batsmen for Eden Roskill to show any resistance scoring a run-a-ball 58 which gave the home side some hope.

When Tony Treadaway had Rowland caught behind with the total at 125/5 Birkenhead were suddenly back in the driver’s seat to secure first innings points.

Patel returned to the attack to run through Eden Roskill’s tail finishing with excellent figures of 4/24 off his 8 overs.

Eden Roskill all out for 191, an excellent all-round team performance from Birkenhead to secure first innings points.

Birkenhead 296/7 (D Steyn 103, L Agnew 75, J Curtling 49; H Johal 3-64) won first innings over Eden Roskill 191 (B Rowland 58; M Patel 4-24)

 

Waitakere vs. Ellerslie

Waitakere and Ellerslie played out a nail biting draw, with both sides a chance of securing first innings points coming into the very last over.

Ellerslie batted first, after a solid 54-run opening partnership the wheels came off and suddenly they were 70/6.

Jared Challis and Jordan O’Neill sparking the collapse taking three wickets each to leave the home side firmly in control.

Joshua Allen proved to be the savior Ellerslie needed, batting with the tail to score 52 very important runs to get his team up to 154 before being bowled out.

Waitakere full of confidence from their great bowling performance would have been confident of scoring the runs in 49 overs to secure first innings points.

Ellerslie’s bowlers had other ideas, ripping through the home sides top order to leave them in dire straits at 29/4; it was game on at Te Atatu Park.

James Baker dug in for Waitakere scoring a patient 49 runs to get his side closer to the target.

Josh Hayward then turned the game on its head once again taking three wickets in back-to-back overs, which meant that all three results were possible coming into the last over.

Waitakere managed to survive the final over, finishing the innings with the total at 150/9.

In the end, a draw the fairest result with both sides playing some highly entertaining cricket.

Ellerslie 154 (J Allan 52; B Lister 3-30, J Challis 3-55, J O’Neill 3-22) drew with Waitakere 150/9 (JK Baker 49; J Hayward 4-34)

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