Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 7 January

Auckland club cricket long report – 7 January 2017

Jeff Crowe Cup – Round 4

Auckland club cricket returned after the Christmas break and was straight into the fourth round of Jeff Crowe Cup one-day action.

It was a real mixed bag of results with bat and ball dominating in equal parts.

Takapuna v Cornwall

In the top of the table fixture at Onewa Domain, Takapuna batted first and were looking in control reaching 50 without loss.

However, the Cornwall bowlers fought back ensuring none of the Takapuna middle order got away on them.

Brad Chemaly was miserly bowling seven overs for just 15 runs in the middle, while the pick of the lot was Jack Cherrington with figures of 3/29 from his eight overs.

Some late order hitting from Dan James and Dane Hutchinson ensured Takapuna finished with a reasonable 190/7 from their 50 overs.

Cornwall’s reply got off to a disastrous start, Aaron Watson taking two wickets in the first over of the innings to lift the spirits of the Takapuna side.

However, the middle order stood up for the visitors, Brian Barnard (66) playing with poise and power to keep his side on track for victory.

Brad Chemaly was also superb for his 47* with wickets falling around him.

The cool heads of Barnard and then Chemaly at the end ensured the visitors chased down the 191 required in the 43rd over.

Takapuna now farewell Englishman Aaron Watson who’s heading back to England after several years of service for the club.

Takapuna 190/7 (D James 37*, D Hutchinson 36*; J Cherrington 3/29) lost to Cornwall 193/7 (A Dhadwal 36, B Barnard 66, B Chemaly 47*; D James 3/52)


East Coast Bays v Parnell

East Coast Bays played host to Parnell, the home side batting first and posting a solid 236/7 from their 50 overs.

Rob Sehmi continued his pre-Christmas form notching another half century in the effort.

All of the Bays middle order contributed on a day when the Parnell bowlers were unable to make real inroads. The pick of the Parnell attack was Dave Goddard who impressed with 3/15 from his 10 overs.

Coming out to chase, it was a disastrous start for the visitors with opener Flynn McGregor-Sumpter dismissed first ball of the innings.

The Bays bowlers combined well as a unit, five bowlers taking two wickets a-piece in an all-round display.

James Bevin (52 off 66 balls) and Tom Hills (30 off 26) showed some fight in a losing cause with Parnell eventually all out for 183 in the 40th over.

East Coast Bays 236/7 (R Sehmi 50, A Lane 39, J Devine 30, R Harrison 30*, C Briggs 39*; D Goddard 3/15) defeated Parnell 183 (J Bevin 52, T Hills 30)


Suburbs New Lynn v Papatoetoe

Papatoetoe travelled to Suburbs and took home the chocolates in an impressive performance with both bat and ball.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first but lost Auckland Aces opener Jeet Raval early, the first of Nathan Hattingh’s five wickets for the match.

Raval’s opening partner Sineth Gunawardane was the mainstay of the Suburbs batting scoring an impressive 86, striking at a touch over 75.

Gunawardane lacked support however as Suburbs lost wickets at regular intervals, bowled out in the 44th over with Hattingh returning to clean up the tail, finishing with amazing figures of 5/14 from six overs.

Chasing 181 for victory, the Suburbs bowlers made some early inroads, dismissing both openers with the score on seven.

However, the middle order stepped up, led by Hattingh again who top scored with 73. Logan Clark was also superb scoring 48* to see the Papatoetoe boys home for a deserved victory and a great day out for Nathan Hattingh.

Suburbs 180 (S Gunawardane 86; N Hattingh 5/14, L Clark 3/16) lost to Papatoetoe 181/5 (N Hattingh 73, L Clark 48*)


University v North Shore

The Shore boys will be happy with their Saturday’s effort, demolishing University by eight wickets at Colin Maiden Park.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat but simply couldn’t put together any partnerships of substance.

The tight Shore bowling ensured runs were kept to a minimum, no bowler going for more than five an over.

Matt Strain had a great day with the ball, taking 3/11 at the end of the innings while it was the usual suspects of McKenzie, Duncraft and Newey doing the job at the top.

University were bowled out for 101 in the 37th over, a job well done by North Shore.

The total was never going to cause too many problems for the visitors, despite two wickets from Ben Kitt.

Simon McGrowan top scoring with 37* to see his side home in the 18th over just two down.

University 101 (M Strain 3/11) lost to North Shore 103/2 (M Selby 32, S McGrowan 37*)


Birkenhead v Ellerslie

These two sides played out a doozy at Birkenhead War Memorial Park on Saturday, the home side squeaking home by 3 wickets in a very even contest.

Birkenhead elected to bowl first but were met by some fierce resistance from the Ellerslie batting lineup.

Opener Srirag Harish put on 42 while in the middle Aditya Edekar top scored with 45.

The Birkenhead bowlers fought back at the end of the innings however, managing to restrict the visitors to 202.

Akash Christian and Laurie Agnew both took three wickets a-piece just when Ellerslie threatened to get away on them.

In reply, the Birkenhead batting all chipped in to chase down the challenging total, the top three all passing 30.

In the end it was the experience of Christian (23*) who saw them over the line in the 44th over, a well-timed chase and a deserved victory for the Birkenhead side.

Ellerslie 202 (S Harish 42, R Higgins 32, A Edekar 45; A Christian 3/33, L Agnew 3/6) lost to Birkenhead 204/7 (D Steyn 31, J Houghton 35, J Curtling 33; R Higgins 4/45)


Eden Roskill v Waitakere

Waitakere travelled away and put in a polished performance to defeat Eden Roskill by 133 runs, again proving they are a force to be reckoned with in the one-day competition.

The visitors batted first and posted an impressive 288/8 from their 50 overs.

Jared Challis (77) and Nathan Fletcher (38) shared in a century stand for the second wicket and while they were both dismissed in the 25th over, Sachin Variath took over scoring an excellent 64.

Variath saw the side right to the end of their batting effort, dismissed on the penultimate ball of the innings, 41 extras helping the Waitakere cause.

Chasing 289 for victory was always going to be a tough ask against a fancied Waitakere bowling unit but the Eden Roskill boys started solid enough.

However, once Robert Evans-Moore found his groove, the visitors quickly gained the ascendancy.

Jashanjot Bhangu was the shining light for Eden Roskill with 57 in a losing effort.

Eventually Roskill were knocked over for 155, Evans-Moore finishing with 4/22 from eight overs.

Waitakere 288/8 (J Challis 77, S Variath 64, N Fletcher 38; P Kumar 3/34) defeated Eden Roskill 155 (S Sharma 34, J Bhangu 57; R Evans-Moore 4/22)


Howick Pakuranga v Grafton

Grafton headed out to Lloyd Elsmore and were given a bit of a touch up by the home side, Howick Pakuranga claiming victory by seven wickets.

The home side bowled first and were spearheaded by a returning Jamie Brown who bowled with great pace and venom taking 3/27 from his six overs.

Brown knocked the top off and the Grafton batting never really recovered, Rowan Naude and Adam Jones also enjoyed success with the ball taking two wickets each.

Eventually Grafton were bowled out for 93 in the 36th over.

The Howick boys apparently had an early dinner reservation as they did not muck around with the chase.

Sam Borland blasted 57 off 29 balls while Daniel Young supported him well with 21*. The home side losing three wickets but running down the total in the 13th over, a thorough performance with bat and ball.

Grafton 93 (J Brown 3/27) lost to Howick Pakuranga 98/3 (S Borland 57)