Auckland Premier T20 Competition – Round 3
Auckland Premier Men’s Twenty20 – 11 January
Several Auckland Aces returned to their clubs this evening for the Premier Men’s Twenty20 competition and they didn’t disappoint with bat and ball.
Parnell welcomed back Lockie Ferguson and Ben Horne to their side to take on Birkenhead at War Memorial Park.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, Horne opening the innings with another returning player in the form of George Harper Jnr.
The pair went about pasting the Birkenhead attack to all parts, sharing in a 70-run opening stand.
Horne (35) departed first and Harper Jnr was joined by Mitch McCann who put on a further 20 before Harper Jnr picked out a man in the deep, marking his return with an elegant 43 from 30 balls.
McCann and Jesse Simpson worked it around well in the middle overs, setting up a launching pad for captain Dave Goddard to tee off from.
Goddard blasted 36 off 14 in the late overs, losing a couple of balls in the process to give the visitors the momentum and a competitive total of 180/6 from their 20 overs.
Auckland’s newest Blackcap Lockie Ferguson opened the bowling for the Peaches and struck in his first over having Dylan Steyn caught at square leg for a duck.
The Birkenhead batting struggled to get going against a decent Parnell attack, Ullrich Boshoff the shining light at number four scoring 23 including two sixes.
Skipper Goddard was impressive with the ball also, taking 3/5 from two overs rounding out a superb day for him.
Will St John, McCann and Ferguson all took two a-piece as Birkenhead were rolled for 70 in the 15th over, Parnell claiming a 110-run victory.
In the evening’s other action, Aces’ Sean Solia was at his dynamic best blasting an incredible 121 off 57 balls including nine maximums.
Solia didn’t stop there, taking 2/22 with the ball in a 113-run win for Suburbs New Lynn over Waitakere.
Howick Pakuranga’s Bill Walsh continued his excellent form with 80* ably assisted by 70 from Donovan Grobbelaar as Howick Pak beat University by 79 runs.
East Coast Bays cruised to a nine wicket win over Hibiscus Coast, a sensational night with the ball from Jayden Quensell taking 6/9 from four overs.
Rob Sehmi continued the astounding performances from ECB smashing 63 off 15 balls including an incredible eight sixes as the hosts knocked off the 85 required in 5.1 overs.
Cornwall squeaked home on the penultimate ball against Grafton to claim a three wicket win and Papatoetoe scored a five wicket win over Ellerslie at Michaels Ave.
Meanwhile, Kumeu CC pulled off the upset of the round, knocking over Eden Roskill at home by 11 runs.
Finally North Shore claimed a 51-run win over neighbours Takapuna led by 68* from Graeme Beghin and 4/11 from Gus McKenzie.
All pool standings will be confirmed once net run rates have been calculated.
Full scorecards below
Birkenhead v Parnell
Suburbs New Lynn v Waitakere
Howick Pakuranga v University
East Coast Bays v Hibiscus Coast
Cornwall v Grafton
Ellerslie v Papatoetoe
Eden Roskill v Kumeu
North Shore v Takapuna