Parity between bat and ball was somewhat restored on an overcast day in the Honda Financial Premiership. While bowlers across Auckland found the conditions more to their liking, Michael Ruffell, Bill Walsh and Jared Challis all batted brilliantly to steer sizeable chases for their respective clubs.
In the Prichard Cup, Cornwall’s Breezy Illing’s 7-for lead the bowlers, while Katie Gurrey and Anna Peterson both scored hundreds, combining for a 257-run opening stand for Auckland University.
Grafton vs. Eden Roskill – Victoria Park
Resuming at 119/3, Grafton’s Michael Ruffell and Nathan Fletcher continued to keep the Eden Roskill attack at bay. The pair had added 51 at the end of Day One and ended five runs short of Grafton’s all-time fourth-wicket record of 165, set in 1924-25.
Ruffell (108), playing in his 91st match, was patient hitting 11 fours on his way to his first Premier ton. When Fletcher was caught on 86, Grafton were cruising towards a first-innings lead. Harjot Johal, however, hadn’t given up hope taking the wickets of both set batsmen. Two others followed and Grafton still required 13 runs to take a lead. Jack Dymond and Ryan Phizackerley held their nerve and did the rest.
Grafton batted through to 307/9 before the declaration came. Mujji Mujtaba (51) and Vamshi Puppala (42) played positively before Carl de Beer (4-58) halted Eden Roskill’s progress. Eden Roskill would eventually set the hosts 162 to win from 17 overs.
Sachin Variath and Harrison Ward raced out to 50 inside five overs. The boundaries continued to be peppered when Fletcher arrived at the crease, with the in-form batsman plundering 3 sixes from his first six balls.
Harrison Ward’s blitz came to an end on 47 with the chase in the comfortable hands of first innings heroes. Fletcher (65*) hit a 22-ball fifty to make it all a relatively simple finish for the Lions, winning by eight wickets with an over to spare.
Parnell 367/9 dec (A Parikh 107, F McGregor-Sumpter 95, B Rainger 40, O Shepperson 4-80) defeated Cornwall 169 (S Nair 51, L Dasent 48*, F de Villiers 5-42, J Fisher 4-48) and 123/3 (Ad Dhadwal 87) on first innings.
Suburbs New Lynn 345 (M Barry 127, M Murray 111, J Bassett-Graham 42) and 118/4 (S Gunawardane 65*, F Allen 36) lost to Takapuna 198/9 dec (M Sclanders 66, C Cachopa 65*, S Devereaux 4-53) and 266/5 (C Cachopa 105, M Sclanders 58, W O’Donnell 54, B Lister 3-64) outright by five wickets.
Auckland University 287 (A Vodnala 96, V Anand 86, A Prasad 32, A Jones 4-112, M Blandford 3-41) and 60/0 (C Ansell 32*) lost to Howick Pakuranga 367/9 (B Walsh 122, B Barnard 86, A Morrison 66, D Young 34, D Ferns 33*) on the first innings.
North Shore 292 (S Keene 100, S Hinds 95, R Thomson 35, B Singh 5-28) and 120/3 ( R Hira 41*) defeated Papatoetoe 221 (J Plummer 66, N Aujla 50, S Keene 3-5, T Chitongo 3-55, T Duncraft 3-57) on the first innings.
Ellerslie 384/5 (H Azad 198, A Burton 45, M Wall 38, V Khanna 30) lost to Waitakere 403/6 (J Challis 167*, J Venkatrao 71, S Mirza 48, B Nash 35, W Henderson 31) on the first innings.
Eden Roskill 293 (R Sandhu 64, B Rowland 60, B Vora 53, S Desai 40, H Robertson 3-38, C de Beer 3-69) and 175/7 (M Mujtaba 51, V Puppala 42, C de Beer 4-58) lost to Grafton 307/9 dec (M Ruffell 108, N Fletcher 86, H Johal 5-79) and 162/2 / (N Fletcher 65*, H Ward 47) outright by 8 wickets.
East Coast Bays 355/9 (R Schierhout 115, C Gaylard 61, C Groenink 50, B Smith 44, A Jayampathi 4-66) defeated Birkenhead 122 (A Jayasinghe 47, T Treadaway 47, P Mecredy 6-26) and 374/9 (A Christian 136, M Masand 76*, A Jayasinghe 37, A Jayampathi 33, C Rajapaksha 32, L Delport 4-84, P Mecredy 3-124) on first innings.
Papatoetoe 66 (R Lilii 33*, S Bultitude 4-9) lost to Takapuna 67/0 (L Down 48*) by ten wickets.
Howick Pakuranga 40 (B Illing 7-18, F Jonas 3-9) lost to Cornwall 41/0 by ten wickets.
Auckland University 382/4 (K Gurrey 149, A Peterson 121, J Prasad 53*) defeated Parnell 92 (A Eastwood 6-25, A Babu 3-21) by 290 runs.