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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 7 December

Club Cricket

Honda Financial Premiership Report | 7 December

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Only one unbeaten team remains in each of the Jeff Crowe Cup and Pearl Dawson Trophy competitions.

Premier Men
Jeff Crowe Cup

East Coast Bays vs. Ellerslie – Michaels Ave

Ryan Schierhout scored his third hundred of the season, an unbeaten 136 from just 63 deliveries, as East Coast Bays raced to a second win and an early finish.

Chris Groenink (3-39) and Josh van der Sande conceded just 30 from the first ten overs, setting the scene for left-armer Phil Mecredy (3-38), Premier Cricket’s leading wicket-taker, to strike twice in his first over. Thanks largely to middle-order duo Dipesh Patel (43) and skipper Matt Wall (37), Ellerslie posted 189, all out with seven balls left in their inning.

The visitors opened with spinner Ariyan Hassan and it paid off with a wicket from his first ball. From that point on, it was the Schierhout show. The opener warmed up for this week’s opening round of club T20, pounding a 48-ball hundred that included 10 fours and 10 sixes. Cole Briggs (31*) hit the winning runs with 27.1 overs to spare as Bays took their record to 2-1.

Ellerslie 189 (D Patel 43, M Wall 37, H Azad 32, P Mecredy 3-38, C Groenink 3-39) lost to East Coast Bays 191/2 (R Schierhout 136*, C Briggs 31*) by eight wickets.

Cornwall vs. Birkenhead – Cornwall Park

Lead by a swift bowling performance, Cornwall also have a 2-1 record after a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Birkenhead.

Abidine Sakande knocked the top of the Birkenhead batting order with four wickets in his opening six-over spell with the new ball. It didn’t get any easier for Birkenhead, slipping to 69/6. Mayur Masand (47*) and Anurudha Jayampathi (34) offered Birkenhead some stability, but Scott Marra (3-33) and Matt Gibson (2-18) hit their straps to bowl the visitors out for 153.

In reply, Michael Guptill-Bunce took 20 from the first over. The skipper didn’t stop there, blasting 7 fours and two sixes in a whirlwind 48 off 27 balls. Aditya Dhadwal (69*) hit 12 fours, combining with Sam Crooks (25*) to steer the chase home. 

Birkenhead 153 (M Masand 47, A Jayampathi 34, A Sakande 4-31, S Marra 3-33) lost to Cornwall 154/2 (Ad Dhadwal 69*, M Guptill-Bunce 48) by eight wickets.

Takapuna vs Suburbs New Lynn – Onewa Domain 

Two centuries and a hat trick made for an exciting game as Suburbs New Lynn took an impressive four-wicket win over Takapuna.

Max O’Dowd dominated the scoring, batting through all but 9 balls of Takapuna’s 50 overs. Off-spinner Dane Watson opened the bowling for Suburbs New Lynn and his tidy start produced the big wicket of Will O’Donnell. Watson struck a few more crucial blows as well, taking the wickets of powerful trio Mike Sclanders, Hendrik van Vuuren and Simon Mathewson as part of a game-changing hat trick. 

Guy Harley (32) gave O’Dowd the support to get Takapuna through to 276/8. O’Dowd hit 14 fours and 5 sixes in his tremendous knock of 161 from 150 balls.

Ross ter Braak gave Takapuna the perfect start with the wicket of Raj Majithia. The key partnership again came from Finn Allen and Michael Barry (72), who added 137 runs for the third wicket. Allen kickstarted his inning by getting off the mark with his first of five sixes. Both players went past fifty before Suburbs lost four wickets in seven overs. Allen (134*) stood tall at the other end, bringing up his second hundred for Suburbs. Watson was there with Allen at the end as the visitors secured the points with 14 balls to spare.

Takapuna 276/8 (M O’Dowd 161, G Harley 32, D Watson 4-35 inc. hat trick) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 281/6 (F Allen 134*, M Barry 72) by four wickets.

Auckland University vs. Papatoetoe – Colin Maiden Park

Nick Stobart bowled Auckland University to their first win in this year’s Jeff Crowe Cup to spoil Papatoetoe’s unbeaten start.

University made first use of their home wicket as Graham Clark (74) and Ash Vodnala (60) both scored half-centuries. Ish Sohi proved to be Papatoetoe’s most effective bowler during an inning of tightly contested cricket. Vodnala’s fifty was his third of the season, while Clark continues to add stability to the University middle order.

Chasing 238, Papatoetoe couldn’t get anything going with the bat and Stobart compounded the visitor’s struggles. The skipper finished with figures of 5-24 as Papatoetoe were bowled out for 95. It was an important win for the hosts ahead of next week’s local derby with Ellerslie.

Auckland University 237/9 (G Clark 74, A Vodnala 60, I Sohi 3-26) defeated Papatoetoe 95 (N Stobart 5-24) by 142 runs.

Grafton vs. Waitakere – Te Atatu Park

Grafton recorded their biggest margin of victory in a 50-over match, after another aggressive batting effort against Waitakere.

Alex Edwards (37) and Harrison Ward (28) made up for a circumspect start, by rattling off 67 from the first ten overs. Both players were dismissed in quick succession as debutant Enrico du Toit took three wickets in his first four overs. Waitakere’s rally brought the in-form pair of Mike Ruffell (98*) and Nathan Fletcher (79) to the crease. The pair both hit fifties, before skipper Hamish Robertson (44) gave his side the big finish. 

With 344 on the board, Grafton fired up in the field. Rajat Kumar (57) and James Venkatrao (31) gave Waitakere some hope at the top of the order, but the innings fell away under scoreboard pressure. Jack Dymond took the first three wickets and returned at the death to take his first Premier five-wicket haul. In the end, Grafton bowled Waitakere out for 173 to establish a new club record.

Grafton 344/6 (M Ruffell 98*, N Fletcher 79, H Robertson 44, A Edwards 37, E du Toit 4-74) defeated Waitakere 173 (R Kumar 57, J Venkatrao 31, J Dymond 5-43) by 171 runs.

Howick Pakuranga vs. Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore

Parnell and Howick Pakuranga played out a final-over thriller, which ultimately saw the visitors hold on to be the only unbeaten side in the Jeff Crowe Cup.

Parnell were in early trouble at 3/2 after Howick Pakuranga’s left-arm duo of Mitchell McClenaghan and Donovan Grobbelaar both struck in their opening overs. Ben Horne (98) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (64) then fought through the host’s seam attack to put Parnell’s inning back on track. Horne hit 9 fours and 2 sixes, before falling to ACES’ teammate Jamie Brown two short of a fighting hundred. 39 runs came from the final eight overs as Howick Pakuranga won the death overs.

Chasing 241, adjusted by DLS, Howick Pakuranga got off to a solid start through Bill Walsh (38) and Daniel Young. The substantial knock, however, did not follow as several starts edged the hosts closer. When Brian Barnard (45) was dismissed Parnell held the upper hand, until Howick Pakuranga all-rounders Adam Jones and Rutvik Botadra put together 58 runs for the eighth wicket. Needing 13 runs from the final three deliveries, the match was still in the balance.

Josh Fisher had the ball in his hand. Jones was caught for 31 before McClenaghan was caught by wicketkeeper Harry Miller from the next delivery. Fisher snuck in one final dot to Botadra to win the match.

Parnell 229/6 (B Horne 98, F McGregor-Sumpter 64) defeated Howick Pakuranga 228/9 (B Barnard 45, B Walsh 38, A Jones 31, J Fisher 3-41 ) by 12 runs (DLS). 

North Shore vs. Eden Roskill – Devonport Domain

North Shore cobbled together a total before Tim Duncraft’s five-for ensured a return to the winner’s circle. 

Mitchell Bremner (31) and Joseph Moore (35) gave the hosts the perfect start with fifty coming up in the 7th over. Raja Sandhu led the Eden Roskill fight back ending the promising starts of both openers, while Shaniel Sharma got in on the act with the big wickets of Graeme Beghin and Richard Jones. North Shore’s total of 255 came largely on the back of the partnership between Tendai Chitongo (48) and Sam Hinds (40), but Sandhu (4-54) ensured the death overs were kept in check.

Tim Duncraft gave North Shore a pair of early wickets inside the first eight overs. Numbers three, four and five all reached 20 for Eden Roskill, but Vamshi Puppala (63) was the visitor’s only score of note. Skipper Michael Olsen and legspinner Chitongo each made a pair of crucial blows before Duncraft returned at the death to collect his fourth and fifth wickets.

North Shore 255 (T Chitongo 48, S Hinds 40, J Moore 35, M Bremner 31, R Sandhu 4-54, S Desai 3-25) defeated Eden Roskill 214 (V Puppala 63, T Duncraft 5-42) by 41 runs.

Premier Women
Pearl Dawson Trophy

Round One

Parnell vs. Takapuna – Thomas Bloodworth Park

Despite a racy 29 by Ingrid Cronin-Knight, Takapuna’s Claire Mains and Jane Barnett controlled much of the Parnell innings. Chasing 84, Takapuna cruised to fifty before Samantha Brake-Howard and Emma Irwin hit back. In the final over, the visitors eventually crossed the line with four wickets in hand.

Parnell 83 (C Mains 3-7, J Barnett 3-14) lost to Takapuna 84/6 by four wickets.

Papatoetoe vs. Howick Pakuranga – Orakei Domain

Helen Semau got the ball rolling for Papatoetoe and the rest of the bowling attack followed her lead. Kennedy Caton (24) top-scored for Howick Pakuranga, who were bowled out for 80. While Maddy Cooke took three wickets, Papatoetoe showed enough patience to win by four wickets.

Howick Pakuranga 80/8 lost to Papatoetoe 84/6 (M Cooke 3/7) by four wickets.

Auckland University vs. Cornwall – Orakei Domain

Annique Wikramanayake (31*) pushed Auckland University to the highest score of Round One. With 107 on the board, Naomi Matthew’s exceptional figures of 2-7 from four overs lead a complete performance with the ball. Zara Smith fought valiantly with the bat, but Cornwall were well behind the run-rate.

Auckland University 107/4 (T Wikramanayake 31*) defeated Cornwall 85/6 by 22 runs.

Round Two

Takapuna vs. Cornwall – Orakei Domain

Cornwall handed Takapuna their first loss of the season after posting 106/6, courtesy of Eikam Singh’s 34. Emily Thurman helped push the total past 100 after Jane Barnett’s three wickets stifled the top order. Takapuna’s chase never got the necessary momentum with excellent spells by Natalie and Hannah Brook ensuring Cornwall were up and running. 

Cornwall 106/6 (E Singh 34, J Barnett 3-7) defeated Takapuna 94/7 by 12 runs.

Howick Pakuranga vs. Auckland University – Orakei Domain

Auckland University again scored 107, but this time it wouldn’t be enough. Alyssa Bowden four wickets slowed University down after Naomi Matthews hit a breezy 37. Radhika Patel (52) then hit the highest individual score of the day as Howick Pakuranga completed a successful chase with nine balls to spare.

Auckland University 107/6 (N Matthews 37, A Bowden 4-5) lost to Howick Pakuranga 108/3 (R Patel 52) by seven wickets.

Parnell vs. Papatoetoe – Thomas Bloodworth Park

Papatoetoe made it two from two to sit atop the Pearl Dawson table. Batting first, Parnell chalked up 86/6 as five of Papatoetoe’s six bowlers took a wicket. Taofi Lafai then backed up figures of 1-4 from four overs with an unbeaten 32 to see Papatoetoe home as the only side with two wins on the opening day. 

Parnell 86/6 lost to Papatoetoe 87/3 (T Lafai 32*) by seven wickets.