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Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report - 10 November

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Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 10 November

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Hedley Howarth Championship – Round One

Auckland University v Parnell

After last week, when Ollie Pringle ran through their batting lineup, Auckland University were always going to be under the pump to avoid a loss. Starting the day at 49/3, Charles Lowen (60) again top scored. Their batting was bolstered by the return of Finn Allen (35), and together they were able to push the University score to the point where they could at least make Parnell bat a second time. Ollie Pringle (3-63) was more expensive than he had been in the first innings, but still managed to pick up his 10-wicket haul for the match.

Parnell went in to bat after lunch, and with just 58 runs needed for victory, Ben Rae decided to see how fast they could finish up. He hit his 37 off 24 balls, and Parnell was able to claim the outright victory within 10 overs.

Auckland University 116 (C Lowen 44, CK Jasmat 20*; O Pringle 7-37) and 190 (C Lowen 60, F Allen 35; B Rodden 3-18, O Pringle 3-63) lost outright to Parnell 248/7 dec. (A Lane 64, B Rodden 64, O Pringle 49; N Stobart 5-86) and 59/1 (B Rae 37, B Rainger 9*; J Patel 1-7)

Suburbs New Lynn v Takapuna

Suburbs New Lynn started the day on 89/4, after they bowled out Takapuna for 125 in their first innings. While they were in a good position they faced the delicate mathematics of how many runs they should aim for versus how many overs they might need to bowl Takapuna out for a second time. Mitchell Murray (87*) and James Parslow (37) made a solid start, and when Parslow was dismissed LBW, Murray combined with Dane Watson (34) to keep the score going. Suburbs eventually batted for 40 more overs to finish at 243 in their first innings.

Takapuna was then tasked with lasting out the day. The likelihood of them forcing Suburbs to bat again was slim when they were two wickets down within four overs.

There were some impressively long stands – Shane Setia reached 18 runs off 58 balls, Daniel James 9 from 56. The upshot was that when six o’clock came, Takapuna were still batting, and might have thought that they had done enough to salvage the draw. The light, however, worked against them. A bright evening meant that the Suburbs New Lynn bowlers were easily able to keep bowling. Eventually they got the result, bowling out Takapuna for 89.

Takapuna 125 (S Setia 53*, G Harley 24; D Watson 3-27, J Presland 3-43) and 89 (S Setia 18; V Davies 3-11, J Presland 3-81) lost outright to Suburbs New Lynn 243 (M Murray 87*, J Parslow 37; M Jones 4-51, S Setia 2-18)

East Coast Bays v Howick Pakuranga

The match at Windsor Park could have been either team’s till late in the day. East Coast Bays started the day at 6/0, then quickly found themselves at 12/2. Sebastian Langridge (80) came to the rescue, as along with Ryan Harrison (48) East Coast Bays began to put together a good innings.

Adam Jones got the breakthrough for Howick Pakuranga, dismissing both set batsmen in consecutive balls. Cole Briggs (40) and Jason Onslow (34) then both began to put as much of a lead on as possible, in slightly quicker time than their teammates had.

Remarkably, a second bowler found himself on a hat-trick during the innings. Taine Jolley bowled first Briggs, then Ryan Schierhout. Louis Delport survived the hat-trick ball, but as the batsmen went for a second, Jones ran out Onslow. That was enough for East Coast Bays, declaring on 255/8 with a lead of 222.

This was a gettable total for Howick Pakuranga, provided they were quick about scoring. To go about that, Daniel Young (76) and Donavan Grobbelaar (59) propelled the Alpacas to 150/3. Michael Ross dismissed first Grobbelaar and then Young two overs later, and the chase looked decidedly shaky. Howick Pakuranga moved from searching to survival, and finished with the first-innings points.

East Coast Bays 164 (C Briggs 52, M Ross 32; D Grobbelaar 4-31, R Botadra 3-55) and 225/8 dec. (S Langridge 80, R Harrison 48; A Jones 3-57, T Jolley 2-28) lost first innings to Howick Pakuranga 197/6 dec. (D Winn 49*, D Phillips 47; L Delport 3-76, B Smith 2-52) and 181/6 (D Young 76, D Grobbelaar 59; M Ross 2-26, R Harrison 2-41)

Papatoetoe v Cornwall

Cornwall began the day at 90/3, looking for a big partnership to put pressure on Papatoetoe later in the day. While they did achieve that, it was done at a snail’s pace. Amit Dhadwal (76*) and Aditya Dhadwal (44) combined for 60 runs from 39 overs. Building a big lead wasn’t on the cards, and eventually Cornwall settled for getting a first innings lead at all.

On Papatoetoe’s side, the lack of wickets would have been intensely frustrating, even as they restricted Cornwall’s scoring. Bupinder Singh (1-36) bowled an incredible 14 maidens from 27 overs.

Cornwall declared after lunch, four runs ahead of Papatoetoe’s first innings score. Papatoetoe were then sent in to bat on essentially a hiding to nothing. Unless they absolutely thrashed the bowling and then declared there was no chance of getting Cornwall batting again. Even if they did achieve that, Cornwall had already proved they weren’t going to be easily dismissed.

Papatoetoe’s second innings was well measured, focused less on hitting the leather off the ball than making sure they didn’t collapse and give Cornwall the opportunity for an outright win.

At the end of the day Papatoetoe were on 136/5, and Cornwall picked up first innings points.

Papatoetoe 201 (J Plummer 65, L Clark 34, H Vyas 33; F de Villiers 3-51) and 136/5 (H Vyas 45, L Clark 29; E Jones 2-39) lost first innings to Cornwall 205/6 dec. (Amit Dhadwal 76*, Aditya Dhadwal 44; D Bhatti 1-22)

Tom Hellaby Championship – Round One

Grafton v Ellerslie

Ellerslie’s second innings saved them at Victoria Park, after Grafton put on a huge lead.
Already 70 runs ahead when their batsmen walked out on day two, Olly Westbury reached his hundred and Sachin Variath picked up his 50 before he was dismissed just prior to lunch.

Grafton declared early in the second session, with a lead of 183. With at least two sessions to have a crack at dismissing Ellerslie. Grafton would have been confident of a result.
But Ellerslie were determined to make up for their first innings. Opener Josh Alan (67) scored well, and he was joined at 95/2 by Alan Burton (14*).

Once Burton was in, he simply refused to get out. It was 23 balls before he scored a run, and his 74-ball innings for 14 must have been infuriating for the Grafton bowlers. Ellerslie finished at 150/3 and Grafton picked up first innings points.

Ellerslie 151 (D Patel 45, J Myers 38, A Edekar 33; D Marsh 5-44, J Parsons 2-22) and 150/3 (J Allan 67, A Alam 23; H Roberson 1-21) lost first innings to Grafton 334/9 dec. (O Westbury 104, D Taylor 70; A Sreenivasan 3-63)

Eden Roskill v Waitakere

Eden Roskill’s batsmen put on an incredible performance to secure a victory against Waitakere. Starting the day off at 204/3, Barrington Rowland (126*) and Oyishik Chakraborty (64*) together kicked on to an unbeaten 176-run partnership. Scored at a brisk pace, Eden Roskill declared at 332/3 and sent Waitakere out to bat again before lunch.

Waitakere were not going to give up without a fight, however. Despite being 1/1 in the second over, the rest of the top order put together partnerships and took their time. Jared Challis made 60 off 104, and when he was dismissed late in the afternoon, Waitakere would likely have felt they had done enough to salvage a draw.

But the bright day stretched long into the evening, and Eden Roskill kept bowling. It was past 6:00pm when Rowland picked up his third wicket, and Waitakere were all out for 197.

That gave them a lead of just 11 runs, and Eden Roskill went out for their fourth innings. They secured the win in the second over.

Waitakere 146 (J Henderson 40*, S Mirza 34; R Sandhu 5-31, B Rowland 2-14) and 197 (J Challis 60, B Fraser 34; W Burrows 3-21, B Rowland 3-31) lost outright to Eden Roskill 332/3 dec. (B Rowland 126*, S Chopra 74; J Henderson 2-55) and 13/0

North Shore v Birkenhead

North Shore’s Tendai Chitongo produced an exceptional bowling effort in Birkenhead’s first innings, to follow up his 66 with the bat.

Already three wickets down at the start of day two, Birkenhead struggled to put together anything resembling a partnership. Chitongo snared six wickets in his 17 overs, finishing with figures of 7-39. Birkenhead were all out for 133 before lunch – 176 runs short of the North Shore total.

North Shore enforced the follow-on, and were immediately rewarded. In the five overs before lunch, they picked up two wickets.

It didn’t get any better for Birkenhead. Only one of their batsmen made it past 12, and none occupied the crease for long enough to concern North Shore. Chitongo took three more wickets – nine in the day, 10 in the match.

The result was never in doubt, it was just a question of when. Birkenhead ended up all out for 88.

North Shore 309/8 dec. (R Thomson 82, T Chitongo 66, A Wickramanayake 52, M Olsen 45; T Treadaway 2-48) won outright against Birkenhead 133 (A Christian 31; T Chitongo 7-39, S McGowan 1-9) and 88 (A Jayasinghe 20; C Brungar 3-20, T Chitongo 3-30)