Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 11 November

Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 11 November

Hedley Howarth

Howick Pakuranga v University

University played host to Howick Pakuranga at Colin Maiden Park on Saturday with both teams looking to continue their strong start to the season.

Howick Pakuranga won the toss and chose to bat first in overcast conditions, Anthony Ireland getting University off to the perfect start taking a wicket with only the fourth ball of the match.

Jeet Patel continued the momentum for the home side removing Bill Walsh and Andrew Morrison to give University the upper hand heading to lunch with the score at 85-3.

David Winn and Donovan Grobbelaar steadied the ship putting on a patient 79-run partnership before Grobbelaar was dismissed by Ireland for a well-made 43 leaving the match evenly poised at 144-4.

Winn made his half-century before being dismissed for 59, University took another wicket and suddenly found themselves on top with the score at 177-6.

Cameron Neal proved to be the savior for the boys from Lloyd Elsmore scoring a quick-fire 50 off 46 balls, which ensured that Howick Pakuranga would set a decent total for University to chase.

In the end, a very up and down day at Colin Maiden Park with both teams having their moments setting up a very entertaining day two with Howick Pakuranga finishing the day 313 all out.

Howick Pakuranga 313 all out (D Winn 59, D Grobbelaar 43, D Phillips 34, C Neal 50, R Botadra 36, M McClenaghan 31; AJ Ireland 4-54, J Patel 3-103) playing Auckland University 0/0


Grafton v Cornwall

Five wickets from Sam Anderson has helped Cornwall into a strong position after day one of their fixture against Grafton at Vic Park.

At 101/2 the home side were looking good after winning the toss and electing to bat first, the top order of Sachin Variath (44), Nick Hendrie (46) and I Cockbain (77) all adding valuable runs.

However, the Cornwall bowlers stuck to the task in the afternoon sessions and managed to skittle the final five Grafton batsmen for just 65 runs.

Anderson was in fine form, using his full bag of tricks to wipe out the Grafton tail – he managed to claim the final three batsmen all for a duck.

In reply, Cornwall are 51/1 with Shastryn Nair and Jamie Hayes at the crease, having lost in-form opener Amit Dhadwal.

Grafton’s bowlers will need a fired up opening session next week if they are to work their way back into the contest.

Grafton 265 all out (S Variath 44, N Hendrie 46, I Cockbain 77, J Parsons 37; S Anderson 5-36) playing Cornwall 51/1


Takapuna v Papatoetoe

Two big centuries from Logan Clark (102) and Stuart Money (119) headlined a massive effort with the bat from Papatoetoe as they posted 400/9 declared on day one.

At 20/3 it wasn’t looking good for the boys from out south, the top three all back in the sheds.

However, Logan Clark came in at number four and started the rescue mission along with Arminder Sohal (44).

When Sohal departed, Stuart Money joined Clark and the pair went about putting on a massive 124-run partnership.

Clark was measured in his knock, an extremely well-paced innings given the circumstance he came to the crease.

Meanwhile Money showed his power game smashing seven sixes and 12 fours in his 119 off just 125 balls.

Takapuna tried nine bowlers in total, Jordan Sussex and Will O’Donnell claiming two wickets each but this was a day that belonged to the bat.

Nav Aujla (40) and Luke Istead (48) adding some valuable lower order runs to ensure Takapuna have a mountain to climb next week where they will resume 15/0 at Onewa Domain.

Papatoetoe 400-9 dec (L Clark 102, S Money 119, AS Sohal 44, N Aujla 40, L Istead 48) playing Takapuna 15/0


Parnell v East Coast Bays

The Parnell/East Coast Bays fixture is precariously placed at Shore Road with the visitors requiring a further 111 runs for first innings points.

Batting first Parnell put 239 on the board thanks largely to Dean Van Deventer’s 87.

It was a story of two bowlers from the East Coast Bays lineup with Louis Delport in sensational form with his left arm orthodox taking 6-83.

He was well supported by young gun Ryan Harrison who took 4-62 meaning Bays would’ve been feeling confident going into the change of innings.

Their reply has been stunted somewhat by Michael Ravlic’s three wickets meaning the first couple of hours next week are crucial to the result of this one.

Cole Briggs will resume on 45* for ECB and will need support from the young but promising Bays lower order to help get them over the line.

Parnell 239 all out (B Rainger 42, M McCann 51, D Van Deventer 87; R Harrison 4-62, L Delport 6-83) playing East Coast Bays 128/6 (Cole Briggs 45*; MT Ravlic 3-43)


Tom Hellaby

Waitakere v Suburbs New Lynn

Te Atatu Park played host to a very entertaining day of cricket on Saturday with Waitakere ending the day in the driver’s seat.

The home side got off to a good start with the bat, losing only one early wicket and with the total at 51/1, Waitakere had the platform they needed to score big.

Suburbs’ bowlers had other ideas, Waitakere lost their middle order in no time and suddenly found themselves in deep trouble at 59/4.

Jared Challis counter attacked for Waitakere scoring a very fluent 47 off 44 balls, a knock that would prove vital on a wicket that was full of surprises.

When Eli Meenhoorst dismissed Challis, the momentum swung back in Suburbs’ favour.

Wickets fell at a steady rate and Waitakere were all out for 209, early wickets were the aim of the game for Waitakere to try and contain the in-form Suburbs batsmen.

Robert Evans-Moore was the man of the hour for Waitakere taking excellent figures of 5-30 off just 12 overs.

The Suburbs batsmen had no answers for the bowling of Evans- Moore and Travis Ngatai, the openers accounting for seven of Suburbs’ batsmen.

The day ended with Suburbs floundering at 122/9, the tail will need to have a lot of fight for Suburbs to avoid giving up a sizeable first innings lead.

Waitakere 209 all out (J Challis 47, R Evans Moore 33) playing Suburbs New Lynn 122/9 (R Evans Moore 5-30)


Birkenhead v Ellerslie

It was a dream day for Ellerslie’s batsmen at Shepard’s Park with two massive centuries being scored to leave the away side firmly in control.

Birkenhead got off to an ideal start taking an early wicket, which would prove to be as good as it got for the home side.

Aditya Edekar joined Abrar Alam with the total at 6/1, a partnership was required to avoid exposing the middle order early on in the game.

Edekar and Alam were in the mood, both batsmen looking very solid early on wearing down the Birkenhead bowlers to bring Ellerslie into lunch only one wicket down.

The runs started to flow in the middle session with both Edekar and Alam making it look easy, both batsmen making their hundreds to put Ellerslie firmly in control.

Alam finally fell for 130, a great knock with included 15 boundaries and one six, a 275-run partnership between the pair leaving the middle order with the chance to bat with freedom.

Varun Khanna joined Edekar and the onslaught continued the pair hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.

Edekar finally fell for 167, 19 boundaries and one six highlighting a monumental knock for the Ellerslie skipper.

Khanna added icing to the cake scoring 60 off 45 balls to bring his side to 402-3 when Ellerslie declared.

Birkenhead survived a testing nine over period late in the day to end proceedings 35/0 – a big effort required next week.

Ellerslie 402-3 dec (A Alam 130, A Edekar 167, V Khanna 60) Playing Birkenhead 35/0


North Shore v Eden Roskill

North Shore returning home to Devonport Domain played out a very competitive day one against Eden Roskill with the home side coming out of the day slightly on top.

Asiri Wickramanayake started proceedings in good fashion for the home side seeing off the new ball quite comfortably to set the game up nicely for his side.

A run out and a Raja Sandhu double strike swung the momentum in Eden Roskill’s favour leaving Shore in trouble at 56/3.

Tendai Chitongo joined Wickramanayake and the pair set about rebuilding the innings.

Chitongo doing so in aggressive fashion scoring a run a ball 59 which brought North Shore back into the game.

Wickramanayake fell for 83 – a valuable innings that set his team up to post a competitive total.

The tail wagged somewhat despite Sandhu’s great day with the ball, Shore made it to 276 before losing their last wicket.

A testing 20 over period was waiting for Eden Roskill with survival the aim of the game for the batting side.

The Shore bowlers were on form, taking three quick wickets to end the day on top with Eden Roskill finishing 52/3.

A very interesting day two in store with both sides a chance of claiming first innings spoils.

North Shore 276 all out (A Wickramanayake 83, T Chitongo 59, S Hinds 34; R Sandhu 4-66) playing Eden Roskill 52/3