Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 18 November

Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 18 November

Hedley Howarth

Grafton vs. Cornwall

Cornwall dominated with the bat on day two against Grafton to claim first innings points and keep pace with the front runners in the Hedley Howarth competition.

Sam Crooks was in scintillating touch scoring 144* as Cornwall chased down Grafton’s 265 on a gloomy day at Vic Park.

Crooks’ innings was a picture of patience and concentration as he dropped anchor with stroke makers around him, while still managing 15 boundaries of his own.

Crooks shared in a massive 155-run partnership with Brian Barnard, the big South African unlucky to miss out on triple figures by an agonising one run.

Sam Anderson also chimed in with 69, backing up his five wickets from last week to complete a strong all-round game.

Grafton tried ten bowlers in total, Michael Snedden’s 1-18 off 12 overs the best of the lot on a trying day in the dirt for the home side.

Grafton 265 (S Variath 44, N Hendrie 46, I Cockbain 77, J Parsons 37; S Anderson 5-36) lost first innings to Cornwall 406/5 (J Hayes 48, S Crooks 144*, B Barnard 99, S Anderson 69)


Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe

It was a day of two halves at Onewa Domain over the weekend with Takapuna initially dominating proceedings before the boys from out south came roaring back late in the day.

In pursuit of 400, Takapuna’s Guy Harley was in blockbusting form at the top of the order combining patience with his well-documented big hitting ability.

Harley slapped 18 fours and eight sixes around Onewa scoring a massive 182 runs and in the process picking up his club baggy.

There was support from Craig Cachopa (53) and Henrick van Vuuren (30), however a flurry of wickets after tea meant Papatoetoe roared back into the contest.

The visitors’ comeback was spearheaded by Bhupinder Singh who took 5-75, getting through a mountainous 29.2 overs.

Singh had support from spin twin Nav Aujla who took 3-99, the visitors doing well to turn the game on its head in the final few hours.

The win means Papatoetoe remain unbeaten in this year’s Hedley Howarth with two first innings victories and a draw.

Papatoetoe 400-9 dec (L Clark 102, S Money 119, AS Sohal 44, N Aujla 40, L Istead 48) won first innings over Takapuna 385 (G Harley 182, D ter Braak 42, C Cachopa 53, H van Vuuren 30; B Singh 5-75, N Aujla 3-99)


Parnell vs. East Coast Bays

Parnell’s Josh Fisher dominated with the ball at Shore Road as his side completed the job against East Coast Bays to claim first innings points.

Starting the day at 128/6 in pursuit of Parnell’s first innings total of 239, the Bays lower order tried to rally, faced with an attack that included Auckland Ace Lockie Ferguson.

However, it was Fisher who was the chief destroyer, taking 5-46 from a shade under 19 overs.

The home side bowled well as a unit and managed to dismiss Bays for 189 gaining a small first innings lead.

Skipper Dave Goddard then went about setting up a game; Parnell putting on 200 in quick time led by a Ben Rainger half century.

Louis Delport was bowling well again and made it ten wickets for the match with 4-65 in the Parnell second innings.

With a bit of rain about, ECB saw out ten overs before the captains shook hands and Parnell took the first innings points.

Parnell 239 (B Rainger 42, M McCann 51, D Van Deventer 87; R Harrison 4-62, L Delport 6-83) and 200/5 dec. (B Rainger 64, A Lane 34, J Simpson 39, B Rodden 34; L Delport 4-65) won first innings over East Coast Bays 189 (Cole Briggs 62; J Fisher 5-46 M Ravlic 3-49) and 25/3


University vs. Howick Pakuranga

It was a case of what could’ve been in the University/Howick Pakuranga match at Colin Maiden, rain eventually meaning the game petered out to a draw.

With 313 runs on the board, Howick Pakuranga’s strong bowling lineup were disciplined in their approach, bowling tight lines coupled with good field sets.

At 58/3, Howick Pak were well in the contest, an early wicket to Mitchell McClenaghan and two to Rutvik Botadra meant the visitors would have fancied their chances of a first innings victory.

However, the Uni middle order had other ideas and dug in on a slow pitch that was becoming increasingly difficult to score on.

Tom Wells, Hareen Silva and Wajihuddin Muhammad all made half centuries as the Uni side started to sense a chance of a late run at the total.

But with 78 runs still needed the rain came in effectively wiping out any chance of a result, the points shared with a draw.

Howick Pakuranga 313 (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) drew with Auckland University 235/4 (T Wells 65, JAMH Silva 50, W Muhammad 54*)


Tom Hellaby 

Waitakere vs. Suburbs New Lynn 

Waitakere resumed day two with a large lead and first innings points all but assured, the home side pushing hard for an outright win against the in-form Suburbs side.

A first innings lead of 70 runs meant that the stage was set for the Waitakere batsmen to open up and set up a total large enough for their bowlers to push for the outright victory.

Returning Auckland Aces all-rounder Michael Barry turned the game around for Suburbs running through the Waitakere top order in very quick time to leave both results very much in play.

With the score at 119/7 and all recognised batsmen back in the shed Waitakere needed the tail to wag to avoid giving Suburbs a way back into the game.

Robert Evans-Moore proved to be the man for Waitakere scoring a vital 31 runs to give the home side a total of 166/8, a lead of 236 heading into the fourth innings.

Suburbs went for it from ball one, Raj Majithia batting with absolute freedom scoring runs with ease.

When Barry joined him at the crease the pair really broke free and suddenly Suburbs had a sniff at an unlikely outright victory.

Barry fell for 60 runs off just 40 balls, a great knock that included three sixes. His wicket slowed the momentum for Suburbs and when Majithia fell for 85, Suburbs’ charge at the total was over.

A very entertaining game at Te Atatu Park ending with the home side securing first innings points.

Waitakere 209 (J Challis 47, R Evans Moore 33) and 166/8 (S Mirza 35, R Evans-Moore 31*; M Barry 5-37) won first innings over Suburbs New Lynn 139 (R Evans Moore 5-35, T Ngatai 3-35) and 184/5 (R Majithia 85, M Barry 60)


Birkenhead vs. Ellerslie 

Play resumed at Shepherds Park with Birkenhead needing a strong effort with the bat after Ellerslie piled on 400 the week before.

Melyvn Lucas got Ellerslie off to the perfect start picking up a wicket only four balls into the day – not the start the home side were looking for.

Dipesh Patel joined the party with Lucas, the Ellerslie opening bowlers putting in a great shift for their team taking eight wickets between them, Patel finishing with excellent figures of 5-63 off 17 overs.

A fighting 62 from L Steyn was the best of the Birkenhead batting, the home side all out for 249 securing first innings points for Ellerslie.

With 29 overs still to play and a lead of 153, Ellerslie had time to push for the outright victory if they could snare a few early wickets.

Fortunately for Birkenhead, Tony Treadaway played an excellent knock at the top of the order scoring a solid 57* and despite losing two early wickets the boys from Birkenhead were looking very comfortable.

In the end with Birkenhead at 106/2 the two captains shook hands, Ellerslie securing first innings points after their day one dominance with the bat.

Ellerslie 402-3 dec. (A Alam 130, A Edekar 167, V Khanna 60) won first innings over Birkenhead 249 (D Steyn 39, A Christian 47, L Steyn 62; D Patel 5-63, M Lucas 3-64) and 106/2 (T Treadaway 57*)


North Shore vs. Eden Roskill 

Eden Roskill resumed play 52/3 in reply to 276 from North Shore, an even game with first innings spoils up for grabs for both teams.

Barrington Rowland and Shaneil Sharma combined for an excellent partnership to have Roskill sitting pretty at 100/3, a very even contest at this stage.

Enter Gus McKenzie…

McKenzie ripped through the Roskill batting order taking excellent figures of 6-32 ensuring the Shore first innings points and a lead of 106.

With plenty of overs left, suddenly an outright win was a possibility for the home side whilst Eden Roskill had to survive.

Carl Brungar ran rampant with the new ball to put Shore firmly in the driver’s seat taking a fantastic 6-56.

Unfortunately for Shore, Brungar was the only bowler who could find the breakthroughs; Vikrant Sirohi and Barrington Rowland combining for a much-needed partnership.

Rowland and Sirohi both scoring half centuries to get Eden Roskill out of trouble, Sirohi finishing the day 60*.

In the end, despite Carl Brungar’s heroics Eden Roskill managed to hang on, North

Shore having to settle for first innings spoils.

North Shore 276 (A Wickramanayake 83, T Chitongo 59, S Hinds 34; R Sandhu 4-66) won first innings over Eden Roskill 170 (B Rowland 33, S Sharma 52; G McKenzie 6-32) and 186/6 (B Rowland 59, V Sirohi 60*, B Vora 32*; C Brungar 6-56)