Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 2 December

Auckland Cricket Long Report – 2 December

Hedley Howarth/Tom Hellaby

It was a genuine summer stunner across the Auckland region as the Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby competitions headed into Round Five.

Hedley Howarth

Parnell vs. Grafton

Down at Shore Road, Parnell hosted Grafton with Dave Goddard winning the toss and promptly deciding to have a bat.

There was some early success for the visiting bowlers, knocking the top off Parnell to reduce them to 55/3 after 20 overs.

But the early wickets brought Andy Lane and Brad Rodden together and the pair quickly went about steadying things for the home side.

Lane played with patience, dispatching the bad ball to the fence in an excellent 47, his partner in crime Rodden kicking on in the afternoon sun.

Rodden hit 14 boundaries and four sixes in a superb 134 manipulating the Grafton fielders as the home side built an imposing first innings total.

James Bevin (43) was another who batted around Rodden as Parnell looked to up the ante in the final couple of hours.

Eventually they were bowled out for 339, giving them a crack at the Grafton openers before the close of play.

Josh Fisher got the wicket the home side were hoping for knocking over Will Martin in the last over of the day to leave Grafton 29/1 at stumps.

Parnell 339 (B Rodden 134, A Lane 47, J Bevin 43; J Parsons 4-70, M Snedden 3-31) playing Grafton 29/1


Cornwall vs. Howick Pakuranga

A century from Brian Barnard was the standout performance in a strong effort with the bat from Cornwall on day one against Howick Pakuranga.

Cornwall won the toss and elected to bat with Taine Jolley striking a double blow early on.

Jolley picked up Henry Blackwell and then Jack Cassidy on consecutive balls to have the home side 0/2 and in early trouble.

But it was the work of Amit Dhadwal (70) and Sam Crooks (46) which righted things for Cornwall when they needed it most.

With a collapse avoided, Dhadwal then put on a 113-run partnership with Brian Barnard.

The big South African was at his blistering best working the ball to all parts of Cornwall Park, his good work with Dhadwal then continued with skipper Scott Marra (45*).

The home side batted the day to set 346/9, a large task in front of Howick Pakuranga with the bat next weekend on day two.

Cornwall 346/9 (B Barnard 104, A Dhadwal 70, S Crooks 46, S Marra 45*; T Jolley 4-87) playing Howick Pakuranga


Takapuna vs. University

Twenty-two wickets fell at Onewa Domain over the weekend in a game where University’s bowlers have already earned them first innings points over Takapuna.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, however they ran into a rampant Jordan Sussex – the Takapuna quick taking 6-57 in an excellent display of bowling.

Uni captain Hareen Silva (58) was the only batsman to show real application at the crease, continuing his brilliant season with the bat scoring the only half-century of the day’s play.

Bowled out for 159, Uni needed a strong performance with the ball to keep them in the hunt and that was exactly what they got.

Opening bowlers Tom Wells and Caleb Jasmat knocked the top off and never looked back as the visitors applied pressure in the park.

Taka’s batsmen had no real answers, a fighting 26 at number 10 from Matt Jones not enough to avoid giving up first innings points as Takapuna were bowled out for 100.

Wells finished with 4-40 and Jasmat 3-25, Uni with the kind of performance that proves this Hedley Howarth competition is wide open.

With time still left in the day, Ben Beecroft and Finn Allen were batting like they had a flight to catch, the pair putting on 43 in six overs before Beecroft departed.

Allen continued to swing before being run out late in the day for 49, Uni sensing a chance to claim an outright against the defending champs next weekend.

University 159 (JAMH Silva 58, V Anand 33; J Sussex 6-57) and 79/2 (F Allen 49) claimed first innings points over Takapuna 100 (T Wells 4-40, C Jasmat 3-25)


East Coast Bays vs. Papatoetoe

East Coast Bays came out firing at Windsor Park over the weekend, knocking over a high-flying Papatoetoe batting line-up to claim first innings points on day one.

Tyrone Carter and Louis Delport were both in sublime form with the ball for the Bays boys, taking four wickets each as the home side knocked over Papatoetoe for 113.

Delport bowled with great economy, his 4-22 off 14 overs including seven maidens.

Carter was equally as impressive with 4-34 as ECB strangled the life out of the Papatoetoe middle order.

With 113 to chase down for first innings points, the ECB top order did the bulk of the scoring, Vaidik Raj (40) scoring freely while Connor Ridge (30) dug in.

As has been the trend this season, Pap’s spinners got into their groove, Bhupinder Singh with five poles and Nav Aujla three.

Some big hitting from Michael Ross ensured the home side had a 57-run lead, made even better by Ryan Harrison squeezing out two before the close of play to have Bays in a dominant position leading into day two.

Papatoetoe 113 (T Carter 4-34, L Delport 4-22) and 10/2 conceded first innings points to East Coast Bays 170 (V Raj 40, M Ross 35, C Ridge 30; B Singh 5-47, N Aujla 3-45)


Tom Hellaby

Suburbs New Lynn vs. Birkenhead

Suburbs put in a dominant display on day one at Eastdale Reserve securing first innings points by the close of play to put Birkenhead on the back foot heading into day two.

The Suburbs bowlers hit their rhythm from ball one never giving the Birkenhead batsmen time to settle into their innings.

Harshal Vyas ran rampant with the ball taking excellent figures of 4-17 in his spell to put his side firmly in control of proceedings.

Vyas had great support in the form of Josh Presland and Michael Barry who took three wickets each to run through the Birkenhead line up to end the first innings 114 all out.

The home side backed up their excellent bowling performance with an equally impressive batting performance.

Barry and captain Victor Davies both scoring hundreds for Suburbs to put them firmly in control.

Barry was brilliant scoring 144 in quick time, ably supported by Davies who scored 119 boosting the home side’s total to 338/5 when Davies decided to declare.

Birkenhead finished the day 41/1, Suburbs securing first innings points and are in prime position to push for an outright victory next week.

Birkenhead 114 (H Vyas 4-17, M Barry 3-25, J Presland 3-28) and 41/1 conceded first innings points to Suburbs New Lynn 338/5 dec. (M Barry 144, V Davies 109, H Vyas 30; J Curtling 3-74)


Waitakere vs. North Shore

North Shore continued their good form in the Tom Hellaby and are on track to secure first innings points against Waitakere at Te Atatu Park.

Waitakere had first crack with the blade getting off to a decent start.

Carl Brungar and Simon Keen bowled well for North Shore, both bowlers taking wickets at crucial moments in the game ensuring that Waitakere could not build momentum.

Jared Challis the pick of the batsmen for Waitakere scoring a well-constructed 76 to ensure that his side produced a somewhat competitive total.

North Shore’s bowlers took wickets at the other end at regular intervals to close first innings proceedings with Waitakere all out for 246.

The Shore batsmen looked comfortable from ball one scoring runs with ease against the Waitakere bowlers.

Graeme Beghin and Asiri Wickramanayake putting on an important partnership, with both batsmen finishing the day unbeaten on 67* and 55* respectively.

Shore ended the day 162/1 in reply to Waitakere’s 246, a big bowling performance required from the home side on day two if they are to salvage a result.

Waitakere 246 (J Challis 76, N Fletcher 48, J O’Neill 30*; C Brungar 3-72, SJC Keen 3-65) playing North Shore 162/1 (G Beghin 67*, A Wickramanayake 55*, C Mahoney 33)


Ellerslie vs. Eden Roskill

In the final game of the round Ellerslie played host to Eden Roskill at Michaels Ave.

It proved to be a day for the bowlers with 21 wickets falling with Eden Roskill clinching first innings points with a result very much in play heading into day two.

Raja Sandhu was in top form for Eden Roskill running through Ellerslie’s line up in quick time finishing with excellent figures of 5-31.

Aditya Edekar the only Ellerslie batsmen to show resistance scoring 32, Edekar found little support and his side ended their first innings 118 all out.

The home side’s bowlers were in the mood early for Ellerslie taking quick wickets to leave the game even heading into the final session of the day.

Kamran Ayub and Srirag Harish taking 3-39 and 3-16 each to make sure Eden Roskill did not run away with the game.

Sandhu was the hero for Eden Roskill with the bat as well, scoring a fluent 69 to ensure his side of first innings points.

Eden Roskill declaring late in the day at 181/9 giving themselves a healthy lead and a few overs to bowl at Ellerslie.

The home side lost two before the close finishing the day 49/2 to leave Eden Roskill in charge heading into day two.

Ellerslie 118 (A Edekar 32; R Sandhu 5-31) and 49/2 conceded first innings points to Eden Roskill 181/9 dec. (R Sandhu 69; K Ayub 3-39, S Harish 3-16)