The business end of the season has arrived in the Hedley Howarth competition with the top four sides battling for the championship whilst the bottom four are in a fight to avoid relegation.
Hedley Howarth – Top Four
Papatoetoe vs East Coast Bays
Papatoetoe played host to East Coast Bays in a vital match in the chase for the championship.
Pap had first crack with the willow, Chris Groenink (2-45) getting the visitors off to the perfect start picking up a wicket in the first over of the day.
Shortly after, Louis Delport and Tyrone Carter combined for a double strike to leave Pap in trouble at 47/3.
Stephen Money (100) and Oliver Reynolds Pringle (47) set about rebuilding for Pap, the pair putting on 75 for the fourth wicket.
Arminder Sohal (109) joined Money at the crease to continue the rebuild for Pap.
Money reaching his hundred, his knock including 12 boundaries and a maximum in a vital knock for his side.
Unfortunately for Pap, Money fell soon after reaching his century leaving the match evenly poised at 209/5.
Sohal did an excellent job batting with the tail bringing up his hundred helping his side to a first innings total of 346.
Bhupinder Singh (1-6) ensuring it was Papatoetoe’s day picking up a wicket in the penultimate over of the day ECB finishing the day 9/1.
Papatoetoe 346 (S Money 100, O Reynolds Pringle 47, A Sohal 109, A Sayed 31; L Delport 3-123) playing East Coast Bays 9/1
Auckland University vs Howick Pakuranga
It was the Adam Jones and Matt McEwan show on Saturday at Colin Maiden Park with the pair combining for seven wickets to put Howick Pakuranga in a dominant position against University.
Asked to bowl first, McEwan (3-41) was the first to strike for the visitors before Jones (4-57) came on first change and the pair went about dominating the Uni top order.
Opener Joe Barrett (55) stuck around as wickets fell around him scoring a very patient half century.
When Barrett departed, Beau Dench (46*) took over with the lower order as Uni scrambled together 188.
McEwan looked in fine form with the ball bowling with excellent control while Jones once again showed his potential getting through a strong 28-over workload.
The visitors got off to an impressive start with the blade, openers Bill Walsh and Daniel Young putting on 52 for the first wicket.
However, a double strike late in the day has given Uni a sniff on day two, Howick Pakuranga finishing 59/3 with a further 130 runs required for first innings points.
Auckland University 188 (JH Barrett 55, B Dench 46; MM McEwan 3-41, A Jones (4-57) playing Howick Pakuranga 59/3 (D Young 30; J Patel 3-29)
Hedley Howarth – Bottom Four
Parnell vs Cornwall
Parnell hosted old rivals Cornwall at Shore Road on Saturday with the visiting top order batting well to post 321/9 on day one.
The Cornwall innings was supplemented by strong partnerships throughout, Michael Guptill-Bunce (54) the first to pass the half century mark continuing his strong club form.
Number three Sam Crooks (98) was the rock for the visitors falling just short of what would have been a brilliant century.
Crooks plundered 14 boundaries in his innings with several stroke players batting around him to keep the tempo of the innings up.
Brain Barnard (55) was once again in the runs with another half century at a shade under a run-a-ball while some late strikes from Fanie de Villiers helped bump up the Cornwall total.
Josh Fisher was the stand out with the ball for Parnell taking 5-88 while he was ably supported by Dean van Deventer with 3-51.
Cornwall had a crack at the home side’s batting before the day was out but the Parnell openers were up to the task, setting up an enticing day two chase at Shore Road.
Cornwall 321/9 (ML Guptill-Bunce 54, S Crooks 98, B Barnard 55, F de Villiers 34; J Fisher 5-88, D Van Deventer 3-51) playing Parnell 22/0
Takapuna vs Grafton
Takapuna had a dominant day against Grafton, picking up the first innings spoils on the back of a strong bowling performance.
After Ross ter Braak (3-35) and Dan James (1-33) did the early damage it was the turn of left-arm spinner Matt Jones (4-9) to rip through the Grafton batting lineup.
Jones was virtually unplayable in his seven overs as he terrorized the visitors with opener Jack Parsons (54) the only batsman to make a stand of note.
After knocking their opponents over for 105, Takapuna then went in pursuit of quick runs and had earned first innings points by the 20th over of their innings.
Guy Harley (43) and Will O’Donnell (33) put on runs at the top but the surprise package came in the form of Ross ter Braak (69) at number nine.
Ross ter Braak slapped eight fours and three sixes in his knock going at better than a run-a-ball
His innings gave Takapuna a healthy first innings lead, eventually bowled out for 227 giving their bowlers a chance to push for an outright win next week.
Grafton 105 (J Parsons 54; R ter Braak 3-35, M R Jones 4-9) & 54/6 (EH Herd 5-25) lost first innings to Takapuna 227 (GH Harley 43, WD O’Donnell 33, R ter Braak 69; K Ruffell 4-45, N Bhana 3-69)
Suburbs New Lynn vs Waitakere
Suburbs New Lynn produced a dominant display with bat and ball at Eastdale reserve on Saturday to give themselves a chance at an outright victory heading into day two.
Shozib Mirza (30) and Rajat Kumar (17) got Waitakere off to a fluent start putting on 47 for the first wicket.
Josh Presland (1-25) removed Mirza, however Waitakere made it to 72/1 to leave themselves in a solid position.
A run out from Jonathan Bassett-Graham sparked a collapse, Waitakere losing three wickets without adding to their total.
Anas Patel (3-27) and Harshal Vyas (3-21) were the chief destroyers for Suburbs picking up six wickets between them to leave Waitakere in dire straits.
Jared Challis (34) cleared the fence three times in a quick-fire cameo, his efforts in vain as Waitakere fell for 145 all out.
Suburbs found themselves in an early hole at 47/2 giving Waitakere a slight opening back into the game.
James Parslow (149*) seized the momentum for his side, scoring runs with ease whilst losing wickets at regular intervals around him.
Bradley Nash (4-74) was the pick of the Waitakere bowlers accounting for Suburbs middle order batsmen.
However, it was Parslow’s day, the number four batsmen bringing up his hundred and carrying his side to 310/7.
Suburbs finishing the day 165 runs ahead with an eye on an outright win next week.
Waitakere 145 (S Mirza 30, J Challis 34; H Vyas 3-21, A Patel 3-27) lost first innings to Suburbs New Lynn 340/7 (S Gunawarde 33, JR Parslow 149*, M Murray 31; B Nash 4-74)
Ellerslie vs Birkenhead
It was a run fest at Michaels Ave on Saturday, Ellerslie’s batsmen setting Birkenhead a huge first innings total.
Anubhav Thapa (112) and Varun Khanna (36) got the home side off to a solid start, Khanna falling with the total at 69.
Joshua Allan (100) joined Thapa at the crease, the pair were in sublime touch for Ellerslie rotating the strike with ease.
Birkenhead’s bowlers had no answers, the pair putting on a massive 166 for the second wicket to put Ellerslie in a dominant position.
Allan fell shortly after bringing up his hundred, his knock including 13 boundaries, an excellent knock from the Ellerslie keeper.
Captain Aditya Edekar (54) continued the momentum for his side scoring a quick-fire half century to see his side past the 300 mark.
Jaycob Curtling (4-123) toiled away all day for Birkenhead, picking up the big wicket of Thapa, before running through the middle order to slow Ellerslie down.
Ellerslie declared at 383/7 giving Birkenhead a tricky few overs to navigate before the safety of stumps.
Curtling (8*) and Dylan Steyn (4*) were up to the task for visitors, Birkenhead finishing the day 14/0.
Ellerslie 383/7 (A Thapa 112, V Khanna 36, J Allan 100, A Edekar 54; J Curtling 4-123) playing Birkenhead 14/0
Eden Roskill vs North Shore
It was a see-sawing affair between North Shore and Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park with the home side finishing the day with their noses in front.
Raja Sandhu (1-50) picked up an early wicket to get Eden Roskill off to the perfect start.
Graeme Beghin (159*) was in sublime form for Shore carting the bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Bhavik Vora (4-46) ran through Shore’s middle order to keep his side in the ascendency despite Beghin’s heroics.
Matt Strain (18) proved to be a thorn in Eden Roskill’s side, the number 10 batsmen putting on 75 with Beghin to help his side past the 250 mark.
Beghin was the last man standing for Shore finishing the innings 159*, the bulk of his side’s first innings total of 256.
Swayam Desai (69*) ensured there was to be no collapse for the home side scoring runs at a fast rate to slowly haul in Shore’s total.
Eden Roskill finishing a wild day of cricket 115/2, leaving the home side 142 runs short of claiming first innings points.
North Shore 256 (G Beghin 159*; B Vora 4-46) playing Eden Roskill 130/3 (S Desai 69*, O Chakraborty 31*)