Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 26 November

Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 26 November

Hedley Howarth

Grafton vs. Takapuna

At Vic Park, reigning Hedley Howarth champions Takapuna did the business to claim first innings points over Grafton.

A sublime effort with the bat from Taka on day one was headlined by Craig Cachopa’s 156 at number four.

It’s the Aces batsman’s second ton this month and included 19 boundaries and three sixes.

Cachopa was well supported by the Taka batting card, Will O’Donnell (49), Hendrick van Vuuren (66), Dan James (50*) and Elliott ‘Powerhouse’ Herd (47) all contributing with valuable, quick runs.

With 408/7 dec. on the board, Takapuna had a crack at Grafton before the day was out but couldn’t break through.

The home batsmen were in the fight as they stared down the massive first innings total, openers Sachin Varitath (36) and Will Martin (38) putting on 84 for the first wicket.

Ian Cockbain managed a half century in the middle but none of the Grafton batsman could kick on to that really big score.

As the total started to get a bit big on the home side, they took a more defensive approach, Dylan Taylor (40) doing well to keep them in the contest.

However, a double strike from Dan James in the 84th over swung it back in Taka’s favour as the visitors ran through the Grafton tail to claim the first innings points.

Takapuna 408/7 dec (WD O’Donnell 49, C Cachopa 156, HV Van Vuuren 66, DPJ James 50, EH Herd 47) won first innings over Grafton 275 all out (S Variath 36, W Martin 38, I Cockbain 57, A Parikh 42, D Taylor 40; DPJ James 3-19)


University vs. Cornwall

Cornwall humbled high-flying University with a first innings win that looked completely unlikely after the opening hour of play.

University got off to the perfect start with Caleb Jasmat taking a wicket third ball of the day to put the pressure straight on the boys from Cornwall.

Pierce Fletcher and Tom Wells turned the game on its head, both bowlers running riot reducing Cornwall to 31/7 in the 18th over, University well and truly in control, Cornwall in disarray.

Enter Teja Nidamanuru…

The Cornwall all-rounder played an unbelievable knock batting with the tail scoring a run-a-ball 145 to bring his side right back into the game.

Nidamanuru shared a remarkable 151-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Fanie de Villiers (73) helping boost the total up to 297.

There was work to do for Uni and they started in a positive fashion, openers Ben Beecroft and Joe Barrett putting on 97 for the first wicket.

Cornwall’s bowlers stuck to their guns on day two and didn’t leak easy runs while taking consistent wickets.

After his heroics with the bat, de Villiers was one of the standouts with the ball also taking 3-49 off his 17 overs.

Sam Anderson and Nidamanuru took two a-piece in a strong all-round effort as the visitors managed to bowl out Uni for 224 and claim the first innings points.

Cornwall 297 all out (T Nidamanuru 145, S Marra 34, F De Villiers 73; T Wells 3-96, PJ Fletcher 4-39) won first innings against Auckland University 224 all out (BJC Beecroft 53, JH Barrett 47, JAMH Silva 36; F de Villiers 3-49)


Howick Pakuranga vs. East Coast Bays

It was an absolute classic between East Coast Bays and Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park with the home side claiming an outright win but not before ECB got the first innings points.

Day one’s story belonged to Seb Langridge who scored a brilliant 101 to anchor the ECB innings.

Howick’s reply was littered with early wickets, Tyrone Carter striking twice in one over to reduce them to 59/6.

A fighting 73 at number eight from Andrew Morrison gave the home side a sniff but at 170/9 they decided to concede first innings points and push for an outright victory.

Their decision payed off.

ECB set up the match scoring 153/4 in their second crack, a run-a-ball half century from Kieran Seedall (62) at the top the main contribution.

With 236 required for victory, this time Howick showed much more application at the crease.

Bill Walsh anchored the fourth innings chase scoring a very impressive 99* – a true captain’s knock.

Morrison (42) and Dale Phillips (41) both went at over a run-a-ball to ensure their side stayed up with the required run rate.

Mitch McClenaghan was promoted up the order to keep things moving, his 17 off 7 balls seeing Howick to the brink before Rutvik Botadra and Walsh saw them over the line in a superbly timed chase.

Both sides will come away with points, an entertaining, up and down affair that had it all.

East Coast Bays 252 all out (S Langridge 101, M Ross 46; R Botadra 3-43, M McClenaghan 3-44) and 153/4 (K Seedall 62, V Raj 40, S Langridge 37*; K McKenzie 3-39) won first innings points but lost outright to Howick Pakuranga 170/9 dec (S Borland 31, A Morrison 73; L Delport 4-77) and 236/7 (B Walsh 99*, A Morrison 42, D Phillips 41; L Delport 3-105)


Papatoetoe vs. Parnell

Papatoetoe continued their red-hot form with a first innings victory over Parnell, the boys from out south looking like genuine title contenders in 2017/18.

Strong contributions from the top four ensured Pap got off to a good start, Caleb Brookland (49) and Josh Plummer (61) putting on a century stand for the first wicket.

Parnell’s spinners got though more than half the overs for their side, Dave Goddard again in the wickets with 4-74.

At 278 all out the game was evenly poised and both sides would’ve fancied their chances of picking up the ten first innings points.

Day two however was all about spin twins Nav Aujla and Bhupinder Singh who took all ten Parnell wickets between them.

It took only nine overs for the tweakers to get the ball in their hands, and once they did there was no getting it off them.

Aujla was at his absolute best, taking 7-68 in a spell that was reminiscent of his destruction job against Takapuna last season.

He accounted for five of the top six batsman and at 199/6 Parnell were on the back foot.

Andy Lane (37) offered some resistance in the middle order but the Parnell batsmen were no match for the spin.

Singh chimed in with three of his own as the visitors were bundled out for 152 in the 53rd over.

Pap asked Parnell to bat again and opened with Aujla, giving him every chance at ten for the match.

However, this time Parnell’s top order showed more fight, 50 from Flynn McGregor-Sumpter and 45 from Andy Lane meant they finished 149/5, Aujla with eight wickets in the match, Papatoetoe the first innings spoils.

Papatoetoe 278 all out (C Brookland 49, J Plummer 61, S Money 36, L Clark 47; D Goddard 4-74) won first innings over Parnell 152 all out (A Lane 37; N Aujla 7-68, B Singh 3-47) and 149/5 (F McGregor-Sumpter 50*, A Lane 45)


Tom Hellaby


Eden Roskill vs. Suburbs New Lynn

Eden Roskill played host to Suburbs New Lynn in a nail biting affair at Keith Hay Park.

The home side batted first and quickly found themselves in trouble courtesy of Josh Presland taking a couple of early wickets to put Suburbs on top.

Vikrant Sirohi walked to the crease with his side in trouble at 40/4 a rebuilding effort was required.

Sirohi batted very well with the lower order getting Eden Roskill out of trouble and then putting his side on the front foot, supported by a quick-fire half century by Azhar Abbas, Eden Roskill passed 300.

Sirohi eventually fell for an excellent knock of 102, his innings playing a huge role in boosting his sides total up to 321, meaning it was game on heading into the second innings at Keith Hay Park.

The home side got off to the perfect start taking a wicket in the very first over to put Suburbs on the back foot early.

Raj Majithia looked comfortable at the crease for Suburbs, managing to see off the new ball whilst losing his top order around him.

Victor Davies came to the crease and teed off from ball one, scoring 70 off just 42 deliveries, the knock including 11 fours and two sixes which gave his side the momentum.

Once Davies was dismissed Majithia was slowly running out of partners as the target got closer, Harjot Johal got the breakthrough removing Majithia for an excellent 140.

With Suburbs 305/9 it was up to the last pair to score the remaining runs to secure first innings points.

Luke Devereaux and Eli Meenhorst proved up to the task putting on a 35-run partnership for the last stand to secure first innings points for Suburbs.

Eden Roskill 321 all out (S Sharma 33, V Sirohi 102, B Vora 39, A Abbas 53) lost first innings against Suburbs 340 all out (R Majithia 140, V Davies 70; H Johal 4-59, P Kumar 3-60)


North Shore vs. Ellerslie

North Shore put in a dominant performance at home to secure an outright win against Ellerslie.

Ellerslie had first crack with the willow and soon found themselves in trouble at 33/3. P Narsimhan joined Abrar Alam at the crease and the pair set about rebuilding the innings.

Gus McKenzie managed to dismiss Narsimhan after an excellent 124-run partnership with Alam had brought Ellerslie right back into the match.

Tendai Chitongo and Carl Brungar came back into the attack and ripped through Ellerslie’s lower order in very quick time to leave Alam 85*, Ellerslie all out for 204.

After an early wicket, captain Graeme Beghin came to the crease for North Shore and promptly took control of the contest.

Beghin scoring runs with ease hitting the ball to all parts of the ground in a great knock of 157 which included 22 fours and two sixes to put his side firmly in the driver’s seat.

Beghin was eventually dimissed with his side’s total over 300 and he soon elected to declare at 330/8 giving his side a lead of 124 runs.

First innings destroyers Brungar and Chitongo were at it again for the home side, the pair taking nine wickets between them.

Chitongo finishing with excellent figures of 6-29 off 14 overs, his contribution helping bowl Ellerslie out for only 136 leaving North Shore only 11 runs needed to secure outright victory.

The openers promptly scored the runs wrapping up a comprehensive outright victory for the home side.

Ellerslie 204 all out (A Alam 85, P Narsimhan 66; C Brungar 3-41, T Chitongo 3-35) and 136 (A Deshpande 38, A Edekar34; T Chitongo 6-29, C Brungar 3-40) lost outright to North Shore 330/8 dec (C Mahoney 51, G Beghin 157, G McKenzie 40) and 11/0


Birkenhead vs Waitakere

Waitakere put in a dominant performance at Shepherds Park to secure an outright victory.

Shozib Mirza looked comfortable at the crease from ball one for Waitakere scoring runs with ease.

Regular partnerships kept Waitakere ahead of the game, Mirza the star performer scoring a run-a-ball 120 to set his side up for a big score.

Manoj Patel and U Ghani bowled well for the home side taking three wickets each to stem the flow of runs eventually dismissing Waitakere for 330.

Robert Evans-Moore took a wicket 2nd ball of the innings to put Birkenhead on the back foot right from the start.

Jaycob Curtling was the only Birkenhead batsmen to show any resistance to Waiatakere’s bowlers scoring 69, Evans-Moore running rampant taking 6-58 with Birkenhead only managing 142 in the first innings.

Waitakere chasing the outright win put Birkenhead into bat again, the home side’s openers making that decision appear dicey putting on 63 for the first wicket to give the boys from Birkenhead hope of stealing a draw.

However, Todd Wannan proved to be the hero Waitakere were looking for, coming into the attack and ripping apart Birkenhead’s top order to put his side on course for an outright.

Birkenhead had no answers for Wannan, eventually bowled out for 115, Wannan finishing with excellent figures of 6-46.

A dominant innings victory for Waitakere continuing their brilliant form to start the season and in the process collecting every available competition point on offer.

Waitakere 330 all out (S Mirza 120, R Kumar 39, J Challis 35, N Fletcher 32, T Ngatai 36; M Patel 3-39, U Ghani 3-36) won outright against Birkenhead 135 all out (R Evans- Moore 6-58) and 115 all out (D Steyn 45; T Wannan 6-46)