Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report- 27 January
Parnell v Auckland University
Over at Shore Road the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, opener Tom Wells (62) setting the tone with a half century at the top.
Number three Conor Ansell (134) continued his good form of late with the blade scoring a massive ton.
Ansell showed maturing well beyond his years at the crease, carving off 13 boundaries and one six in his knock as he played anchor for the Uni boys.
Ansell shared in meaningful partnerships with most of the middle order as the visitors amassed a big first innings total of 352/8.
Parnell Captain Dave Goddard toiled hard with his off-spin taking 4-65, the pick of the home bowlers
After 94 overs, University decided to have a quick crack at their opposition, the Parnell pair of Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (2*) and James Bevin (3*) making it through to stumps with no damage in the wickets column.
Auckland University 352/8 dec (C Ansell 134, T Wells 62: D Goddard 4-65) playing Parnell 6/0
Cornwall v Takapuna
Takapuna’s Ross ter Braak struck with just the second ball of the day to have Cornwall on the ropes early at home.
However, Amit Dhadwal (75) and Brain Barnard (92) put on 128 runs for the third wicket, the pair looking at ease together in the middle.
The partnership was timely for the home side, Dhadwal watchful and rotating the strike while Barnard mixed touch with his usual brutal power falling just eight short of another Premier century.
Both batsmen fell to Takapuna’s Elliott Herd (6-112), the off-spinner continuing his recent hot form.
With Herd holding up an end, the Cornwall lower order rallied with some valuable runs from Teja Nidamanuru (49) and Fannie de Villiers (46) to push their score up past the 300 mark.
Fellow spinner Matt Jones (3-92) picked up a couple of late wickets as the home side were eventually bowled out for 363.
Disaster struck early in Takapuna’s reply with Guy Harley falling on third delivery.
In the eight overs before stumps, de Villiers (2-4) and Matt Gibson (1-14) struck again to have Taka 29/3 at stumps leaving an intriguing day two in store.
Cornwall 363 (AM Dhadwal 75, B Barnard 92, T Nidamanuru 49, F De Villiers 46, L Rodrigues 32: EH Herd 6-112, M R Jones 3-92) playing Takapuna 29/3
Howick Pakuranga v Papatoetoe
Howick Pakuranga played host to Papatoetoe at Lloyd Elsmore Park with the home side piling on the runs batting first.
Daniel Young was the mainstay of the innings scoring a magnificent 125 for his side.
Young showed composure and patience against a strong Papatoetoe bowling lineup for his century.
The old pro Bhupinder Singh (5-94) toiled hard at the bowling crease and was the pick of the visiting bowlers.
Support from Andrew Morrison (69) and Adam Jones (53) ensured Howick made it through to 363/7 declared before inserting the visitors in for a niggly session before the close of play.
Papatoetoe managed to make it through to 32/1 at stumps setting up an exciting day two chase.
Howick Pakuranga 363/7 dec (D Young 125, B Walsh 37, A Morrison 69, A Jones 53: B Singh 5-94) playing Papatoetoe 32/1
Grafton v East Coast Bays
At Victoria Park, Grafton played host to East Coast Bays.
The home side had first crack with the willow, Tyrone Carter (1-27) snared an early pole to get the visitors off to a perfect start.
Louis Delport (7-89) had a field day for ECB ripping through the Grafton middle order to leave them floundering at 121/5.
Alan Burton (52) showed some resistance for Grafton batting with the tail to push his sides total towards the 200 mark.
Delport had bowled unchanged from the north end for the entire innings and soon ran through the tail to cap off an excellent day for the spinner, Grafton collapsing to 190 all out.
Kieran Seedall (32) and Vaidik Raj (49) put on 73 for the opening partnership to continue the momentum for the visitors.
ECB got the wobbles somewhat losing three quick wickets to give Grafton a sniff.
Tom Cullen (58*) steadied the ship, scoring a fluent half-century to help his side finish the day 177/4 leaving them within touching distance of first innings points.
Grafton 190 (A Burton 52; L Delport 7-89) playing East Coast Bays 177/4 (K Seedall 32, V Raj 49, TN Cullen 58*)
North Shore v Suburbs New Lynn
It was an absolute wicket fest at Devonport Domain on Saturday with 16 wickets falling on day one leaving the game on a knife edge heading into day two.
North Shore batted first, Josh Presland (3-13) got Suburbs off to the best possible start picking up a wicket with the first ball of the match.
Anas Patel (4-39) got in on the act for Suburbs, snaring another early wicket leaving Shore in dire straits.
Michael Olsen (47) provided some resistance for Shore holding up an end whilst wickets tumbled at the other.
Shore simply had no answers to the new ball pair of Patel and Presland, eventually collapsing to 132 all out.
It proved to be a bowler’s day, Carl Brungar (3-25) came out and ripped through Suburbs’ batting line up to give Shore hope of defending their modest first innings total.
Tim Duncraft (2-24) kept the pressure on from the other end leaving it up to Suburbs’ lower order to get the job done.
Jonathon Bassett-Graham (29*) is flying the flag for Suburbs, the visitors finishing the first day 91/6 leaving them 43 runs shy of claiming first innings points with Shore requiring just four wickets.
North Shore 132 (M Olsen 47, G McKenzie 30: JM Presland 3-13, A Patel 4-39) playing Suburbs New Lynn 91/6 (C Brungar 3-25)
Birkenhead v Eden Roskill
Eden Roskill put in a dominant performance against Birkenhead on day one at Shepherds Park leaving themselves a chance of securing an outright victory.
Raja Sandhu (5-24) was on song from the start for Eden Roskill dismissing the top order in quick time to leave Birkenhead floundering at 34/3.
Harjot Johal (3-15) continued the onslaught for Roskill running through the middle order, leaving his side in control.
Jeremy Houghton (35) showed fight for Birkenhead, however when Sandhu dismissed him the writing was on the wall.
Sandhu wrapping up his five-wicket haul with Birkenhead being bowled out for just 92.
Barrington Rowland (71) and Swayam Desai (130) combined at the top of the order to take the game further away from Birkenhead putting on 169 for the first wicket.
Desai bringing up his hundred in an excellent knock, which included 14 boundaries and two maximums.
Quinton Taljaard (3-67) was the pick of the bowlers for Birkenhead picking up a few quick wickets to stem the flow of runs.
Eden Roskill finishing the day 313/9, with a huge first innings lead heading into next week.
Waitakere 204 (B Cachopa 87, T Ngatai 61, C Heesch 3-19) playing Ellerslie 87/6 (R Evans-Moore 3-21)
Ellerslie v Waitakere
It was a day for the bowlers at Michaels Ave with sixteen poles falling leaving Waitakere on track to snare first innings points from Ellerslie.
Waitakere had first crack with the bat, Anuradha Jayampathi (2-26) got the home side off to a fast start picking up an early wicket.
Brad Cachopa (87) was in great touch for Waitakere, scoring at a fast rate falling just 13 runs shy of a century.
Chad Heesch (3-19) was the pick of the bowlers for Ellerslie, returning for a second spell and ripping through Waitakere’s middle order to bring his side back into the game.
Travis Ngatai (61) scored a quick-fire half century to boost his side’s total up to 204.
Ngatai (2-18) continued his excellent day at the office, picking up a couple of early wickets to give Waitakere the momentum.
Robert Evans-Moore (3-21) rammed home the advantage for the visitors running through the middle order to leave Ellerslie in deep trouble at 87/6.
Ellerslie finishing the day 117 runs shy of Waitakere’s first innings total leaving the tail with a lot of work to do to avoid losing first innings points.
Birkenhead 92 (J Houghton 35: R Sandhu 5-24, H Johal 3-15) lost first innings to Eden Roskill 313/9 (S Desai 130, BM Rowland 71: Q Taljaard 3-67)