Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 27 October
Jeff Crowe Cup – Round 2
Takapuna vs Auckland University
The first innings looked to be going all Takapuna’s way, as Max O’Dowd seemed to be picking up from where he left off last week. The pirates were humming along until the fourteenth over when Guy Harley was dismissed for 34, LBW by Jeet Patel. From there the steady loss of wickets, including O’Dowd for 60, put a bit of a dent in the Pirates run-rate. Jemmi Mauricette ripped through the middle order, and University was able to restrict Takapuna to what looked to be a gettable 236.
After the early dismissal of Ben Becroft, Beau Dench and Vijay Anand initially dominated the bowling. Nine overs in and University were 82/1 and looked to be cruising. The Takapuna fast bowler Niko Weerakoon dismissed both set batsmen in his second over, and University began to falter. When Weerakoon picked up his third at 105/5, the faltering became a collapse. University lost their last six wickets for just 27 runs, and Takapuna claimed a comprehensive 104-run victory.
Takapuna 236/9 (M O’Dowd 60, B Douglas 36; J Mauricette 4-52, J Patel 2-46) defeated Auckland University (V Anand 41, B Dench 33; N Weerakoon 3-29, R ter Braak 3-32).
Ellerslie vs Grafton
Wickets at crucial times for Grafton gave them the upper hand against Ellerslie. Although the Ellerslie batsmen put on a couple of decent partnerships at the top of the order, regularly losing wickets meant they couldn’t build any momentum. The scoring rate was always a concern, and although they made it to the 47th over, a total of 174 didn’t look likely to be enough.
With the weather closing in, Grafton wasn’t going to take any chances with getting a DLS victory. Alex Edwards fell early, but was replaced by RJ van Rensburg who proceeded to go at a run-a-ball for his 41. Jack Parsons then came in to finish off the innings. He followed up an excellent bowling performance by hitting 52 off 37 as Grafton reached victory in just the 28th over.
Ellerslie 174 (J Allan 39, M Wall 33; J Parsons 3-31) lost to Grafton 178/2 (M Ruffell 62*, J Parsons 52*) by 8 wickets.
North Shore v Howick Pakuranga
This match brought up the 100th Premier game for North Shore wicketkeeper Ben Wall. An impressive milestone, which was unfortunately not given the game it deserved. North Shore were 1/1 in the second over, and wickets fell steadily through the first half of their innings. A number of the batsmen got starts, with four players dismissed in the 20s and 30s, but with no-one to produce a big score to anchor the innings, North Shore were bowled out for 157 in the 45th over.
With rain in the air, Howick Pakuranga sensed the need to get the runs quickly in order to beat the weather. Brian Barnard knocked out 82 off 84 balls, putting on a 50-run partnership with captain Bill Walsh (23) for the second wicket. Joined by Donavan Grobbelaar in the closing stretch, the innings helped Howick Pakuranga to 164/4 inside 34 overs to get a result before the rain came.
North Shore 157 (R Hira 37, C Brungar 31*; A Jones 3-23, D Grobbelaar 2-31) lost to Howick Pakuranga 152/4 (B Barnard 82, D Grobbelaar 35*; A Nicholl 1-19) by 6 wickets.
Parnell v Cornwall
Parnell played host to Cornwall at Shore Road. The Peaches chose to bat first andBen Rae and Ben Rainger scored 139 for the first wicket, before Rainger was bowled for 62. Through the middle overs Cornwall managed to claw back some momentum Andy Lane came out and hit 20 from 16 balls to reignite the innings.
Rae continued in the manner he had been playing all innings. As the over rate slowed he showed impressive composure to bring up his century. After 50 overs, Parnell ended up with 268/6
Cornwall’s innings was shaped by the fact that the rain was coming. After a stuttering start that left them on 37 for 3, Fanie de Villiers came in and unleashed as it began to spit. De Villiers slammed four sixes in his 33-ball 60, determined to get Cornwall over the DLS par score. Unfortunately, he went for one too many big shots, and was bowled by Ganesh Ratnasabapathy. While the rain came down more heavily, both teams eventually gave up with Cornwall at 134/5, and Parnell were able to claim victory under the DLS method.
Parnell 268/6 (B Rae 105, B Rainger 62; L Rodrigues 3-47) defeated Cornwall 134/5 (24.3 overs) (F de Villiers 60; G Ratnasabapathy 2-24) by 23 runs – DLS Method
Birkenhead v East Coast Bays
Both teams can feel pretty aggrieved by the arrival of the rain to spoil what would have been a great finish to an impressively high-scoring match.
Arjuna Jayasinghe lead the Birkenhead batting effort with 127 off 150 balls, combining with captain Laurie Agnew (23) and Akash Christian (41) to guide Birkenhead to 287/9 off their 50. Ryan Harrison was the pick of the East Coast Bays bowlers, picking up four wickets, including that of Jayasinghe.
East Coast Bays then had an awkward calculation ahead of them. They needed to get ahead of the run-rate, not lose too many wickets, and get through enough overs that a result was possible. Their efforts didn’t start well, as within the first five overs they were down two wickets. Tristan van Ingen-Kal went out swinging, taking 22 off 10 balls before being dismissed. Connor Ridge, in at three, took the opposite approach, eking out 8 from 32.
Captain Sebastian Langridge stepped in to salvage the innings. Scoring six 4s and three 6s in his innings of 71 off 61 balls, he was supported by Michael Ross to take the game past the crucial 20 over mark, and with the skies opening and his team at 132/3 East Coast Bays was able to claim victory.
Birkenhead 278/9 (A Jayasinghe 127, A Christian 41; R Harrison 4-66) lost to East Coast Bays 132/3 (23.2 overs) (S Langridge 71*; R Meadows 2-25) – DLS Method
Waitakere v Papatoetoe
Sent in to bat, Waitakere would have been keen not to repeat their showing from the previous week. A relief then, when both openers survived the first ten overs. The situation didn’t look all that rosy for Waitakere when Jared Challis and Travis Ngatai came to the crease at 81/4. Together they put on 50 runs, each with a strike rate of over 90. Challis fell from the bowling of Harshal Vyas for 55, and Ngatai stepped up to counteract the collapse. Waitakere were again dismissed before the 50 overs, but for a respectable 216.
Like other teams playing to beat the rain, Papatoetoe almost got the speed wobbles trying to up their run-rate. Josh Plummer came out and slashed 51 off 31 balls – including nine 4s and two 6s – before getting out in the tenth over. Cooler heads prevailed, in the form of Vyas and Stephen Money, getting through 29.4 overs before rain stopped play, on 143/3.
Waitakere 216 (T Ngatai 72*, J Challis 55; D Bhatti 4-24) were defeated by Papatoetoe 143/3 (29.4 overs) (J Plummer 51, S Money 34*; T Wannan 2-27) – DLS Method
Eden Roskill v Suburbs New Lynn
It was a close call as to whether there would be a result at Keith Hay Park. Eden Roskill won the toss and elected to bat, an option that proved fruitful when Swayam Desai and Vamshi Puppala put on 82 runs for the second wicket. Most batsmen contributed to the total, and only Mitchell Murray managed to make a serious dent for Suburbs with the ball.
But this took a long time.
Suburbs didn’t make the flashing start with the bat that other chasing teams tried to do. At 37/3 there wasn’t a lot of point to going out there and flogging it to get ahead of the DLS score. Suburbs would have been the only team hoping for the rain to hurry up, but it didn’t come quite fast enough, Eden Roskill bowling 21.1 overs before they went off with Suburbs at 100/4 to gain victory.
Eden Roskill 247/7 (S Desai 54, V Puppala, 52; M Murray, 3-35) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 100/4 (21.1 overs) (Raj Majithia 31*) by 15 runs – DLS Method