Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report- 3 February

Hedley Howarth

Parnell v Auckland University

Rain spoiled the day at Shore Road meaning Parnell and Uni shared the points with the highlight a Conor Ansell century.

On day one, 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 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) drew with Parnell 6/0


Cornwall v Takapuna

At Cornwall Park the players got on in the afternoon for a short time with Will O’Donnell (29*) and Dan ter Braak (37*) digging in for Takapuna.

They finished the day 90/3 in reply to Cornwall’s 363 meaning both sides shared the points.

On day one, 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 before the rain unfortunately spoiled the chance of a day two result.

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) drew with Takapuna 90/3 (DB Ter Braak 37*)


Howick Pakuranga v Papatoetoe

At Lloyd Elsmore Papatoetoe and Howick Pakuranga were denied the chance to play out an enticing day two by the persistent Auckland rain.

On day one, 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 but that’s where the game ended with the teams forced to share the points on day two.

Howick Pakuranga 363/7 dec (D Young 125, B Walsh 37, A Morrison 69, A Jones 53: B Singh 5-94) drew with Papatoetoe 32/1


Grafton v East Coast Bays

East Coast Bays will count themselves unlucky, having dominated day one against Grafton they were left with 14 runs for first innings points, however the rain meant the points were shared at Victoria Park.

On day one, 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.

Grafton 190 (A Burton 52; L Delport 7-89) drew with East Coast Bays 177/4 (K Seedall 32, V Raj 49, TN Cullen 58*)


Tom Hellaby

North Shore v Suburbs New Lynn

The rain was the winner over on the Shore with North Shore and Suburbs New Lynn having to settle for a draw.

It was an absolute wicket fest at Devonport Domain on day one with 16 wickets falling leaving the game in the balance.

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.

North Shore 132 (M Olsen 47, G McKenzie 30: JM Presland 3-13, A Patel 4-39) drew with Suburbs New Lynn 91/6 (C Brungar 3-25)


Birkenhead v Eden Roskill

Eden Roskill claimed the only result of the round with a first innings win over Birkenhead thanks to their huge effort with bat and ball on day one.

The teams did get on the pitch on day two however Birkenhead only made it to 66/2 in their second innings before rain lead to the match being called off.

On day one, 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.

Birkenhead 92 (J Houghton 35: R Sandhu 5-24, H Johal 3-15) and 66/2 (D Steyn 39*) lost first innings to Eden Roskill 313/9 (S Desai 130, BM Rowland 71: Q Taljaard 3-67)


Ellerslie v Waitakere

The teams also made it on at Michaels Ave as Waitakere searched for four wickets to claim first innings points.

Ellerslie’s Joshua Allan (27*) dug in well batting with the tail to keep Waitakere’s bowlers at bay.

Waitakere were unable to find the breakthrough with rain spoiling any chance of a result.

On day one it was the bowlers’ time to shine 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 with the rain aiding them in making it through to the draw.

Waitakere 204 (B Cachopa 87, T Ngatai 61, C Heesch 3-19) drew with Ellerslie 87/6 (R Evans-Moore 3-21)