Hedley Howarth – Top Four
Auckland University vs Howick Pakuranga
It was a wicket fest at Colin Maiden Park on day two between Auckland University and Howick Pakuranga with the boys from Lloyd Elsmore picking up a vital outright win.
Howick Pakuranga started the day 59/3 in reply to University’s first innings total of 188.
Andrew Morrison (65) played a vital hand for the visitors keeping the scoreboard ticking over as wickets fell around him.
Jeet Patel (5-94) put in a great shift for University keeping his side in the hunt for first innings points.
The work of Morrison, who also found support from David Winn (30) and Dale Phillips (20) was enough for Howick Pakuranga, reaching 189/7 and declaring with first innings points secured.
University found themselves in a deep hole early in their second dig courtesy of Donovan Grobbelaar (3-20) who ripped through University’s top order to put Howick Pakuranga on top.
Adam Jones (5-22) really turned the screws running through University’s batsmen in quick fashion.
University simply had no answers slumping to 81 all out, with Jones wrapping up his five-wicket haul, leaving his side 81 runs to chase for victory.
Howick Pakuranga’s chase had an early wobble losing both openers early on to give University a sniff with the total at 16/2.
The nerves continued for the visitors, Thomas Wells (3-33) destroying the middle order to leave the match on a knife’s edge at 54/6.
Cam Neale (35*) was the hero for Howick Pakuranga clearing the fence twice in his quick-fire knock seeing his side home with four wickets to spare and in the process picking up a valuable outright victory for the visitors.
Auckland University 188 (JH Barrett 55, B Dench 46; MM McEwan 3-41, A Jones (4-57) and 81 (D Grobbelaar 3-20, A Jones 5-22) lost outright to Howick Pakuranga 189/7 (D Young 30, A Morrison 65, D Winn 30; J Patel 5-94) and 81/6 (C Neale 35*;T Wells 3-33)
Papatoetoe vs East Coast Bays
Bhupinder Singh was at his bamboozling best in the weekend picking up 7-102 in the fourth innings to secure an outright victory for Papatoetoe.
ECB put on 158/8 declared thanks largely to a half century from Connor Ridge (56*) in the middle order.
The home side then obliged with some quick runs to set ECB 242 for victory in the fourth innings, but that’s when Singh (7-102) took over.
The off-spinner used all his experience bowling with guile and deception to keep the visiting batsmen under wraps.
He made a crucial double strike in the sixth over removing both Seb Langridge and first innings half century maker Ridge to give his side the ascendancy.
ECB’s Michael Ross (92) stood up in the middle order, playing in his usual up-tempo manner to score a delightful 92 off just 70 balls including 13 fours and a six.
While Ross was a constant, Singh continued to take wickets around him, ably assisted by 3-34 from Josh Plummer.
Finally, in the 38th over, Ross’ vigil at the crease came to an end, fittingly falling to Singh for Papatoetoe to claim the outright win and top spot on the points table.
Papatoetoe 346 (S Money 100, O Reynolds Pringle 47, A Sohal 109, A Sayed 31; L Delport 3-123) and 53/7 (L Delport 3-11, R W Schierhout 3-24) Won outright against East Coast Bays 158/8 Dec (C Ridge 56* R W Schierhout 37) and 203 (M Ross 92, L Delport 38; B Singh 7-102)
Hedley Howarth – Bottom Four
Takapuna vs Grafton
It didn’t take long for Takauna to complete a comfortable outright victory over Grafton on day two, the home side only needing to bat once to secure the win.
The spinners were once again to the fore for the home side, Elliott Herd (6-55) and Matt Jones (3-39) the chief destroyers on day two.
Grafton started the day 54/6 needing some lower order fight to make Taka bat again.
There was some hope with Aniket Parikh joining the side for day two however not even the ‘Magic Man’ Parikh could deal with the spin twins Jones and Herd.
Grafton eventually bowled out for 120 in their second dig to lose by an innings while Takapuna now sit top of the Hedley Howarth Bottom Four, 10 points clear of Parnell.
Grafton 105 (J Parsons 54; R ter Braak 3-35, M R Jones 4-9) & 120 (EH Herd 6-55, MR Jones 3-39) lost outright to Takapuna 227 (GH Harley 43, WD O’Donnell 33, R ter Braak 69; K Ruffell 4-45, N Bhana 3-69)
Parnell vs Cornwall
In what was probably the fightback of the weekend, Parnell’s Dean van Deventer and Josh Fisher rallied with the bat to ensure a first innings win for Parnell when defeat looked imminent.
The day started off in decent fashion for the boys from Shore Road, openers Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (33) and Ben Rainger (67) putting on 97 for the first wicket.
The middle order continued the good work with strong contributions throughout, highlighted by a patient 40 from Brad Rodden.
However, needing 322 for victory, Parnell continued to lose wickets, all of Cornwall’s bowlers contributing with the ball.
When Skipper Dave Goddard departed with the score on 221/7, Cornwall would’ve fancied their chances of wrapping up the points, but Fisher (50*) and van Deventer (61*) had other ideas.
The pair put on 95 for the ninth wicket both scoring unbeaten half centuries in the process, Fisher’s coming at just a tick over a run-a-ball.
Both batsmen rotated the strike well but still found time to dispatch the bad ball to the fence.
Their brilliant stand denied Cornwall’s bowlers for 20 overs, secured the first innings spoils for Parnell and kept them in touch with Takapuna at the top of the table.
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) lost first innings to Parnell 336/8 (F McGregor-Sumpter 33, B Rainger 67, B Rodden 40, D van Deventer 61*, J Fisher 50*)
Ellerslie vs Birkenhead
Ellerslie have completed a dominant innings victory against Birkenhead.
Birkenhead resumed 14/0 in reply to Ellerslie’s first innings total of 383.
Rohan Modak (2-20) made some early inroads for Ellerslie to put Birkenhead on the backfoot.
G Blackmore (36) provided some resistance for Birkenhead, scoring his runs in quick time.
Josh Hayward (2-10) and Anubhav Thapa (2-6) ran through the visitor’s lower order, Birkenhead finishing their first dig 113 all out.
Ellerslie enforced the follow on sending the visitors in to bat again facing a deficit of 270 runs.
Chad Heesch (1-9) continued the momentum for Ellerslie picking up an early wicket to keep his side on track.
The carnage continued for Birkenhead, Jeremy Myers (2-11) picking up two quick wickets to leave Birkenhead floundering at 18/4.
Hayward (2-16) and Thapa (2-17) emulated their first innings success picking up two wickets each helping their side bowl out Birkenhead for 73, securing their side a comfortable outright victory.
Ellerslie 383/7 (A Thapa 112, V Khanna 36, J Allan 100, A Edekar 54; J Curtling 4-123) Won outright against Birkenhead 113/8 (G Blackmore 36) and 73/8
Suburbs New Lynn vs Waitakere
Suburbs secured a comfortable outright victory against Waitakere after some brilliant performances with the bat and ball, notably a sensational double ton from James Parslow.
Suburbs resumed the day with first innings points already secured, Parslow (218*) continued his onslaught taking the Waitakere bowlers to the cleaners.
Anas Patel (57*) played an entertaining knock alongside Parslow scoring his runs off just 40 balls to help his side pass the 400 mark.
The star of the show was Parslow, who reached his double ton to the delight of his team mates on the boundary.
His knock was explosive smashing 20 boundaries and 5 maximums finishing a massive 218 not out.
Suburbs declared with a mammoth 456/7 on the board leaving Waitakere 311 runs behind and 2 sessions to survive.
Jared Challis (19) and Travis Ngatai (32) provided some resistance at the top of the order for Waitakere.
Anas Patel (7-26) removed Challis and from there the flood gates opened.
Patel was unstoppable ripping through Waitakere’s batsmen who had no answers to the Suburbs seamer.
Waitakere slumping to 66 all out, Patel finishing with seven wickets in a dominant victory for the home side.
Waitakere 145 (S Mirza 30, J Challis 34; H Vyas 3-21, A Patel 3-27) and 66/8 (T Ngatai 32; A Patel 7-26 lost outright to Suburbs New Lynn 456/7 Dec (S Gunawarde 33, JR Parslow 218*, M Murray 31, A Patel 57*; B Nash 4-121)
Eden Roskill vs North Shore
Eden Roskill picked up an outright victory against North Shore in a seesawing contest at Keith Hay Park.
Eden Roskill resumed 115/2 in reply to North Shore’s first innings 256.
Matt Selby (1-17) got Shore off to a great start dismissing the in-form Swayam Desai (70).
Oiyshik Chakraborty (69) kept Eden Roskill on track keeping the scoreboard ticking over bringing his side closer to first innings points.
Tendai Chitongo (3-81) turned the match on its head picking up three quick wickets to leave the match evenly poised at 187/6.
Bhavik Vora (34*) and Raja Sandhu (25*) played vital hands for Eden Roskill, getting their side to 260/7 and declaring with first innings points secured.
North Shore were aggressive with the bat in the second dig in their attempt to steal an outright win.
Michael Olsen (50) was explosive scoring his runs off 30 balls to get Shore to 152/5 leaving Eden Roskill 148 runs for victory in the last session.
Barrington Rowland (59) played a vital hand for Eden Roskill timing the chase expertly.
Eden Roskill getting home late in the day by five wickets to secure an outright victory.
North Shore 256 (G Beghin 159*; B Vora 4-46) and 152/5 Dec (M Olsen 50, R Thompson 35 lost outright to Eden Roskill 260/7 (S Desai 70, O Chakraborty 69, B Vora 34*; T Chitongo 3-81) and 151/5 (S Desai 31, B Rowland 59)