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Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 3 November

Hedley Howarth Championship – Round One, Day One

Suburbs New Lynn v Takapuna

The pirates went to Ken Maunder Park and found the going tougher than their limited overs encounters this season. Shane Setia, batting at number four, held together Takapuna’s innings. He was one of only three players to make more than 10 runs, as Suburbs’ bowlers Josh Presland and Dane Watson picked up three wickets each.

Suburbs then went out and batted carefully, obviously not wishing to fall when they had the upper hand. While the Takapuna bowlers finished the day with impressive economy rates, they didn’t pick up a huge number of wickets. James Parslow will start day two set on 35, and Suburbs will look to accelerate from 27 runs behind the Takapuna total with six wickets in hand.

Takapuna 125 (S Setia 53*, G Harley 24; D Watson 3-27, J Presland 3-43) is playing Suburbs New Lynn 98/4 (J Parslow 35*; M Jones 2-17, R ter Braak 2-19)

East Coast Bays v Howick Pakuranga

East Coast Bays were sent in to bat by the Alpacas, and although they made a decent start to their innings, losing three wickets between 45 and 50 runs put them on the back foot. Michael Ross and ECB wicketkeeper Cole Briggs combined to pull the innings close to respectability, Ross scoring at close to a run a ball.
Once again Donavan Grobbelaar was impressive with the ball, picking up 4-31, including Briggs for 52.

Howick Pakuranga went about their first innings briskly, with an obvious desire to have East Coast batting again before the end of the day. To that end, David Winn found himself one run short of 50 when the innings was declared. Grobbelaar came in at six and hit 29 off 20 balls, Sam Borland hit 14 off ten. Howick Pakuranga then declared 33 runs ahead of East coast Bays with four wickets in hand and five overs to pick up a wicket.

That wasn’t to be, the East Coast Bays openers, negotiating the first overs of their second innings successfully, and going into day two six without loss.

East Coast Bays 164 (C Briggs 52, M Ross 32, T van Ingen-Kal 28; D Grobbelaar 4-31, R Botadra 3-55) and 6/0 lost first innings to Howick Pakuranga 197/6 dec. (D Winn 49*, D Phillips 47, D Grobbelaar 29; L Delport 3-76, B Smith 2-52)

Auckland University v Parnell

Auckland University ended up with their second collapse in two weeks, as Parnell bowler Ollie Pringle cut a swath through their batting order. After being 9/2 in the second over, Charles Lowen (44) and Caleb Jasmat (20 not out) managed to push University over the 100 mark.

Parnell then went in and showed that Pringle’s figures were no mistake. Brad Rodden and Andy Lane both scored 64, and Pringle himself made 49. With an eye to getting wickets in University’s second innings before the end of the day, Parnell declared their innings just short of 250. The bright spot of the day for University belonged to Nick Stobart, who picked up a five-wicket bag.

Pringle finished up a remarkable day’s play by snaring two more wickets. This brought his total to nine in the day. University will resume on 41/3, still more than 90 runs short of making Parnell bat again.

Auckland University 116 (C Lowen 44, CK Jasmat 20*; O Pringle 7-37) and 41/3 (C Lowen 17*; O Pringle 2-19) lost first innings to Parnell 248/7 dec. (A Lane 64, B Rodden 64, O Pringle 49; N Stobart 5-86)

Papatoetoe v Cornwall

At Papatoetoe Rec, Cornwall won the toss and elected to bowl. This was a decision they may have rued early on because Papatoetoe reached 20 overs before losing a wicket. Opening batsman Josh Plummer scored four sixes and five fours to reach 65 off 57 balls, but one too many shots saw him bowled.

From there the run rate slowed, and Cornwall were able to make regular breakthroughs to prevent Papatoetoe from fully capitalising on their strong start. Papatoetoe were dismissed for 201 after being 95 without loss.

Cornwall’s innings got off to a stuttering start, Evan Jones caught behind for four in the first over. Opening partner Amit Dhadwal played extremely conservatively to finish the day on 23 from 103 balls. The match is finely poised going into day two of play next Saturday. Cornwall are currently 90/3 and will be looking for a big partnership – something Papatoetoe will be aiming to prevent with a couple of early wickets.

Papatoetoe 201 (J Plummer 65, L Clark 34, H Vyas 33; F de Villiers 3-51) is playing Cornwall 90/3 (M Guptill-Bunce 28, Amit Dhadwal 23*, Aditya Dhadwal 21*; B Singh 1-5)

Tom Hellaby Championship – Round One, Day One

Grafton v Ellerslie

Grafton welcomed in a new captain and a couple of debutants for their match against Ellerslie at Victoria Park. Both those debutants gave impressive performances – Dexter Marsh took five wickets as Ellerslie were dismissed for 151 in their first innings. Regular wickets fell, stopping Ellerslie from mounting any pressure and forcing Grafton to spend more time in the field – where it was blustery and cold. Dipesh Patel (45) and Jeremy Myers (38) mounted a valiant rear-guard action coming in at eight and nine respectively.

Grafton had 47 overs in the afternoon to bat, and while Ellerslie started well, taking their first wicket in the second over, they couldn’t capitalise. Olly Westbury, fresh off the plane from England, is on 84 not out. Westburry and Dylan Taylor (70) put on a 125-run partnership. Grafton finished day one on 218/4.

Ellerslie 151 (D Patel 45, J Myers 38, A Edekar 33; D Marsh 5-44, J Parsons 2-22) lost first innings to Grafton 218/4 (O Westbury 84*, D Taylor 70, M Ruffell 30; M Wall – 1-3)

Eden Roskill v Waitakere

Waitakere was put in to bat by Eden Roskill, a tactic which quickly paid off as Raja Sandhu picked up two wickets in his second over. Sandhu got his five-for before lunch and was on a hat-trick when he had Travis Ngatai out first ball. After starting the second session on 84/7, Waitakere made something of a comeback to be all out for 146.

When Eden Roskill came out to bat, there was no slow build into a two-day innings. Sanchut Chopra slammed 74 from 39 balls, including 13 fours and one six. Barrington Rowland also made a half-century, and Eden Roskill surpassed Waitakere’s score at only two wickets down.

Waitakere 146 (J Henderson 40*, S Mirza 34; R Sandhu 5-31, B Rowland 2-14) lost first innings to Eden Roskill 204/3 (S Chopra 74, B Rowland 57*, S Desai 42; J Henderson 2-42)

North Shore v Birkenhead

North Shore put aside their limited-over batting woes when they faced Birkenhead at Devonport Domain.
Despite losing opener Stephen Baard in the third over, Ryan Thompson continued on to make 82. In total, three of the North Shore batsmen reached their half century. None of the Birkenhead bowlers could make much headway, as North Shore managed to be in turns both patient and attacking. They declared their first innings on 309/8 to have the chance to bowl at Birkenhead in the evening.

Birkenhead didn’t make the best start to their first innings, losing three batsmen in the 20 overs North Shore bowled. Opener Tony Treadaway managed to see off the North Shore attack, and will go into day two in 15 not out, as Birkenhead reached 45/3.

North Shore 309/8 dec. (R Thomson 82, T Chitongo 66, A Wickramanayake 52, M Olsen 45; T Treadaway 2-48) is playing Birkenhead 45/3 (T Tredaway 15*, R Bommala 15; T Chitongo 1-5)

Additional reporting by Praneel Hira (https://www.threewicketdrill.com/)

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