Auckland Premier Cricket Long Report – 7 October
Jeff Crowe Cup – Round One
Cornwall v Waitakere
Cornwall and Waitakere played out a highly entertaining opening round match at Cornwall Park, which ended in nail biting fashion with the home side just sneaking home.
Waitakere batted first and were rocked immediately with a loss of their opening batsmen, Nathan Fletcher, on only the second ball of the season, not an ideal start.
Jared Challis was the lone solider for Waitakere compiling an impressive 74, whilst the Cornwall bowlers caused carnage at the other end particularly Matthew Gibson on debut who took a very impressive 4/42 – one to watch for the season based on this performance.
Challis fell with the total at 154/8, fortunately for Waitakere the tail wagged and they managed 189 before being dismissed leaving Cornwall a tricky chase in gloomy, deteriorating overhead conditions.
Amit Dhadwal anchored Cornwall’s chase with a very impressive 58, while at the other end Ben Lister was causing some havoc taking three wickets, including a double strike in the fourth over of the innings.
When Dhadwal was dismissed with the score at 146/7, Waitakere could sniff a valuable away victory.
Enter the hero of the hour Scott Marra who carried his team over the line with a fantastic knock of 44 off just 30 balls which saw Cornwall home with just 3 wickets to spare.
Waitakere 189 all out (J Challis 74; M Gibson 4/42) lost to Cornwall 192/7 (AM Dhadwal 58, S Marra 44; B Lister 3/44)
Ellerslie v Eden Roskill
Ellerslie opened their season at home to Eden Roskill, a fantastic all-around performance from Eden Roskill secured the opening day win.
Ellerslie batted first losing both openers cheaply, Aditya Edekar played a real captains knock compiling a well-made 70 which held the innings together and gave the middle order a chance to build a competitive total.
Edekar unfortunately could not find a partner in crime as wickets continued to fall at the other end and when he was run out with the score on 128/7, the writing was on the wall.
A late innings cameo of 17 off 10 balls which included two massive sixes from Josh Hayward lifted Ellerslie up to 162/9 from their 50 overs, early wickets were crucial for Ellerslie to have a chance to defend their small total.
Barrington Rowland and S Desai put on a tremendous 98-run opening partnership for Eden Roskill, which put the end result in no doubt.
Desai fell just short of a deserved half century however Rowland went on to make 63, which included six fours and one six a knock which ensured that Ellerslie never had a sniff.
Eden Roskill got the target with 7 wickets to spare capping a dominant opening day performance and will provide a confidence boost heading into the second round of the Jeff Crowe Cup.
Ellerslie 162/9 (A Edekar 70, D Patel 31,) lost to Eden Roskill 167/3 (BM Rowland 63, S Desai 46)
Howick Pakuranga v Birkenhead
The first of two games on Lloyd Elsmore Park saw Howick Pakuranga hosting Birkenhead, the hosts too strong after a dominant display with the ball.
Birkenhead won the toss, electing to bat first and when openers Tony Treadaway and Dylan Steyn got a few away early it seemed a good decision.
However, new ball bowler Danru Ferns accounted for both Treadaway and Steyn bowling with good pace and carry on a hard, testing length.
From there the Birkenhead middle order crumbled somewhat, Akash Christian showing some fight with a dogged 34 off 67 balls.
Rutvik Botadra and Matt McEwan both claimed three wickets a piece as the home side bundled Birkenhead out for 93.
The total was never really going to test the men from out east, Sam Borland and Daniel Young putting on 45 for the first wicket before Boland was bowled for 27.
Dale Phillips (13*) and Young (44*) finished the job for HPCC, a dominant nine-wicket win to start their campaign.
Howick Pakuranga 94/1 (D Young 44*) beat Birkenhead 93 all out (A Christian 34; M McEwan 3/19, R Botadra 3/16)
Parnell v University
Parnell and University shared in a cracking game of cricket; an absolute run fest on Cornwall number two which ended in Parnell getting home by 51 runs.
Ben Rainger started the season with a bang, slapping a fantastic 111 at the top of the order for Parnell.
Rainger was the anchor batting for 46 overs, which gave Parnell the platform to launch and score a large total.
New ‘Peaches’ Brad Rodden and Andy Lane will be happy with their first outings in maroon, both putting runs on the board.
Rodden joined Rainger at the crease in the 41st over and really turned the screws scoring 67 runs off just 32 balls in an explosive knock which included five boundaries and four huge sixes.
While Lane compiled 46 at just under a run-a-ball helping Parnell finish their innings at an impressive 300/7.
University got off to a fast start with their opener Vijay Anand scoring 48 off just 30 balls which put University well ahead of the run-rate.
Josh Fisher proved to be the key man for Parnell taking critical wickets every time University threatened to build a match changing partnership, Fisher finishing with figures of 3/39.
The introduction of spin helped Parnell to contain the men from Colin Maiden despite a fighting knock from captain Hareen Silva (52) at number four.
As the game progressed and with a rising required run-rate, University wickets started to tumble.
When Silva fell with the score at 206/6 and 15 overs remaining the game got away from Uni, falling 52 runs short.
Parnell 300/7 (B Rainger 111, A Lane 46, B Rodden 67) beat University 249 all out (BJC Beecroft 31, V Anand 48, JAMH Silva 52; B Lister 3/39)
Grafton v Takapuna
In the surprise of the round, Grafton claimed their first one-day win in nine years over defending Jeff Crowe Cup champions Takapuna with an eight-wicket victory at Victoria Park.
Grafton chose to bowl first and kept the Takapuna openers in check, Michael Snedden impressing on debut for his new club with 1/22 from seven overs.
In fact, it was a complete performance with the ball from the home side, everyone contributing to contain and ultimately remove a fancied Takapuna middle order.
Ariyan Hassan was the pick of the Grafton bowling, his 3/33 from 10 overs a picture of control and economy.
For Takapuna, it was a case of not being able to build meaningful partnerships, bowled out in the 42nd over for 133 with Robbie O’Donnell the only real score of note with 36.
What could have proven an awkward chase was quite the opposite for Grafton as they cruised to victory.
Openers Will Martin (50) and Sachin Variath (68) batted with patience while disposing of the bad ball when it presented itself.
The pair put on 122 for the first wicket batting for 31 overs before leaving Nick Hendrie and Jack Parsons to complete the job and get Grafton off to a cracking start for 2017/18.
Takapuna 133 all out (RR O’Donnell 36, A Hassan 3/33) lost to Grafton 136/2 (S Variath 68, W Martin 50)
Papatoetoe v East Coast Bays
In arguably the most competitive game of the round Papatoetoe claimed a four-wicket victory over East Coast Bays, both sides impressing with early season batting form.
Papatoetoe won the toss and inserted ECB, Cole Briggs (22) and Tristan Van Ingen-Kal (24) putting on 48 for the first wicket before Briggs was run out in the 13th over.
Connor Ridge (52) then provided the backbone of the innings for Bays, his measured half century at number three allowed the rest of the middle order to play with freedom and all contribute to a strong total.
At the back end, Bays’ innings was given some real impetus from young gun Ryan Schierhout who blasted 56* off just 42 balls including two fours and an impressive four sixes.
Schierhout’s strike rate of 133 ensured Bays posted a competitive 244/7 from their 50 overs.
With runs on the board, the ECB opening bowlers came out firing and had their side in a strong position restricting Papatoetoe to 44/3 in the 10th over.
However, the men from out south rallied in the middle order, first Logan Clark (27) and Ollie Reynolds-Pringle (61) before Arminder Sohal came in and stamped his mark on the game.
Sohal’s 81* including seven fours and a six, was the perfect innings for the situation at hand, starting slowly before accelerating to keep up with the rate.
He along with Stuart and Stephen Money guided Papatoetoe to victory in the 48th over, a well-timed chase and a confidence boosting win.
East Coast Bays 244/7 (R W Schierhout 56*, C Ridge 52, L Delport 30) lost to Papatoetoe 245/6 (O Reynolds-Pringle 61, AS Sohal 81*)
North Shore v Suburbs New Lynn
Over at Vauxhall Road, North Shore hosted Suburbs New Lynn, a huge 152* from Michael Barry headlining a dominant Suburbs win.
The visitors were asked to bat first, Barry along with Jonny Bassett-Graham opened up and the pair wasted little time finding the fence.
Bassett-Graham departed for 28 leaving Barry (152*) and Raj Majithia (62) to plunder the home attack to all parts of Vauxhall Road.
The pair shared in a 138-run partnership for the second wicket, Barry’s century including 11 fours and six sixes, one bomb picking up a few air miles as it sailed over the pavilion roof with ease.
Mitchell Murray joined Barry at the tail end of the innings to add some valuable late runs and ensure the total edged past 300, Barry carrying his bat as the visitors posted 308/5.
If the batting was impressive, Suburb’s bowling was equally on point, Eli Meenhorst claiming 5/26 including the prized wicket of Graeme Beghin at the top of the order.
Ronnie Hira (34) showed some resistance with the blade for the home side, his cameo including five boundaries and a six before that man Barry accounted for his wicket.
With North Shore teetering at 74/7 Meenhorst returned to mop up the tail; 5/26 a superb haul on debut for the young quick.
A complete performance from Suburbs New Lynn sending a message to the rest in the opening round of the Jeff Crowe Cup.
Suburbs 308/5 (MJ Barry 152*, R Majithia 62, M Murray 34) beat North Shore 98 all out (R Hira 34, E Meenhorst 5/26)