Suburbs New Lynn hosted Howick Pakuranga in their first match back at Ken Maunder Park in a season. Losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Suburbs lost an early wicket, and a slow outfield meant after the first 10 overs they were 42/1.
Sean Solia and Aces teammate Michael Barry combined to take Suburbs to 112/1, but the loss of both batsmen in four overs – Barry for 47 and Solia for 65 – slowed the runs even as James Parslow made 47. After 50 overs the hosts were 237/9. Donovan Grobbelaar took three wickets for 51.
Grobbelaar then came out to star with the bat for Howick Pakuranga, scoring an unbeaten 85 including a whopping eight 6s at a strike rate of over 100. Together with brother-in-law Dale Phillips, who finished on 61 not out, the pair turned what looked to have been a good score and a tight match into an exhibition. Only two of the Suburbs bowlers – Dane Watson and Eli Meenhorst – finished with economy rates under 5 an over. Howick Pakuranga ended up winning by 7 wickets.
At Victoria Park, Takapuna also put on a show with the bat against Grafton. Netherlands international Max O’Dowd made 122, and teammate Rob Sehmi put on 102, to take the Pirates to the highest score of the round – 298/7.
With no option other than to take the fight to them, Grafton were dismissed for 152, with top scorer James Parsons – who put on 66 – the only Grafton player to make more than 20. Ross ter Braak took 4-19 in eight overs, and O’Dowd took 3-19 in six. Takapuna finished up with a 146-run victory.
Jeff Crowe Cup Round 1 scorecards:
Cornwall vs Waitakere
Cornwall 103/0 (E Jones 50, A Dhadwal 36) defeated Waitakere 100 (B Nash 44; M Gibson 3-9, L Rodrigues 2-9)
Auckland University vs Eden Roskill
Auckland University 178/3 (F Allen 69*, V Anand 47; B Vora 2-30) defeated Eden Roskill 174 (O Chakraborty 50, V Puppalla 33; J Patel 4-27, J Mauricette 3-28)
Ellerslie vs Birkenhead
Ellerslie 247/7 (A Alam 86, A Burton 49; U Ghani 3-60) defeated Birkenhead 178 (S Rajwer 42, C Rajapaksha 33; V Khanna 3-28, D Patel 3-39)
Suburbs New Lynn vs Howick Pakuranga
Suburbs New Lynn 237/9 (S Solia 65, J Parslow 47, M Barry 47; D Grobbelaar 3-51, A Jones 2-39) lost to Howick Pakuranga 238/3 (D Grobbelaar 85*, D Phillips 61*)
Grafton vs Takapuna
Grafton 152 (J Parsons 66; R ter Braak 4-19, M O’Dowd 3-19) lost to Takapuna 298/7 (M O’Dowd 122, R Sehmi 102; A Hassan 3-72)
Parnell vs North Shore
Parnell 101 (B Rainger 24; C Brungar 3-15, T Chitongo 3-20) lost to North Shore 182 (G Beghin 27; J Fisher 3-28, D van Deventer 2-34)
East Coast Bays v Papatoetoe
East Coast Bays 211/7 (T van Ingen-Kal 46, C Martin 40; H Vyas 3-26) defeated Papatoetoe 152 (N Deol 44, J Plummer 29; L Delport 4-20, M Ross 3-33)
Additional reporting by Praneel Hira (https://www.threewicketdrill.com/)