Auckland Premier Cricket Short Report – 5 November
Hedley Howarth/Tom Hellaby
With Saturday virtually a washout, teams came into day two of their Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby fixtures in a scrap for first innings points.
After a slight delay, East Coast Bays continued their innings at Windsor Park against Takapuna and despite a solid effort with the bat from the home side, a blistering Craig Cachopa century ensured the visitors claimed the first innings spoils.
After a cautious start, East Coast Bays were rocked by some great fast bowling from Jordan Sussex, claiming two important early wickets to put the visitors on top.
With the score at 47/2 ECB were in need of a partnership, Sebastian Langridge joined Kieran Seedall at the crease and the pair managed to steady the ship to navigate through to drinks with no further damage.
The pair built slowly and with the help of a few missed chances from Takapuna, both batsmen grew in confidence and started to score runs with more freedom.
With the platform laid, Langridge and Seedall opened up in the last five overs, both players clearing the fence on multiple occasions to finish their 50 overs 204/4.
With plenty of hitting in the sheds, the Takapuna batsmen were watchful early on, both Guy Harley (31) and Dan ter Braak (31) seeing off the new ball to set up the chase.
The stage was set for experienced Craig Cachopa at number four and the little master didn’t disappoint.
He provided the backbone for the Takapuna chase and was simply sublime for his 104* off 73 balls, power hitting coupled with expert gapping and running.
He peeled off seven fours and seven sixes in the knock, striking at a tick over 140.
In the end, it was comfortable for Takapuna claiming first innings points.
The side batting on to see Cachopa to his milestone but also claim an extra batting bonus point which could prove vital at the pointy end of the season.
In the day’s other action, Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (69) and Andy Lane (94*) held the Parnell batting effort together posting 225/5 in 52 overs.
Howick Pakuranga replied with 188/8, Andrew Morrison continuing his hot form with a half century, but it wasn’t enough – the match ending in a draw.
After losing early wickets, Cornwall recovered to post a competitive 214/8, Papatoetoe replying with 182/7 to draw the match. Fannie de Villiers with a strong all-round day scoring 45* and taking 3-30.
It was a drama filled day at Victoria Park with Grafton posting 173/9 thanks largely to runs at the top from Nick Hendrie (73) and a half century from Nick Stobart.
Hendrie was his usual measured self at the top of the order while the youngster Stobart deposited five bombs over the ropes in his innings, including one massive shot into traffic on the flyover.
If Stobart’s hitting wasn’t enough, earlier, the match was delayed at drinks when one of the Vic Park locals decided to lie down on the wicket block and refuse to move – the police having to be called to continue proceedings!
That man Stobart threatened to do it with the ball taking three top order wickets but a fighting middle order partnership from Hareen Silva (69) and Wajihuddin Muhammad (65) got Uni over the line for some valuable first innings points.
Over in the Tom Hellaby minor championship, Victor Davies put on a batting masterclass at Eastdale Reserve scoring 152 off just 129 balls including 17 fours and two sixes.
While the Suburbs bowlers came out the gate with intent and early wickets, the North Shore lower order rallied to ensure the draw at Eastdale.
A strong all-round batting effort from Birkenhead was headlined by Dylan Steyn’s superb century away to Eden Roskill.
Steyn scored 103 as Birkenhead put on 296/7 before bowling Roskill out for 191 to claim first innings points, Manoj Patel with 4-24.
Finally, at Te Atatu Park it was a final over thriller with Ellerslie recovering from some early wickets to post 154 in 49 overs before Waitakere finished up 150/9 from their allotment – a nerve wracking draw.
East Coast Bays 204/4 (K Seedall 81, S Langridge 76) lost first innings to Takapuna 238/4 (G Harley 31, D ter Braak 31, C Cachopa 104*, J Murray 32*)
Parnell 225/5 (F McGregor-Sumpter 69, A Lane 94*) drew with Howick Pakuranga 188/8 (B Walsh 33, A Morrison 50; D van Deventer 3-31, J Fisher 3-45)
Cornwall 214/8 (A Dhadwal 48, T Nidamanuru 51, F de Villiers 45*; B Singh 3-70) drew with Papatoetoe 182/7 (C Brookland 31, J Plummer 60, S Money 39; F de Villiers 3-30)
Grafton 173/9 (N Hendrie 73, N Stobart 54*; B Lewis 3-43) lost first innings to University 182/5 (JAMH Silva 69, W Muhammad 65; N Stobart 3-50)
Suburbs New Lynn 257/7 (V Davies 152, M Murray 42; T Duncraft 4-71, T Chitongo 3-85) drew with North Shore 95/7 (H Vyas 3-18)
Birkenhead 296/7 (D Steyn 103, L Agnew 75, J Curtling 49; H Johal 3-64) won first innings over Eden Roskill 191 (B Rowland 58; M Patel 4-24)
Ellerslie 154 (J Allan 52; B Lister 3-30, J Challis 3-55, J O’Neill 3-22) drew with Waitakere 150/9 (JK Baker 49; J Hayward 4-34)