Auckland Premier Cricket Short Report – 7 October

Jeff Crowe Cup – Round One

Auckland’s Premier club cricket got underway in sensational fashion today, all seven games of the Jeff Crowe Cup completed under overcast skies, throwing up some juicy round one results.

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.

In the day’s other results, Howick Pakuranga bowled Birkenhead out for 93, Matt McEwan taking 3/19, Howick getting the runs for the loss of one wicket.

Grafton equalled their best ever win against last year’s champions Takapuna, bowling them out for 133 before half centuries from Will Martin (50) and Sachin Variath (68) saw Grafton home by eight wickets.

Despite a superb 70 from Ellerslie’s skipper Aditya Edekar, Eden Roskill were too strong claiming an excellent seven wicket win.

Finally, Cornwall were made to work for their three-wicket victory over Waitakere, Cornwall’s Matt Gibson claiming four wickets on debut for the club.


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)

Howick Pakuranga 94/1 (D Young 44*) beat Birkenhead 93 all out (A Christian 34; M McEwan 3/19, R Botadra 3/16)

Takapuna 133 all out (RR O’Donnell 36, A Hassan 3/33) lost to Grafton 136/2 (S Variath 68, W Martin 50)

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*)

Ellerslie 162/9 (A Edekar 70, D Patel 31,) lost to Eden Roskill 167/3 (BM Rowland 63, S Desai 46)

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)

Parnell 300/7 (B Rainger 111, A Lane 46, B Rodden 67*) beat University 245 (V Anand 48, JAMH Silva 52, BJC Beecroft 31; J Fisher 3/39)