Auckland Premier T20 Competition- Round 3

Auckland Premier T20 Competition- Round 3

It was another summer stunner in Auckland with Premier T20 returning for Round 3.

At Devonport Domain, North Shore played host to nearby Birkenhead in a battle for local bragging rights.

Shore won the toss and elected to bat first, with Captain Graeme Beghin (79) and Ben Wall (42) in excellent touch for Shore carting the ball to all parts of the ground.

Beghin was particularly explosive hitting nine boundaries and four maximums to put his side in a commanding position.

Wall fell in the 9th over to give the boys from Birkenhead an opening.

Gus McKenzie (42) firmly shut the door, scoring at over a run-a-ball to boost Shore up to an imperious 192/2 off their 20 overs.

Matt Strain put an early dent in Birkenhead’s chase picking up a wicket off just his third delivery.

Dylan Steyn (24) was striking the ball cleanly at the other end scoring runs at a fast rate to keep Birkenhead in touch with the run rate.

Ben Wall provided the match-changing moment for his side, running out the set batsmen in Steyn to wrestle back the momentum for Shore.

Wickets continued to tumble for the visitors with Tendai Chitongo bamboozling the batsmen with a masterful display of leg-spin finishing with excellent figures of 3-21.

A late cameo from Jeremy Houghton (32) proving too little too late for Birkenhead with Shore picking up a comfortable 49-run victory.

Elsewhere around the grounds, East Coast Bays picked up a dominant victory over Hibiscus Coast with Seb Langridge scoring a rapid 88*.

At Cornwall Park, the home side squeaked home against Parnell with only three balls to spare in a thrilling contest.

Takapuna defeated Grafton with James Fuller and Ross ter Braak picking up three wickets apiece.

Danru Ferns (4-13) was in the mood for Howick Pakuranga ripping through Papatoetoe to help his side to a six-wicket win.

At Eastdale Reserve, Suburbs picked up a five-wicket victory over Eden Roskill with all players contributing to get the win for the home side.

Auckland University dominated from ball one against Ellerslie with Thomas Wells picking up a hat-trick in a seven-wicket victory.

Kumeu proved too good for Waitakere with Wishwaeh Amaradiwakara taking 4-15 to carry his side to a memorable victory.


Scorecards – T20 Round Three

North Shore vs Birkenhead

East Coast Bays vs Hibiscus Coast

Cornwall vs Parnell

Takapuna vs Grafton

Howick Pakuranga vs Papatoetoe

Auckland University vs Ellerslie

Suburbs New Lynn vs Eden Roskill

Kumeu vs Waitakere