26 Jun, Sunday

Bays add two day title to trophy cabinet

Club Cricket

Bays add two day title to trophy cabinet

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In their 50th Jubilee season ILG East Coast Bays completed a double of titles when they secured the Hedley Howarth two-day trophy on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign.

Takapuna battled hard to finish in second position but Bays have been the dominant side in Auckland’s Premier competition and only just missed out on a treble in a close run defeat in the Jeff Crowe one-day cup final.

At the other end of the spectrum Cornwall were relegated to the Minor Championship despite a valiant effort in the final throws of the season. They will be replaced by HRV Birkenhead City in the top flight who were runaway winners of the Tom Hellaby Trophy.

Hedley Howarth Trophy – Two-Day Major Championship

Round Ten – Day Two

Top Four

ILG East Coast Bays v The Fox Suburbs New Lynn – Windsor Park

ILG East Coast Bays were crowned Hedley Howarth Trophy winners for the 2012/13 season when they defeated 2011/12 champions the Fox Suburbs New Lynn on first innings at Windsor Park.

After dismissing the visitors for 159 on day one Bays inched their way towards the first innings target on the second morning. Nick White (25), Matt Mimmack (24) and Brad Schmulian (20) all made solid contributions before Graeme Read (30) and Donovan Deeble (32no) guided them home.

At this point the title was still to be confirmed, but once word of Takapuna`s defeat at the hands of Parnell reached Windsor Park the Bays celebrations began as they secured their second trophy in their jubilee season.

Bays won seven of their ten two-day matches on first innings, and had it not been for a close defeat at the hands of Parnell in the one-day final Brad Schmulian`s side would now have been celebrating an historic treble.

Schmulian and Darren Dempsey each scored more than 600 runs over the course of the year, while four Bays bowlers all claimed more than 40 wickets showing that it was indeed a team effort from the Windsor Park side. No doubt the celebrations lasted long into the early hours of Sunday morning although Schmulian and his teammates will have plenty of time to recover before they collect their various pieces of silverware at the ACA prizegiving on the 11th April.

The Fox Suburbs New Lynn 159 (C Martin 4/41) lost to ILG East Coast Bays 164/7 dec (D Deeble 32no, G Read 30) on first innings.

Takapuna v Parnell – Onewa Domain

Takapuna fell short in their quest for a third Hedley Howarth Trophy in four seasons when they lost to Parnell on first innings at Onewa Domain.

Taka began the day just 3.63 points behind leaders ILG East Coast Bays but faced the tough ask of chasing down the visitors day one total of 264/7. Daniel Ter Braak (41) and Greg Johnson (33) tried their best, but the Premier grade’s most prolific bowler was at it again taking six wickets to ensure Takapuna fell 97 runs short before they pulled the pin on their innings.

Michael Ravlic took his seasonal haul to a staggering 73 wickets, yet despite this his 6/76 was only his third five wicket bag of the campaign, something that highlighted his incredible consistency. Indeed, in 23 matches this season Ravlic only failed to claim a wicket on one occasion.

At this stage Taka still had some hope in the title race knowing if they could force a reverse outright and Bays slipped up against Suburbs New Lynn the crown could still be theirs. But with Parnell easing to 224/9 in their second dig word filtered through to Onewa Domain that Bays had secured the first innings points and were crowned champions.

Taka did reach 63/3 in their second innings before stumps were drawn on the season, and ended the campaign in the runners-up spot with a three-point cushion over Parnell in third.

The team from Shore Road can reflect on a successful year after winning the Jeff Crowe Cup and reaching the T20 finals, whilst Ravlic ended the campaign with nine more wickets than any other bowler in the Premier grade.

Parnell 264/7 dec (L Ferguson 70no) & 224/9 dec (K Bunting 76, W Brittain 63, B Rae 32, E Herd 6/47) defeated Takapuna 167/9 dec (D Ter Braak 41, G Johnson 33, M Ravlic 6/76) & 63/3 (E Herd 31) on first innings.

Bottom Four

New World Victoria Park Grafton United v Howick Pakuranga – Victoria Park

New World Victoria Park Grafton United ended their first Major Championship campaign in a respectable sixth position after a first innings victory over fifth placed Howick Pakuranga at Victoria Park.

This match was in the balance going into day two with Grafton sitting on 114/5 in pursuit of Howick’s 155. The visiting bowlers continued to chip away on the second morning with no Grafton batsman able to reach 20, but despite four wickets apiece for Andrew de Boorder and PJ Cairns the home side were able to get themselves over the line with three wickets to spare before eventually declaring on 162/9.

In Howick’s second dig much of the focus was on de Boorder and his final innings of the year. The skipper began the day with 1170 runs to his name and he was able to take that figure to exactly 1200 before he was dismissed. De Boorder therefore finished the season second on the Premier grade’s run scoring charts behind Waitakere City’s Aaron Jeavons.

De Boorder’s side reached 188 before they were dismissed for the second time with Jono Roberts picking up a further four scalps to finish his campaign with an incredible 64 wickets to his name.

With 22 overs remaining Grafton gave it their all in pursuit of an outright, but despite an unbeaten 65 from Michael Bing the season ended with the hosts on 127/6, still some 55 runs short.

Howick Pakuranga 155 & 188 (S Boland 76no, A Morrison 38, A de Boorder 30, J Roberts 4/32) lost to New World Victoria Park Grafton United 162/9 dec (A Lane 71, A de Boorder 4/29, P Cairns 4/35) & 127/6 (M Bing 65no) on first innings.

Papatoetoe v Cornwall – Papatoetoe Recreation Ground

A valiant effort on the final day from Cornwall secured a first innings victory over Papatoetoe at the Recreation Ground, but despite the battling display they will be playing their cricket in the Minor Championship next season.

Aces batsman Michael Guptill-Bunce (90) led the way for Cornwall as they chased down Papatoetoe`s first innings total of 192 with three wickets to spare. The visitors then needed to push for an outright victory in order to retain their place in Premier cricket’s top tier, however they were unable to dismiss the home side for a second time as Papatoetoe batted out the day reaching 131/8 by the close and sealing Cornwall’s fate.

It is not all doom and gloom for the Cornwall Park side. Both Guptill-Bunce and Matt Quinn were selected for, and subsequently spent a considerable amount of time with, the Auckland Aces during the season and the team only just missed out on some silverware when they lost out in the final of the T20 championship to East Coast Bays.

Papatoetoe’s seventh-placed finish can be considered a success for Chris Harris` side. The former Blackcap inherited a team in the throes of rebuilding when he joined the club early in the season, the side having lost three key senior players over the off-season and then star all-rounder Gareth Shaw to injury for a major portion of the campaign itself.

Papatoetoe 192 (S Money 50, M Quinn 5/65) & 131/8 (D Pimm 38, P Thomas 3/24) lost to Cornwall 194/7 dec (M Guptill-Bunce 90, B Chemaly 48) on first innings.

Tom Hellaby Trophy – Two-Day Minor Championship

Round Ten – Day Two

HRV Birkenhead City v Ellerslie – Birkenhead War Memorial

After already celebrating their Tom Hellaby Trophy success and promotion to the Major Championship, HRV Birkenhead City finished their season off in style with an outright victory over Ellerslie on their home turf of the War Memorial Ground.

City had already secured first innings points on day one and they extended their first innings lead to 150 before they were bowled out. Ellerslie made a better fist of their second dig with Sheldon Kearns scoring his first century in Auckland Premier cricket, and Keiran Pearce cracking his fifth half century of the campaign as the visitors reached 253 before they were bowled out.

Despite Ellerslie’s resistance Birkenhead showed why they have stormed to the Minor Championship crown as they raced to their second innings target losing just two wickets in the process, Rob McConnochie leading the triumphant charge with an unbeaten 49.

The outright was City’s fourth from ten matches to go along with five first innings victories. Birkenhead’s bowlers conceded almost 300 runs fewer than any other Minor Championship side over the course of the season with four of their strike force finishing with more than 30 wickets during the campaign.

Ellerslie 141 & 253 (S Kearns 110, K Pearce 57, T Satti 4/69, D Crook 3/88) lost to HRV Birkenhead City 291 (T Satti 80, A Plant 50no, A McCracken 34, M Newman 5/109) & 103/2 (R McConnochie 49no, D Crook 30) outright by eight wickets.

North Shore v Eden Roskill – Devonport Domain

In what must be considered an upset Eden Roskill clawed their way off the bottom of the ladder with a final day victory over runners-up North Shore at Devonport Domain.

Heading into day two Shore knew that their quest to return to the top flight at the first time of asking had fallen short despite four outright victories over the course of the two-day season. Beginning the day on 30/2 in pursuit of Roskill’s total of 257 skipper Josh Tasman-Jones (43) and Blair Parlane (65) looked to have things under control until the mystery spin of Ben Mailata turned the game on its head.

Mailata and Prasant Trevidy each claimed four wickets to back up their skipper Azhar Abbas’ two and Shore slid to 192 all out as Roskill claimed first innings points for only the third time this season.

Roskill reached 123/6 in their second dig before time was called on proceedings, but not before Michael Stevenson claimed another three wickets to cap a phenomenal season in which the Auckland ‘A’ seamer racked up 63 wickets at an average of less than 15. 

Eden Roskill 257/9 dec & 123/6 (V Kamath 34, M Stevenson 3/30) defeated North Shore 192 (B Parlane 65, J Tasman-Jones 43, M Tulloch 34, B Mailata 4/22, P Trevidy 4/29) on first innings.

Auckland University v Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City – Colin Maiden Park

An Aaron Jeavons century ensured that the Englishman ended the season as the leading run scorer in Premier cricket, however it was’t enough for his side as Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City lost out to Auckland University on first innings at Colin Maiden Park.

Jeavons fought a lone hand for his side in pursuit of the hosts’ day one total of 288. The left hander struck 11 boundaries as he brought up his second century of the campaign before going on to become one of only two players to pass the 1200 run barrier for the season.

Jeavons was eventually dismissed for 107 ensuring his tally finished at a mammoth 1204 at an average of almost 55, but it was’t enough on this particular day as Jeavons’ teammates crumbled to 202 all out thanks to another five wicket haul from Vishi Jeet.

Jeet has been a revelation with the ball for Varsity this season. After playing as a seam bowling all-rounder in the Senior B1 grade last season Jeet has now taken 60 wickets with his left arm spin, including 5 five wicket hauls at the top level.

The result ensured Varsity ended in the same third position as last season, while Waitakere finished the campaign as wooden spoonists.

Auckland University 288 & 85/0 (B Rowland 43no, M Ellison 38no) defeated Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City 202 (A Jeavons 107, V Jeet 5/68) on first innings.

Final Standings:

Hedley Howarth Trophy

Top Four

ILG East Coast Bays                                  111.75
Takapuna                                                104.80
Parnell                                                     101.33
The Fox Suburbs New Lynn                       93.70

Bottom Four

Howick Pakuranga                                    96.33
New World Victoria Park Grafton United    93.64
Papatoetoe                                               85.20
Cornwall                                                  81.89

Tom Hellaby Trophy

HRV Birkenhead City                               138.09
North Shore                                            113.40
Auckland University                                102.61
Ellerslie                                                    84.30
Eden Roskill                                             80.31
Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City         76.44