Jeff Crowe Cup | Round 9
North Shore 299/7 (Am. Dhadwal 129, S Hinds 32) defeated Eden Roskill 212 (O Chakraborty 45, H Johal 44, M Abbas 39, T Chitongo 3-22, M Harris 3-62) by 87 runs.
With the highest score of the day, North Shore returned to winning ways, against Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park.
The knock of note came from Amit Dhadwal, who hit his second century of the summer. The opener made 129 off 114 balls to anchor the Shore innings. Contributions came throughout to lift the visitors to 299/7 from their 45 overs.
In reply, Eden Roskill raced out of the blocks. At 93/1, after 14 overs, the hosts were up with the rate. A Tendai Chitongo (3-22) double-strike then turned the match on its head. The loss of Muhammad Abbas (39) and Oyishik Chakraborty (45) saw Roskill’s chase wobble. With the required run-rate all but out of reach, Harjot Johal hit 44 before Manaia Harris returned to finish with three wickets.
Cornwall 179/8 (M van den Berg 39*, C de Beer 33) lost to Takapuna 180/3 (B Beecroft 72*, C Neal 68*) by seven wickets.
Takapuna made it three wins on the bounce, taking care of business against Cornwall at Cornwall Park.
Batting first, Cornwall couldn’t get anything going at the top of the order. With only 32 overs to bat, it fell to Michael van den Berg (39*) and Carl de Beer (33) to post a competitive total; the pair added 70 for the 7th wicket, while Jordan Sussex and Dan James picked up two wickets apiece.
Chasing 180, the game was in the balance when Cornwall reduced Takapuna to 61/3. Ben Beecroft and Cameron Neal (68*) then powered the Pirates to victory. Neal hit 3 fours and 5 sixes as he played the aggressive knock, while Beecroft’s unbeaten 72 came from 74 balls. Win No. 6 came with three overs to spare as the Takapuna sit comfortably in second place.
Howick Pakuranga 140 (A Morrison 38, D Young 34, K Mackenzie 3-27, E Falanitule 3-31) lost to Auckland University 141/3 (G Beghin 48, J Stephan 47*) by seven wickets.
At Colin Maiden Park, Auckland University consolidated their place in the top four with a win over Howick Pakuranga.
Howick Pakuranga were in good shape at 60/1, only for the University attack to hit back. Andrew Morrison (38) and Daniel Young (34) top-scored for the visitors, but there wasn’t much else as Kieren Mackenzie and Elias Falanitule both claimed three wickets.
Having done the hard work with the ball, it was a routine chase for the hosts. No. 4 Graeme Beghin gave the chase impetus, hitting 48 off 38, while in-form opener Joshua Stephan (47*) was there with Vamshi Puppala (27*) when victory came in the 24th over.
Parnell 128 (J Plummer 39, L Delport 5-9, C Groenink 4-19) lost to East Coast Bays 133/4 (C Briggs 61) by six wickets.
East Coast Bays did their playoff hopes no harm, coming away with a commanding win over Parnell at Windsor Park.
A dominant performance with the ball was led by Chris Groenink and Louis Delport. The pair combined for nine wickets as Parnell were bowled out for 128. Josh Plummer top-scored with 39 off 31 balls to kick the Peaches into gear, only for Groenink (4-19) and Delport to run riot. Delport finished with extraordinary figures of 5-9 from his seven overs.
Though Parnell kept themselves in the contest, the knock of Cole Briggs proved the difference. Briggs run-a-ball 61 included 3 fours and 3 sixes, guiding the Bays chase the majority of the way.
Richard Jones Cup | Round 9
Hibiscus Coast vs. Suburbs New Lynn – no play.
Waitakere 228 (A Kaundal 68, J Henderson 33, S Zada 3-59) lost to Kumeu 230/2 (A Christian 101*, K Shingala 94*) by eight wickets.
Kumeu put in an outstanding team performance to overcome neighbours Waitakere at Huapai Domain.
Despite none of Waitakere’s top five going past 15, the visitors were able to post a competitive total of 228, thanks largely to middle-order dup Aman Kaundal (68) and Jack Henderson (33). For Kumeu, seven different bowlers claimed a wicket, with Soliman Zada (3-59) doing the damage at the top.
Waitakere hit Kumeu hard with the new ball and were on top with the hosts 35/2 in the 12th over. Akash Christian then joined Kabir Shingala and the pair took the game away. There wouldn’t be enough runs for both batters to score hundreds; Christian would go on to hit 101 not out off 90 balls, while Shingala finished unbeaten on 94 when victory came in the 42nd over.
Grafton 214/5 (D Sharples 84, B Chamberlain 58, R Sandhu 39, D Bhatti 4-19) defeated Papatoetoe 117 (J Dymond 4-27) by 97 runs.
Grafton now sit atop the Richard Jones Cup table after a sound victory over Papatoetoe at Victoria Park.
Batting first, the Lions found themselves in some early trouble as Daman Bhatti (4-19) ripped through the hosts’ top order. 33/3 became 166/4 as Daniel Sharples (84) and Ben Chamberlain (58) again combined nicely. The fourth-wicket stand went a long way to seeing Grafton post 214/5 from their 33 overs.
Despite starts at the top, Papatoetoe never looked likely. Jack Dymond starred with the ball for Grafton, picking up 4-27 from his seven overs, while Alex Ridley, Nikheil Bhana and Sharples all chimed in with two wickets apiece. The win takes Grafton to a 7-2 record.
Ellerslie 231/8 (D Kharel 102, A Alam 35, P Lawande 30, A Frew 3-37) defeated Birkenhead 203 (A Jayampathi 77, P Nuwan 36, J O’Brien 36, J Wilkinson 4-41) by 28 runs.
Ellerslie were made to work for their victory over Birkenhead at Birkenhead War Memorial.
Dinesh Kharel (102) continues his impressive run, scoring his second hundred in the last three weeks, along with 95 last week, to help his side to a winning total. Kharel’s hundred was the standout score as no other batter in the top five made double-figures. The cameos came from the middle order duo of Abrar Alam (35) and Pratik Lawande (30) who helped lift Ellerslie to 213/8.
Chasing 232 from 47 overs, Birkenhead stumbled early, sitting at 33/3 after the first ten overs. Anuradha Jayampathi combined with both James O’Brien (36) and Pubudu Nuwan (36) to give the hosts a chance. It wasn’t to be, however, despite Jayampathi top-scoring with 77. Joseph Wilkinson (4-41) played a major role picking up wickets at the top to set Ellerslie on their way.
Barfoot and Thompson Royal Oak Premier Women
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Rounds 9 and 10
Parnell 59/4 lost to Auckland University 61/1 by nine wickets.
Auckland University were clinical in a shortened affair with Parnell.
University’s Prue Catton picked up 2-5 from her three overs, applying the pressure on the Parnell order. Chasing 60 from 13 overs, Katie Gurrey and Sam Petherick raced out to 49 before University lost their first wicket. Victory quickly came at the end of the eighth over.
Papatoetoe 70/5 defeated Cornwall 56/5 by 14 runs.
Papatoetoe picked up their second win with a 14-run win over Cornwall. Batting first, Papatoetoe fought through to 70/5. Regina Lilii top-scored with 23 off 20 balls, before the Papatoetoe’s Jamie Veale squeezed Cornwall. Veale finished with figures of 2-4 from her three overs as Cornwall fell 14 runs short of the target.
Takapuna 57/7 (G Harris 3-7) lost to Howick Pakuranga 41/3 by seven wickets (DLS method).
Howick Pakuranga picked up an important victory over Takapuna to all but book their place on finals day. Georgina Harris (3-7) ensured Takapuna couldn’t get anything going with the bat. The Ponies scraped together 57/7 before rain intervened at 12.3 over mark. The Llamas would go on to chase a reduced total, with Kate Anderson (27*) there when the winning runs came in 7th over.
Howick Pakuranga 152/5 (K Anderson 98*) defeated Auckland University 123/6 (K Gurrey 46, N Patel 41*) by 29 runs.
Howick Pakuranga hit the highest total of the day, taking the win against Auckland University in the process. It was the Kate Anderson show with the opener hitting an unbeaten 98 off 72 balls as the Llamas posted 152/5. University had the firepower, but could only manage 123/6 with Katie Gurrey (46) and Nensi Patel (41*) the shining lights for University. For Howick Pakuranga, Amberly Parr picked up 2-17 from her four overs.
Cornwall 94/5 (A Ewart 48*) defeated Takapuna 85 (L Battin 3-8) by nine runs.
Cornwall left it late, but they picked up their first T20 win of the campaign against defending champions Takapuna. While Annie Ewart’s unbeaten 48 off 53 gave the Cornwall inning stability, the impetus never came. Cornwall’s 94/5 proved enough, however, as the bowlers stuck to their tasks. Lydia Battin led the attack with 3-8 from her 3.3 overs as Cornwall won by 9 runs.
Papatoetoe vs. Parnell – awaiting scorecard.
Pearl Dawson Finals Day | 27 Feb
GRAND FINAL | Auckland University vs. winner of Elimination Final
ELIMINATION FINAL | Howick Pakuranga vs. Takapuna