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Club Cricket | 12 March

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Club Cricket | 12 March

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Jeff Crowe Cup | Round 13

Cornwall 252/9 (A Bagadam 50, D Gallage 46, M Guptill-Bunce 30, C Jasmat 3-26, N Stobart 3-59, A Olliver 3-65) defeated Auckland University 168 (J Stephan 40, K Mackenzie 33, J Hayes 4-31, M van den Berg 3-39) by 84 runs.

Cornwall continue their push for the Final, having made it four wins in a row with victory over Auckland University.

Batting first, Cornwall were made to work for a total. Reduced to 126/5 at the halfway mark, after Dimithri Gallage (46) and Michael Guptill-Bunce (30) had combined for 67 runs for the third wicket, it was Asher Bagadam who pushed Cornwall on to a winning total. The Cornwall No.7 top-scored with 50 off 56 balls, while Nick Stobart, Angus Olliver and Caleb Jasmat claimed three wickets apiece for University.

Chasing 253, University lost a steady stream of wickets. Despite Joshua Stephan hitting a patient 40, Jamie Hayes (4-31) gave Cornwall the initial impetus. Despite quickfire knocks by Kieren Mackenzie and Jonathan Low threatening to get University back into the contest, Cornwall marched on to an 84-run victory, courtesy of an impressive spin quartet, led by Michael van den Berg (3-39). 

Howick Pakuranga 204 (B Walsh 46, M Strain 3-31) lost to North Shore 205/4 (J McKenzie 51*, Am. Dhadwal 41, S Hinds 39*, R Mudford 33, M Olsen 32) by six wickets.

In Devonport, North Shore returned to winning ways after a dominant display against Howick Pakuranga.

Howick Pakuranga had the ideal platform to go on a post a big total after Bill Walsh (46) and Sam Borland raced out past 60 in the tenth over. From there, North Shore made most of the running. The final seven Alpacas’ batters all made double figures, but none more than 19 as the visitors were bowled out for 204. Matt Strain (3-31) impressed, while Tendai Chitongo, Rory Bessell and Jock McKenzie all picked up two wickets.

North Shore’s reply got off to a flier, as openers Amit Dhadwal (41) and Riley Mudford raced through to 60 in quick time. A brief wobble was quickly overcome as Michael Olsen (32), Sam Hinds (39*) and McKenzie (51*) took Shore to victory in the 40th over.  

Takapuna 233 (Q Sunde 103, R Quinn 32, A Parikh 5-38, J Plummer 3-34) tied with Parnell 233 (R Clinton 70, H Young 40, A Parikh 30, D James 3-31, P Ruffell 3-63).

Takapuna and Parnell played out a dramatic tie at Shore Road Reserve. 

Batting first, Takapuna had Quinn Sunde to thank for battling through an otherwise underwhelming effort. The Pirates were in early trouble at 20/2 as Josh Plummer (3-34) claimed the wickets of both openers. Though off-spinner Aniket Parikh (5-38) continued to strike for Parnell, Sunde’s measured knock gave Takapuna 233 to defend. The Pirates’ No.3 finished with 103 off 129 balls, while Ryan Quinn added 32 off 30 balls.

In reply, the hosts were in a commanding position at 151/3 after 30 overs. Then Takapuna hit back, dismissing both Ruben Clinton (70) and Harry Miller. Daniel James had a major say, taking 3-31 from his ten overs before Peter Ruffell made three crucial strikes as the Pirates’ belief grew. With the scores tied, Ryan Quinn picked up the final wicket, leaving both sides competing with Cornwall for a spot in the Final.

Eden Roskill 218 (A Bhardwaj 53, N Patel 50, H Johal 41, M Butler 3-50, B Smith 3-58) lost to East Coast Bays 222/5 (S Langridge 86*, D Winter 35, I Bird 34*) by five wickets.

East Coast Bays picked up their 7th Jeff Crowe Cup win of the summer with a win over Eden Roskill.

Roskill’s Aman Bhardwaj (53) and Neil Patel (50) led the way as the visitors post 218. Harjot Johal also played an important knock, hitting 41 and combining with Patel for 72 for the sixth wicket. For Bays, Max Butler and Blair Smith both picked up three wickets, while skipper Ryan Schierhout conceded just 14 runs from his ten overs. 

Bays were in early trouble at 17/2. Seb Langridge, who had earlier taken four catches, then went on to play the knock of note. The Bays No. 3 lost partners along the way, but found sound support in Daniel Winter (35) and Isaac Bird (34*). Langridge remained unbeaten on 86 off 92 balls, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes, to lead Bays to a five-wicket win with more than ten overs to spare. For Roskill, left-arm spinner Umang Patel took 2-20 from his ten overs.

Richard Jones Cup | Round 13

Papatoetoe 291 (S Setia 98, B Rowland 52, K Minhas 3-45) defeated Waitakere 278/9 (P Whynn 72*, R Kumar 62, J Henderson 34, B Rowland 4-55) by 13 runs.

Papatoetoe put on the highest total of the day to take victory over Waitakere at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground.

Batting first, openers Shane Setia and Barrington Rowland (52) powered the hosts through to 101 before losing their first wicket. From there, Waitakere were able to pick up regular wickets as Setia fell two short of a century. Kavi Minhas was the best of the Waitakere bowlers, picking up 3-45 from a tidy ten overs. Though Waitakere were able to take all ten wickets, Papatoetoe had 291 on the board when they were bowled out in the final over.

Rowland would also have a say with the ball, picking up 4-55. Despite a middle-order collapse Waitakere did, however, threaten to pull off the chase. Rajat Kumar (62) got the visitors moving before No. 9 Paul Whynn (72*) hit his second fifty of the summer. It wasn’t to be enough for Waitakere, who fell 13 runs short in the high-scoring encounter.

Ellerslie 224/7 (J Allan 63, H Drillen 58, A Alam 38*, C Brungar 3-48) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 225/6 (T Payle 95, S Martin 56, T Patel 35) by four wickets.

Suburbs New Lynn booked their spot in the Richard Jones Cup final with a confident win over Ellerslie.

At Michaels Avenue, the hosts batted first and it was again Josh Allan (63) who top-scored. The Ellerslie No. 5 wasn’t alone, finding good support in Henry Drillen (58) and Abrar Alam (38*), who helped push their side on to 224/7. Carl Brungar led the Suburbs’ attack, picking up 3-45 from his ten overs.

In reply, the Suburbs top-order put the game to bed with openers Steve Martin (56) and Tristan Payle (95) combining for an opening stand of 149. Dhruv Dogra and Joseph Wilkinson both picked up two wickets, but the hard work had been done. Suburbs lost six wickets in the end as the reached their target in the 39th over.

Birkenhead 258/7 (C Rajapaksha 66, P Patel 52, J O’Brien 36, L Sandeep 32*) defeated Kumeu 250/8 (E Sayed 92, A Christian 37, R Jenner 36, T Satti 30*) by eight runs – match reduced to 41 overs.

Birkenhead triumphed in a 41-over match with Kumeu. 

Fifties at the top by Chamal Rajapaksha (66) and Prashanth Patel (52) gave Birkenhead a platform for victory. Those who followed, in James O’Brien and Lahiru Sandeep (32*), were allowed to play with freedom and ultimately lift Birkenhead to 258/7. It was a committed effort by Kumeu with the ball with five different bowlers picking up a wicket.

In reply, Kumeu were in the box-seat at 171/2 in the 28th over. Elyaas Sayed continued his good form hitting 92, while Akash Christian and Ryan Jenner scored freely. Birkenhead, however, dragged the hosts back nice; Like Kumeu, five Birkenhead bowlers picked up wickets, in the end sealing an eight-run win. 

Hibiscus Coast 135 (R Lakmal 62, A Ridley 3-17, D Taylor 3-39) lost to Grafton 139/3 (T Bayly 73, A Edwards 54*) by seven wickets.

Grafton booked their place in the Richard Jones Cup final with a comprehensive win over Hibiscus Coast.

Hibiscus Coast couldn’t get anything going at Victoria Park with Ramesh Lakmal (62) one of only two players to reach double-figures. Alex Ridley (3-17) and Dylan Taylor (3-39) starred with the ball for Grafton, while Taine Bayly delivered an impressive ten overs on debut. Coast battled through 47 overs to reach 135. 

Bayly continued a memorable day, hitting a 64-ball 73. The debutant’s knock included 7 fours and 2 sixes, while opener Alex Edward remained unbeaten on 54 off 78 balls when victory came at the end of the 25th over. 

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Prichard Cup | Round 7

Auckland University 185 (J Prasad 45, M Downes 4-31, J Penfold 3-24) defeated Howick Pakuranga 176 (S Shahri 87, S Court 4-42, R Ellison 3-43) by nine runs.

Auckland University survived a tense finish against Howick Pakuranga to book their place in the Prichard Cup final.

Batting first, University fought for a total with five players scoring between 16 and 45. The top score came from No. 4 Jesse Prasad, who hit three boundaries in her 45 off 53 balls. For Howick Pakuranga, Marama Downes (4-31) and Josie Penfold (3-24) ensured University were bowled out for 185 in the 48th over.

Howick Pakuranga’s chase was riddled by regular wickets as Rebecca Ellison (3-43) helped knock off the top. Left-armer Sophie Court then came up trumps picking up 4-42 to inch the hosts closer to victory. Despite the best efforts of Saachi Shahri (87*), who carried her bat through the innings, it wasn’t to be for Howick Pakuranga, falling nine runs short of victory.

Takapuna 147 (F Trussler 50, G Lord 4-7) lost to Parnell 148/5 (C Pederson 56*, S Barriball 50) by five wickets.

Parnell found the winning formula to hand Takapuna their first Prichard Cup loss of the summer.

At Orakei Domain, Takapuna were under pressure throughout, reduced to 54/4 in the 20th over. Finty Trussler led the Ponies’ fightback with 50 off 82 balls and found support in Roz McNeill. The wickets kept coming for the Plums, with Gemma Lord returning magical figures of 4-7 from her five overs.

In reply, fifties to Cate Pederson (56*), her third in as many weeks, and Samantha Barriball (50) set Parnell on their way. Takapuna picked up five wickets along the way but it wouldn’t be enough with Pederson unbeaten when the Plums claimed victory in the 44th over. Takapuna will now prepare for the Prichard Cup final in two weeks time.

Cornwall 301/7 (S Carnachan 78, K Craig 64, K Perkins 43, A Ewart 31, M Hyde 3-52) defeated Papatoetoe 61 (A Hucker 5-16, L Battin 3-17) by 240 runs.

Cornwall did all that they could against Papatoetoe to squeeze into the Prichard Cup Final, coming away with a 240-run win.

Batting first, Cornwall put up a mammoth score on the back of fifties to Sarah Carnachan (78) and Kate Craig (64), while Katie Perkins (43) and Annie Ewart (31) helped set the foundation. For Papatoetoe, Meddy Hyde picked up 3-52 and Jonika Farnell nabbed herself a couple of wickets as Cornwall finished on 301/7.

With a sizeable total to defend, Amie Hucker and Lydia Battin (3-17) rattled the Papatoetoe top-order to all but extinguish the game. Hucker would finish with 5-16 from her 8.3 overs, including the last three wickets as Cornwall claimed a huge win. Though the hosts secured a significant boost their run rate, it wasn’t enough to put them ahead of University and into the final.