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Club Cricket | 15 Jan

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Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Five

North Shore 336/9 (Am. Dhadwal 123, Ad. Dhadwal 88, N Stobart 4-48) defeated Auckland University 218 (V Puppala 72, K Mackenzie 36, T Chitongo 3-47) by 118 runs.

North Shore became the first side to defeat Auckland University after a mammoth batting effort at Colin Maiden Park.

Batting first, Shore were formidable at the top of the order. Led by the Amit (123) and Adithya Dhadwal (88), North Shore piled on the highest total of the day – 336/9. Opener Sam Hinds also hit 41, before the Dhadwal brothers put on 133 for the second wicket. For University, Nick Stobart picked up four wickets at the death.

In reply, University slid to 79/5 in the 19th over. Though Vamshi Puppala (72) found his groove, the task was too much for the leaders as Tendai Chitongo put another three wickets beside his name. North Shore move to a 3-2 record on the back of the 118-run win.

Cornwall 239 (M Guptill-Bunce 75, A Bagadam 44, C Groenink 3-35) lost to East Coast Bays 245/5 (R Schierhout 110, M Ross 52*, L Watson 33) by five wickets.

On the back of a skipper’s knock, East Coast Bays fought their way to an important win over Cornwall at Cornwall Park. 

Michael Guptill-Bunce was the beacon amongst a series of starts for Cornwall. The hosts’ No. 3 hit 75 off 86 balls, combining with opener Asher Bagadam for 84 for the second wicket. While contributions kept Cornwall moving throughout, Chris Groenink (3-35) made crucial breakthroughs to halt any building momentum.

Chasing 240, Bays’ skipper Ryan Schierhout led the way. Scoring the bulk of the runs through the first three partnerships, Schierhout eventually found support from Luke Watson (33). The skipper would finish on 110 off 97 balls, including 11 fours and 3 sixes, before Michael Ross and Isaac Bird (24*) played finishing roles. Ross played the destructive knock to bring the game home in the 43rd over, hitting an unbeaten 52 off 32 balls.

Parnell 283/8 (A Parikh 75, R Clinton 44, H Miller 38*, F McGregor-Sumpter 34, V Shivakumar 3-31) defeated Eden Roskill 148 (O Chakraborty 55, M Patel 35, D van Deventer 5-17, T Herman 3-31) by 135 runs.

Parnell ensured they finish the week inside the top four after a dominant win over Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park. 

The Parnell top seven all spent at least 28 balls at the crease, building brick-by-brick to post 283/8. Aniket Parikh led the way with 75 off 78 balls, while Ruben Clinton’s 44 off 31 added impetus to the middle of the inning. For Eden Roskill, Vilas Shivakumar delivered a tidy spell, collecting 3-31 from his eight overs.

Eden Roskill’s chase started in the worst possible way, losing both openers without scoring. An Oyishik Chakraborty (55) counterattack gave Roskill stability from one end, only for wickets to continue tumbling from the other. Dean van Deventer was the cornerstone of the Peaches’ attack, picking up 5-17, his second five-wicket haul of this summer’s Jeff Crowe Cup. Tom Herman (3-31) played a fine supporting role, picking up key wickets to keep Parnell on top.

Howick Pakuranga 254/9 (A Morrison 77, D Young 52, D Winn 34, W O’Donnell 3-44) lost to Takapuna 257/5 (C Neal 115*, T van Ingen-Kal 51, M O’Dowd 36, R Botadra 3-35) by five wickets.

Takapuna triumphed over Howick Pakuranga, but it took something special from a former Alpaca to get over the line.

Batting first, the Alpacas built nicely with the top order doing the bulk of the batting. Andrew Morrison (77), Daniel Young (52) and David Winn (34) were the key contributors as the visitors worked their way to a competitive total. Will O’Donnell (3-44) claimed three top-order wickets to cut down promising starts and play a major role in keeping Howick Pakuranga to 254/9.

Rutvik Botadra (3-35) and Howick Pakuranga wicketkeeper Morrison combined to reduce Takapuna to 80/4. With a lot of the Pirates’ power in the pavilion, Howick Pakuranga would have fancied their chances of a second Jeff Crowe Cup win. Former Alpaca Cam Neal and Tristan van Ingen-Kal (51) had other ideas. Neal, coming it at No. 6, hit a whopping 10 sixes, along with 6 fours, finishing unbeaten on 115 off 83 balls when his side took the points in the 44th over.

Richard Jones Cup | Round Five

Waitakere 125 (A Kaundal 30*, P Fernando 4-18) lost to Birkenhead 128/6 (P Patel 67, B Nash 3-24) by four wickets.

Birkenhead made a return to winning ways after dismantling the Waitakere at Birkenhead War Memorial. 

The visitors couldn’t get anything going at the top of the order. The major resistance came from Aman Kaundal (30*), but a total of 125 would not have been what Waitakere would have had in mind after electing to bat first. For the hosts, Pramesh Fernando (4-18) benefitted from the earlier efforts of the Birkenhead attack. 

The Birkenhead chase wasn’t exactly smooth, losing six wickets along the way. While Brad Nash picked up 3-24, the knock by opener Prashanth Patel (67) proved the difference, helping race Birkenhead to victory at the end of the 24th over. 

Grafton 131 (S Gunawardene 32, J Wilkinson 4-45, S Edkins 3-25) defeated Ellerslie 123 (D Kharel 53*) by eight runs. 

There was also an early finish at Victoria Park after a low-scoring thriller between Grafton and Ellerslie.

The rollercoaster battle for Black and Yellow started with Ellerslie’s Joseph Wilkinson and Sam Edkins running through the hosts. Sineth Gunawardene was the only Lion to pass 30 on a day dominated by the ball. In the end, runs added by the lower half of the Grafton order proved the difference.

Chasing 132, Ellerslie found the going equally as tough. Dinesh Kharel (53*) fought a lone hand. The Ellerslie No.4 was eventually left stranded 100 balls deep into his inning. Five out of the six Grafton bowlers bagged two wickets to seal a dramatic eight-run win. 

Papatoetoe 274/9 (B Rowland 118, S Money 44) defeated Hibiscus Coast 225/8 (J Grobler 73, BJ Jacobs 34, T van der westhuizen 32*, H Hendricks 3-39) by 49 runs.

Papatoetoe piled on the runs against Hibiscus Coast and collected their second win to keep in touch with a congested Richard Jones Cup table. 

Barrington Rowland led the way once again for Papatoetoe, hitting his first hundred of the summer. While support from Stephen Money (44) helped build the platform, it was Rowland’s knock that stood out amongst the rest. Hibiscus Coast trio Ramesh Lakmal, Bevon-John Jacobs and Harlin Amaral all picked up two wickets as Papatoetoe fell away in the death overs.

Runs at the top put Hibiscus Coast in a reasonable position at 128/2. While Jason Grobler (73) pushed on, the Coast No. 3 couldn’t find the necessary support to get his side into a winning position. A large reason for Papatoetoe’s strong position was the bowling of Herschele Hendricks (3-39). Late hitting by Tyran van der Westhuizen (32*) reduced the margin of victory as Coast finished 49 runs short of victory. 

Kumeu 240/8 (A Christian 89, J Patel 50) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 232/8 (T Patel 123, L Devereaux 37, R Jenner 3-43, J Patel 3-49) by eight runs.

Kumeu sprung a major upset, surviving a late scare against Suburbs New Lynn at Huapai Domain.

Skipper Akash Christian continued to lead from the front, top-scoring with 89 off 114 balls. Jay Patel’s knock, batting at eight, may have been the most crucial, however, with his 50 lifting Kumeu to 250/8. Suburbs wickets were shared with Lee Clough, Nathan Fletcher and Carl Brungar all picking up two apiece.

A dramatic chase followed. Suburbs found themselves in deep trouble at 58/5 in the 14th over. Seemingly dead and buried, Tejas Patel and Luke Devereaux added 100 for the sixth wicket to drag their side back into the contest. Tejas Patel continued on to 123 off 116 balls, only for Ryan Jenner (3-43) to return to the attack. Jay Patel added 3-49 to his batting efforts and Kumeu would conceding just 12 runs off the last four overs to claim a tense eight-run win.

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Pearl Dawson Trophy | Rounds Three and Four

Takapuna 110/6 defeated Auckland University 62/7 (S Petherick 31, C Mains 4-5) by 48 runs.

Takapuna bounced back from their Round Two defeat, and in doing so, handed Auckland University their first Pearl Dawson defeat of 2021/22.

Batting first, Takapuna put together a collective effort to scrape through a defendable total; Kate Irwin and Sydney Bultitude, the key contributors for the Ponies. 

The Ponies attack then did what they do best, squeezing the University top order. While Samantha Petherick (31) continued her run of form, it was Roz McNeill (4-2-6-2) and Clare Mains (4-1-5-4) who had the biggest say as the Ponies moved to a 2-1 record. 

Papatoetoe 138/4 (R Lilii 60*) lost to Howick Pakuranga 140/4 (A Parr 55*, E Child 31) by six wickets.

Howick Pakuranga overcame a spirited Papatoetoe effort to kick off Day Two with an impressive win.

Batting first, Regina Lilii led Papatoetoe by hitting an unbeaten 60, batting through the 20 overs. Lilli combined in middle-order partnerships with Carol Agafili and Caitlin Hakeagatoa helping push the Papatoetoe total to 138/4.

The biggest setting total of the day wasn’t to be enough, as the Llamas played aggressively to fight their way out of early trouble. Amberly Parr (55) and Emma Child (31) rallied from 51/3 at the end of the tenth over to claim victory at the end of the 19th. 

Parnell 122/4 (M Mason-Jones 35) defeated Cornwall 79/8 by 43 runs.

Parnell made a confident start to the day, defeating Cornwall to go top of the table after the first three rounds. 

It was a back and forth first half of the Plums’ 20 overs. Cornwall picked up four wickets by the 12th over, only for Makaylah Mason-Jones (35*) and Ella Drumm (26*) to form a fifth-wicket stand of 65 to lift their side to 122/4.

Cornwall’s chase never got off the ground. The Parnell seam attack not only struck throughout but also squeezed the Cornwall side, who only managed 79/8 from their 20 overs.

Parnell 68 (R Ellison 3-14) lost to Auckland University 70/1 (E Handyside 36*) by nine wickets.

Parnell’s T20 streak was abruptly ended by Auckland University, who bounced back from their early defeat.

The Plums couldn’t get going and the University attack had a lot to do with that, with six different bowlers taking at least one wicket. Rebecca Ellison finished the best figures of 3-14 from two overs as Parnell were bowled out for 68 in the 16th over.

With no scoreboard pressure, University took their time. Opener Emily Handyside (36*) remained at the crease when University hit the winning runs at the end of the 12th over.

Cornwall 91/6 lost to Papatoetoe 92/2 (C Agafili 59*) by eight wickets.

Papatoetoe recorded their first win of 2021/22, comprehensively defeating Cornwall by eight wickets. 

Impressive spells from new-ball duo Meddy Hyde and Caitlin Hakeagatoa were back up by the rest of the Papatoetoe attack. A second-wicket stand between Jessica McHargy and Claire Crooks, the highlight for Cornwall, who scraped through to 91/6 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Carol Agafili’s unbeaten half-century breezed her side to victory. Agafili hit 11 fours on her way to 59* off 32 balls as Papatoetoe claimed the points in the 13th over.

Takapuna 124/5 (F Trussler 34) defeated Howick Pakuranga 73 (J Barnett 4-17) by 51 runs.

Takapuna made it two-from-two for the day following their earlier bat first and squeeze blueprint. Finty Trussler continues to contribute to the Ponies, this time top-scoring with 34 off 29 balls.

Chasing Takapuna’s 124/5, Howick Pakuranga weren’t allowed to settle. There were starts at the top, only for Trussler to add a pair of wickets to her batting effort. The chief destroyer, however, was leg-spinner Jane Barnett, who finished with 4-17 from her four overs.