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Club Cricket | 22 Jan

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Club Cricket | 22 Jan

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

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Jeff Crowe Cup | Round 6

North Shore 255/9 (S Hinds 57, T Chitongo 45, R Hira 39, R Botadra 3-55) defeated Howick Pakuranga 230 (C Thompson 67, D Young 56, H Singh 41) by 25 runs.

North Shore were made to work for their 25-run victory over Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

Batting first, North Shore had several middling partnerships to get the scoreboard moving. Despite Sam Hinds hitting 57 at the top of the order, both sides would have felt on top throughout. At 157/6, Tendai Chitongo (45) and Ronnie Hira (39) combined to ensure the visitors made the most of their 50 overs. Rutvik Botadra was the best of the Howick Pakuranga bowlers, picking up 3-55 from his ten overs. 

Howick Pakuranga made a shaky start to their chase. At 39/3, Zac Watson (2-22) had the Shore on the front foot. The game appeared all but over at 103/6 only for Connah Thompson and Harmeet Singh (41) to take the aggressive approach. Thompson hit 8 fours and 3 sixes on his way to a stunning 67 off 46 balls, but it wouldn’t be enough as the hosts were bowled out for 230 in the 47th over.

Parnell 343/7 (A Parikh 95, J Plummer 68, D van Deventer 58, F McGregor Sumpter 54) defeated Takapuna 126 (B Beecroft 54, D James 31*, N Perera 4-34, H King 4-43) by 217 runs.

A clinical collective effort helped Parnell dismantle Takapuna at Onewa Domain. 

Batting first, fifties to Aniket Parikh, Josh Plumer, Dean van Deventer and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter pushed Parnell to a mammoth total. Plummer and McGregor-Sumpter set the platform before Parikh (95 off 79) and van Deventer (58 off 28) made the hosts pay. van Deventer played a major role in Parnell adding 108 from the final ten overs, hitting 3 fours and 5 sixes.

Chasing 344, Takapuna’s power would need to come to the fore. Though Ben Beecroft (54) and Max O’Dowd threatened with an opening stand of 67 in good time, the scoreboard pressure would remain in Parnell’s favour. Nikith Perera (4-34) picked up the first three wickets in a telling 12th over and there was no way back for the Pirates. Henry King (4-43) then ran through the remainder of the Takapuna order to help his side improve to a 4-2 Jeff Crowe Cup record.

East Coast Bays 322/5 (S Langridge 137*, R Schierhout 74, L Watson 52) defeated Eden Roskill 259 (A Bhardwaj 68, O Chakraborty 61, S Sharma 33, L Delport 3-34, B Smith 3-45) by 63 runs.

There were plenty of runs at Keith Hay Park as East Coast Bays outplayed Eden Roskill. 

Seb Langridge (137*) was the star for East Coast Bays, hitting a fine unbeaten hundred and batting through all but 2.1 overs of the first innings. The wicketkeeper had sound support from skipper Ryan Schierhout (74) and rookie Luke Watson, who hit his first half-century at this level, as Bays piled on 322/5 from their allotted overs. 

In reply, Eden Roskill were in the box seat after in-form duo Aman Bhardwaj and Oyishik Chakraborty hit half-centuries. At 182/2, after 30 overs, Roskill would have been eying off a memorable victory. Louis Delport and Blair Smith then hit back for Bays and the Roskill middle-order couldn’t find the necessary fire to continue the earlier impetus. In the end, Roskill were dismissed for 259, letting slip an opportunity to put themselves in touching distance of the top-four. Bays move to 3-3 in the Jeff Crowe Cup.

Cornwall 259/8 (D Gallage 65, J Cassidy 61, L Dasent 42, M Guptill-Bunce 37, N Stobart 4-63, K Mackenzie 3-49) defeated Auckland University 253/9 (J Stephan 124, G Beghin 44, J Patel 34, C de Beer 3-47) by six runs.

Cornwall picked up a narrow victory over Auckland University at Cornwall Park. 

Cornwall made first use of their home wicket by posting 259/8 from their 50 overs, courtesy of fifties by Dimithri Gallage (65) and Jack Cassidy (61) at the top of the order. The hosts were in a strong position to post a few more with eight overs to go some tidy overs by Nick Stobart (4-63) and Ben Hawkes kept the score in check. Keiren Mackenzie also made crucial strikes throughout to finish with 3-49 from his set of ten overs.

Joshua Stephan provided the outstanding knock of the day, but it wouldn’t be enough for University. Stephan hit a patient 124 off 158 balls to anchor the chase. Outside of 44 by Graeme Beghin and a late cameo by Jeet Patel (34), Stephan lacked the necessary support to get his side over the line. Spinners Carl de Beer, Michael van den Berg and Lucas Dasent had a big part to play in that combining for six wickets between them. With nine runs required off the last over, Dasent delivered spectacularly conceding just two runs to seal a six-run win for his side.

Richard Jones Cup | Round 6

Waitakere 222 (P Whynn 94*, B Nash 56, D Bhatti 3-33) lost to Papatoetoe 224/0 (B Rowland 102*, S Setia 101*) by ten wickets.

Waitakere and Papatoetoe played out an extraordinary game in which the hosts came out on top at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground.

Batting first, Waitakere were in big trouble at 12/5, and later 61/6. Daman Bhatti (3-33) and Pankaj Kumar had torn through the Waitakere top order before Brad Nash (56) and Paul Whynn helped their side to a miraculous recovery of 222 all out in the 44th over. Batting at No.9, Whynn was left stranded on 94 not out off 70 balls. 

Papatoetoe didn’t let the Waitakere rally throw them off their game, making simple work of what could have been a challenging chase. Barrington Rowland (102*) hit his second century in as many weeks, while Shane Setia (101*) continued his impressive 50-over form with his first century of the summer to go with four half-centuries. The win lifts Papatoetoe into the top-four with a 3-3 record.

Suburbs New Lynn 309/3 (S Martin 158, T Patel 63*, T Payle 60) defeated Ellerslie 106 (S Venville 32, D Watson 4-21, S Devereaux 3-39) by 203 runs.

Suburbs New Lynn are back to winning ways after a resounding victory over Ellerslie at Ken Maunder Park.

Two massive partnerships at the top of the order paved the way for a successful Suburbs outing, with Steve Martin leading the way. Martin hit 158 off 138 balls, the highest score of the day, in a knock that included 12 fours and 9 sixes, sharing partnerships of 147 with Tristan Payle (60) and 145 with Tejas Patel (63*). 

Ellerslie couldn’t set a foundation to worry Suburbs. Sam Devereaux knocked off the top, picking up 3-39 before Dane Watson (4-21) wiped away the Ellerslie tail to seal a fourth Richard Jones Cup win for the hosts.

Birkenhead 269 (C Rajapaksha 51, O La Brooy 39, A Jayampathi 36, P Faulkner 36, R Jenner 4-49) defeated Kumeu 151 (E Sayed 59, A Jayampathi 3-26) by 118 runs.

Birkenhead asserted themselves on Kumeu registering a comfortable victory over Kumeu.

Batting first at Huapai Domain, the visitors were made to work for a total. At 57/3, Kumeu had applied the pressure through the first hour with Jay Patel picking up two of the first three wickets. Despite Ryan Jenner’s 4-49, a powerful middle-order showing from Chamal Rajapaksha (51), Oneash La Brooy (39) Anuradha Jayampathi (36) and Patrick Faulkner (36) helped rebuild the inning and push Birkenhead on to 269. 

Outside of Elyaas Sayed’s 59 off 71 balls, Kumeu couldn’t get anything going. In the end, Jayampathi added three wickets to his crucial knock as the hosts were bundled out for 151. The win sees Birkenhead now sit in third with a 4-2 record. 

Grafton 352/6 (B Chamberlain 111, D Sharples 108, D Taylor 65) defeated Hibiscus Coast 101 (S Gunawardene 4-8) by 251 runs.

It was a record-breaking day for Grafton, who occupy the top spot on the Richard Jones Cup table after a comprehensive victory over Hibiscus Coast.

Batting first, Grafton pummelled 352/6 on the back of a 50-over record partnership for the club between debutant Ben Chamberlain and Daniel Sharples. The pair put on 225 for the fourth wicket with Chamberlain finishing on 111 off 112 balls and Sharples ith 108 off 111 balls. It was a case of crashing boundaries with the pair only hitting a combined 6 fours and 6 sixes between them.

The Hibiscus Coast chase fizzled early on as Sharples added a couple of wickets to his day. The tail was left to Sineth Gunawardene, who picked up 4-8 from 3.5 overs to seal Grafton’s second-largest margin of victory in limited-overs cricket. 

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Pearl Dawson Trophy | Rounds 5 and 6

Howick Pakuranga 122/6 (E Child 40, A Eastwood 3-23) lost to Auckland University 125/6 (N Matthews 33, A Eastwood 32) by four wickets.

Auckland University continued their impressive start to the summer with a final-ball victory over Howick Pakuranga. Though the Llamas built nicely on the back of knocks by Emma Child (40) and Amberly Parr, Alex Eastwood’s three wickets made it tough to push on. In reply, University were asked to fight to the end after Naomi Matthews (33), Alex Eastwood (32) and Nikita Parshotam (29) chipped away at the target. Needing two to win from the final ball, Rebecca Ellison found the boundary to keep University atop the table.

Cornwall 60/8 lost to Takapuna 61/2 by eight wickets.

Takapuna made the perfect start to the third Pearl Dawson double-header day with a speedy victory over Cornwall. The balanced Ponies attack well and truly squeezed the Cornwall batting order to leave a simple chase of 61. Wickets were shared across the board with five out of the six bowlers going under four runs per over. Cornwall gave themselves a chance, reducing Takapuna to 15/2, only for Brooke James and Finty Trussler to take the Ponies to victory in the 12th over.

Papatoetoe 81/6 (R Lilii 31*, W Pretorius 3-16) lost to Parnell 82/4 by six wickets. 

Parnell defeated Papatoetoe moving to a 4-1 record and staying in touch with Takapuna and Auckland University. The Parnell attack applied the pressure early and were relentless throughout to hold Papatoetoe to 81/6. While No. 4 Regina Lilii hit an unbeaten 31 off 33 balls, it was the spell of Wilmari Pretorius (3-14) that allowed the Plums to win the death overs. It wasn’t the most convincing of chases for Parnell, but there were enough starts to see victory achieved in the final over. 

Papatoetoe 127/6 (C Agafili 48*) lost to Auckland University 128/2 (E Handyside 50*, P Catton 39) by eight wickets.

It was another eight-wicket win for Auckland University to round out the day, this time against Papatoetoe. Batting first, Papatoetoe made a better fist of setting a total, pushing on to 127/6 with Carol Agafili (48*) and Megan Pearson batting their side out of trouble. University’s chase was positive from the outset as openers Emily Handyside and Prue Catton (39) added 92 for the first wicket. With all the pressure off, Handyside went to an unbeaten 50 as University improved their record to 5-1.

Takapuna 103/4 defeated Parnell 81/6 (Y Kareem 32, J Barnett 3-8) by 22 runs.

Takapuna came out on top in a clash of 4-1 teams with Parnell. The defending champions didn’t put up as many as they would have liked as the top three of Anna Browning, Kate Irwin and Brooke James were all dismissed in the 20s. Madison Curran was the most impressive of the Parnell bowlers, delivering a maiden and conceding just ten from her four overs. Parnell’s chase, however, didn’t match their effort in the field with Yaz Kareem (32) providing the only real resistance. Jane Barnett’s 3-8 shut down any hopes of a rally as Takapuna claimed an important win by 22 runs.

Howick Pakuranga 91/7 (R Patel 31) defeated Cornwall 62 (A Parr 3-3) by 29 runs.

Up against Cornwall, Howick Pakuranga didn’t let a low total stop them from remaining in the playoff hunt. Batting first, Radhika Patel led the way for the Llamas hitting the top score of 31. For Cornwall, openers Issy O’Connell and Olivia Baton picked up two wickets apiece to help hold Howick Pakuranga to 91/7. Cornwall’s batting, however, came unstuck a second time around under pressure from a remarkable spell by the opposing skipper; Amberly Parr finished with figures of 3-3 from her 3 overs as her side stormed to a 29-run victory.