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Club Cricket | 26 Feb

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Club Cricket | 26 Feb

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Jeff Crowe Cup | Round 11

Takapuna 270/8 (B Beecroft 98, D James 44, J Sussex 31*, S Collinson 31, M Olsen 3-48, H McKay 3-55) defeated North Shore 222 (Ad. Dhadwal 49, H McKay 30*, P Ruffell 4-34, S Collinson 3-45) by 48 runs.

Takapuna kept their hopes of the double alive with an important win over neighbours North Shore.

Batting first at Onewa Domain, Takapuna slipped from 101/1 to 115/5 as Hayden McKay (3-55) made the most of his first bowl at Premier Level. Through it all, Ben Beecroft kept Takapuna ticking over; the opener would fall two short of a hundred but his efforts allowed the lower order to flourish. Despite Michael Olsen picking up 3-48, Dan James (45), Jordan Sussex (31*) and Sam Collinson (31) all played determinedly to lift the Pirates to 270/6.

Starts at the top saw North Shore out to 55/1 after the first ten overs. Peter Ruffell (4-34) and Collinson (3-45) then hit back to seize control of the match. Adithya Dhadwal’s run-a-ball 49 kept the visitors afloat for some time, but the pressure soon told and North Shore were all out for 222. While McKay added an unbeaten 30 not out off 23 balls to a memorable debut, Takapuna took another stride towards a spot in the final.

Eden Roskill 151 (S Sharma 52, A Bhardwaj 32, H Singh 4-30, K Chetty 3-13) lost to Howick Pakuranga 154/1 (S Borland 97*, B Walsh 39) by nine wickets.

Howick Pakuranga are off the bottom of the Jeff Crowe Cup table after a comprehensive win over Eden Roskill.

A Matt Blanford double-strike in the second over set the tone for Howick Pakuranga. Shaneil Sharma (52) and Aman Bhardwaj (32) fought to keep Roskill moving, only for Harmeet Singh (4-30) and Kimesh Chetty (3-13) to first break the partnership and then run through the middle order. Roskill were 151 all out in the 34th over.

In reply, the Alpacas raced out to 134 for the first wicket. The partnership between Sam Borland and Bill Walsh (39) quickly extinguished any hopes Roskill had of defending their total. Borland continued on to a dynamic 97 not out of 79 balls, hitting 13 fours and 3 sixes, as victory came in the 25th over.

Cornwall 231/9 (J Cassidy 60, L Dasent 44, J Plummer 3-40, H King 3-45) defeated Parnell 177 (D van Deventer 49, A Parikh 38) by 54 runs.

Cornwall took victory over Parnell to leapfrog their opponents into the all-important second place on the Jeff Crowe Cup table.

Jack Cassidy (60) hit his 6th half-century of the summer to hold the first half of Cornwall’s inning together. Parnell’s Josh Plummer came up trumps with the ball as 102/2 became 117/5, leaving the Cornwall lower order with work to do to get past 200. The knocks of No. 6 Lucas Dasent (44), Jamie Hayes and Michael van den Berg saw Cornwall through to 231/9, while Henry King picked up 3-45.

Parnell would have been confident heading into the chase. The big knock didn’t come from what has been a reliable top order. Aniket Parikh (38) survived a dramatic first 22 overs that saw Parnell collapse to 65/6. Despite 49 from Dean van Deventer, the two wickets apiece to Hayes, Dasent and Carl de Beer took Cornwall to what could be a telling victory. 

East Coast Bays 269/8 (S Langridge 79, M Ross 59, L Watson 36, R Harrison 30) defeated Auckland University 142 (J Low 44, K Mackenzie 31, L Delport 3-27) by 127 runs.

East Coast Bays kept themselves in the hunting pack after a sound victory over Auckland University. 

Batting first, Bays were in early trouble after University skipper Nick Stobart dismissed both openers in the first three overs. From that moment, Bays slowly but surely battled back into the ascendancy. Seb Langridge (79) combined with Ryan Harrison (30) and Luke Watson (36) before Michael Ross hit 59 off 30 to lift Bays to 269/8. 

Blair Smith fired the first shot at University’s chase, replicating Stobart’s efforts by bagging both openers. All hope was not lost, however, as Jonathan Low (44) and Kieren Mackenzie (31) threatened to build a partnership. It wouldn’t be enough to turn the tide as Louis Delport (3-27) and Max Butler (2-21) ripped through the middle and lower orders to seal a 127-run win. 

Richard Jones Cup | Round 11

Grafton 251/8 (D Sharples 57, P Patel 46*, G Olliff 46, K Minhas 3-50) defeated Waitakere 159 (K Minhas 48, J Dymond 3-27) by 92 runs (DLS method).

At Cox’s Bay, Grafton have put themselves within a win of the Richard Jones Cup final after defeating Waitakere.

After a delay to start the match, it was a hotly-contested first 25 overs with Grafton at 104/4. Enter Daniel Sharples (57), Garth Olliff (46) and Parth Patel (46*), who combined to take Grafton out to 251/8 from their 46 overs. For Waitakere, Kavi Minhas (3-50) and Quintin Taljaard (2-25) were the best of the bowlers.

In reply, Waitakere were in early trouble and would never recover. Minhas added 48 to his earlier wickets, but there was little else to cheer about for the visitors, who were bowled out for 159. Jack Dymond (3-27) was again the chief destroyer, taking two at the top and one to wrap up the 92-run win. 

Hibiscus Coast 208 (BJ Jacobs 51, T Treadaway 40, C Elliot 35, P Fernando 5-36) defeated Birkenhead 193 (J O’Brien 36, C Rajapaksha 34, A Jayampathi 3, T Treadaway 4-39) by 15 runs.

Hibiscus Coast picked up their fourth Richard Jones Cup win against Birkenhead, who now sit a win behind second place. 

Batting first, Coast snuck past 200 on the back of a bat-by-committee effort. Bevon-John Jacobs (51), Tony Treadaway (40) and Craig Elliot (35) were the key contributors for the visitors, who were bowled out for 208, eight balls shy of their 50 overs. Pramesh Fernando bagged 5-36, including four of the top five, to give Birkenhead a firm grounding in the match.

Chasing 209, Birkenhead had five players score between 26 and 36. The knock of note never came as Treadaway had his best outing for Coast. James O’Brien (36) and Chamal Rajapaksha (34) had the hosts in reasonable shape at 70/2 but Treadaway’s 4-39 set Coast on their way. It was tight in the end, but Ramesh Lakmal (2-29) held his nerve to seal a 15-run win for his side.

Ellerslie 270/8 (J Allan 98*, A Alam 65, B Dench 35, S Wimilaratne 30, D Laban-Jeffries 3-52) defeated Kumeu 153 (D Dogra 3-24) by 117 runs.

Ellerslie moved into fourth on the back of a stellar batting effort against Kumeu.

Batting first, Ellerslie piled on the runs. The big partnership came between Josh Allan (98*) and Abrar Alam (65), who together put on 159 for the 5th wicket. It was Allan’s third 50+ score of Ellerslie’s Richard Jones Cup campaign, cruelly running out of time to register his second hundred of the summer. Dion Laban-Jeffries had a hand in a lot of good things o Kumeu, picking up 3-52 and contributing to two run-outs.r

Chasing 271, Kumeu couldn’t come to terms with the task at hand. The top scores came from No. 10 Laban-Jeffries (27*) and Soliman Zada (28). By then, Ellerslie had the game in their hands, with Dhruv Dogra (3-24), Dinesh Kharel (2-17) and Sam Edkins (2-23) all delivering tidy 10-over spells.

Papatoetoe 253 (S Setia 108, A Luthra 43, R Gill 31, M Barry 5-42, S Devereaux 3-46) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 257/2 (T Patel 110*, M Barry 85*) by eight wickets.

With a commanding win over Papatoetoe, Suburbs New Lynn bounced back to winning ways to consolidate their position in second place.

Shane Setia’s third hundred of 21/22 gave Papatoetoe someone to bat around. The rest of the host’s top order did just that as Akshay Luthra (43) helped set up the death overs. The big finish didn’t come, however, with Michael Barry taking 5-42 and Sam Devereaux picking up 3-46; Papatoetoe were bowled out for 253 on the final ball of their 50 overs. 

Suburbs chase started with run-a-ball starts by Steve Martin and Tristan Payle, but the majority of the work was to be done by Tejas Patel and his skipper Barry. Patel would finish unbeaten on 110 off 86 balls, hitting a whopping 15 boundaries, while Barry completed an all-round exhibition with 85 not out off 73 balls. The win did Suburbs net-run-rate no harm, claiming victory in the 33rd over.

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Prichard Cup | Round 5

Papatoetoe 93 (P Catton 4-25, N Patel 3-17) defeated Auckland University 81 (M Pearson 3-10) by 12 runs.

Papatoetoe picked up their first Prichard Cup win for the summer against Auckland University.

It was a bowlers day at Colin Maiden Park with all 20 wickets falling inside an action-packed 67 overs. Batting first, Papatoetoe could only muster 93 with University spinners Prue Catton (4-25) and Nensi Patel (3-17) controlling the first half of the game. Regina Lilii and Carol Agafili both top-scored with 21 as Papatoetoe were bowled out for 93.

It turned out to be enough after a spirited effort in the field by Papatoetoe. University were in good shape at 43/2 with Katie Gurrey set on 25. Agafili then caught Gurrey short of her crease to turn the match in Papatoetoe’s favour. With the ball, Megan Pearson led the way with 3-10 from her six overs. There was fight in the University tail but the damage had been done; the hosts rolled for 81, 13 runs short of victory.

Takapuna 191/7 (R McNeill 45*, A Kelly 34, A Hucker 3-37) defeated Cornwall 90 (B Armstrong 44, R McNeill 3-7, F Trussler 3-17) by 101 runs.

At Hobsonville Domain, Takapuna booked their place in the Prichard Cup final with a win over Cornwall.

Batting first, the Ponies had to fight for a total; Arlene Kelly (34) and Izzy Gaze (29) kept the hosts moving, while Cornwall’s Amie Hucker threatened throughout. The task of carrying Takapuna through to a total fell to skipper Roz McNeill (45*) and Sydney Bultitude, who ensured their side batted all 50 overs in reaching 191/7.

Takapuna were given the perfect start as McNeill (3-7) carried the momentum from her batting innings into a superb opening with the ball. Three wickets in McNeill’s first three overs, and one from Clare Mains, saw Cornwall reduced to 24/4. Bella Armstrong (44) played positively with little support; Cornwall were eventually bowled out for 90 as Finty Trussler picked up 3-17.

Parnell 221/6 (C Pederson 110, Y Kareem 37) defeated Howick Pakuranga 121 (K Anderson 40, O Anderson 3-30) by 100 runs.

Parnell kept their Finals hopes alive with an impressive victory over Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

Cate Pederson led the way for the Plums with a patient century, combining with Yaz Kareem (37) for an opening stand of 82. Pederson hit 5 fours on her way to 110 off 137 balls, Parnell’s first Premier century of the summer. For Howick Pakuranga, Amberly Parr and Kate Anderson picked up two wickets as Parnell finished with 221/6. 

In reply, Kate Anderson got herself off to a flier, hitting a run-a-ball 40. The pressure came on, however, with Olivia Anderson (3-30), Emma Baker and Makaylah Mason-Jones bowling the Plums to victory. The Llamas were all out in the 26th over, 100 runs short of their target.