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Club Cricket | 26 March

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Club Cricket | 26 March

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Premier Men

Jeff Crowe Cup | Final

Cornwall 301/7 (S Crooks 115, M Guptill-Bunce 56, G Worker 52, L Dasent 35) lost to Takapuna 302/7 (T Van Ingen-Kal 92*, C Neal 57*, W O’Donnell 49, J Hayes 4-55) by three wickets.

Takapuna secured a 50-over / T20 double, chasing over 300 in the Jeff Crowe Cup classic against Cornwall. 

Batting first at Onewa Domain, Cornwall got off to a roaring start courtesy of George Worker’s flying 52 off 41 balls. At 68/2, the platform was set for Sam Crooks and Michael Guptill-Bunce (56). The pair benefitted from several close shaves to post 104 runs for the third wicket. Crooks later found support in Lucas Dasent (35) and would go on to score 115 off 133 balls. For Takapuna, Matt Jones and Jordan Sussex picked up two wickets apiece.

Chasing 302, a series of starts left Takapuna with some work to do. At 108/4 in the 26th over, the hosts needed eight an over. Tristan van Ingen-Kal and Cameron Neal combined beautifully to pull the Pirates back into the game. When Neal fell in the 40th over, Cornwall had an opening and their opponents still needing 93 runs from the final 65 balls. While Van Ingen-Kal was supported through the final ten overs by Fanie de Villiers and Daniel James, he was left to finish the job. Van Ingen-Kal finished unbeaten on 92 off 107 balls when Ross ter Braak hit the third ball of the final over to the boundary.

Parnell 245/8 (A Parikh 60, N Perera 40, F McGregor-Sumpter 36, R Bessell 3-42) defeated North Shore 129 (N Perera 7-23) by 116 runs.

A special bowling effort helped Parnell breeze past North Shore and secure third place in the Jeff Crowe Cup.

Batting first, it took a collective effort for Parnell to get through to 245/8. Familiar names in Aniket Parikh (60) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (36) led the way at the top before Nikith Perera put the cheery on top with 40 not out off 17 balls. For North Shore, Rory Bessell picked up 3-42, while spinners Tendai Chitongo and Matt Strain took two wickets apiece. 

Then it was the turn of Perera, the bowler. Entering the attack in the 7th over, the left-arm spinner ran through the Shore order, finishing with his first five-wicket haul for Parnell and the outstanding figures of 7-23 from ten overs, including four maidens. In the end, Perera’s efforts led Parnell to a 116-run win.

Eden Roskill 182/9 (N Patel 50, M Abbas 35, H Singh 3-21) lost to Howick Pakuranga 183/5 (D Young 81*, A Bhardwaj 3-35) by five wickets.

Howick Pakuranga took a confident victory over Eden Roskill to retain their place in the Jeff Crowe Cup for the 22/23 season. 

Batting first, Eden Roskill made a solid start before Howick Pakuranga hit back. 39/1 became 65/6 as Harmeet Singh (3-21) had his way with the Roskill middle order. There was some fight left in the visitors with No. 8 Neil Patel battling his way through to 50* and, with the support of the tail, lifting his side to 182/9. 

Daniel Young, who claimed four catches behind the stumps, played the knock of note for the Alpacas. The Howick Pakuranga No.3 finished unbeaten on 81 off 132 balls through an innings of minor partnerships. Though the hosts lost five wickets on their way to victory, Young remained clam to his side through to their most important victory of the summer.

East Coast Bays defeated Auckland University by default.

Richard Jones Cup | Final 

Suburbs New Lynn 177/9 (S Solia 74, N Fletcher 44, T Bayly 3-37) defeated Grafton 108 (D Watson 7-23) by 69 runs.

Suburbs New Lynn will play in the Jeff Crowe Cup next summer after defeating Grafton in the Richard Jones Cup final.

Batting first, a string of low scores saw Suburbs in deep trouble at 77/5. Sean Solia survived the onslaught and went on to play the significant inning of the match. The opener was the next man out for 74 off 88, leaving Suburbs needing a partnership at 116/6. Nathan Fletcher was patient for his 44, hitting 1 four and 1 six, as the visitors finished on 177/9.

Then it was time for the Dane Watson hour. The off-spinner turned the match in Suburbs’ favour with a memorable spell, first striking in his fourth over and then going on to take 7-23 from his nine overs. The Lions were unable to rebuild and Suburbs eventually claimed a 69-run win. 

Hibiscus Coast 140 (R Newman 41, R Lakmal 38, P Fernando 3-21, C Rajapaksha 3-28) lost to Birkenhead 141/9 (L Vimukthi 36) by one wicket.

Birkenhead claimed third place after a narrow one-wicket win over Hibiscus Coast. 

The runs were hard to come by at Victor Eaves Park. Asked to bat first, Hibiscus Coast were in a reasonable position, having recovered from 38/3. At 116/3, Ryan Newman (41) and Ramesh Lakmal (38) had the Coast on track for more than 200. It didn’t eventuate as Pramesh Fernando (3-21) and Chamal Rajapaksha (3-28) ran through the lower order.

Chasing 141, Birkenhead’s inning was hampered by a pair of early run-outs. Even though the visitors fell to 26/4, the size of the chase kept Birkenhead in the contest. Lahiru Vimukthi’s 36, along with several middle-to-lower contributions, proved the difference in the end as the visitors’ final pair ticked over the final nine runs for victory.

Kumeu 149 (E Sayed 33, P Lawande 4-42) lost to Ellerslie 150/4 (S Wimalaratne 47, D Kharel 42) by six wickets.

Ellerslie finished their season with a sound victory over Kumeu.

Runs were also hard to come by at Michaels Avenue. Kumeu’s top-seven all made double figures but nobody could go on to help post a competitive total. No. 3 Elyaas Sayed top-scored with 33, while Pratik Lawande picked up 4-42 for Ellerslie. Dinesh Kharel continued his impressive summer taking 2-13 from his ten overs to kickstart the first half of an allround double.

Ellerslie took their time in setting up the chase. Under no scoreboard pressure, Shannon Wimalaratne was patient at the top hitting 47 off 93 balls. Coming in at No. 4, Kharel then scored 42 off 69 balls to edge Ellerslie closer to victory. Soliman Zada gave his side his best, taking 2-20 from his ten overs, but it wasn’t enough to stop Ellerslie from picking up one final victory of the summer. 

Papatoetoe 211/9 (D Bhatti 58, B Rowland 48*, S Setia 38, P Whynn 3-27, A Suri 3-57) lost to Waitakere 212/2 (S Mirza 70*, B Barnard 67*, R Kumar 64) by eight wickets.

Waitakere ended a 10-game losing streak to close the season with an eight-wicket win over Papatoetoe.

At Papatoetoe Recreation Ground, Papatoetoe were made to work for a total. There were starts at the top, but a confident 49/0 start was soon 119/8. Waitakere’s wickets came through Paul Whynn (3-27) and Asher Suri (3-57), only for Barrington Rowland to come out to bat at 10 and score an unbeaten 48 off 50 balls. The rally lifted Papatoetoe to 211/9. 

In contrast, Waitakere built two major partnerships which ultimately carried them to the total. Opener Rajat Kumar lost his opening partner and went on to score 64 off 70 balls before Shozib Mirza (70*) and Brian Barnard (67*) carried their side to victory. Victory for Waitakere came in the 37th over. 

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Prichard Cup | Final

Auckland University 69 (F Trussler 3-20) lost to Takapuna 73/6 by four wickets.

At Hobsonville Domain, Takapuna made it four Prichard Cup titles in a row, surviving a tense final against Auckland University.

Batting first, Auckland University ran into early trouble under the pressure of Takapuna’s challenging attack. Roz McNeill and Leah Watton got things started before Finty Trussler spurred the Ponies’ spin-trio on. Trussler picked up 3-20 from her ten overs, while McNeill and Jane Barnett both picked up 2-9 as University were all out for 69 in the 39th over.

The Ponies’ chase didn’t exactly go to plan. Reduced to 29/5, Nensi Patel and Jesse Prasad had University on top and in the game. The pair delivered their 20 overs, taking a combined 3-32. Sophie Court also picked up two wickets, leaving McNeill the responsibility of taking the Ponies to victory. The Takapuna skipper combined with Sydney Bultitude for a patient but crucial 31-run stand, eventually hitting the winning runs in the 31st over. 

Parnell 248/4 (S Barriball 136, I Mills 34) defeated Papatoetoe 65 (R Seymour 3/5) by 183 runs.

Parnell finished their Prichard Cup campaign with a comprehensive win over Papatoetoe.

Batting first, the Plums put on 248/4 from their 50 overs. No. 3 Sam Barriball (136) led the way for the hosts, hitting her first hundred for the club. With the support of Isabel Mills, the pair put on 110 for the third wicket. 

In reply, Papatoetoe struggled to get anything going. Madison Curran and Makaylah Mason-Jones both picked up two wickets before Rylee Seymour underlined Parnell’s victory with a hat-trick, taking the final three wickets. 

Howick Pakuranga 260/4 (S Shahri 83, J Penfold 43*, A Parr 42*, C Stevens 30) lost to Cornwall 261/7 (K Perkins 84, K Craig 55) by three wickets.

Cornwall secured a third-placed finish, coming out on top of a high-scoring contest with Howick Pakuranga.

Sent in, Howick Pakuranga impressed as Saachi Shahri held the inning together, scoring 83 off 123 balls. To finish the inning, Josie Penfold (43*) and Amberly Parr (42*) lifted the visitors to 260/4. For Cornwall, Katie Perkins picked up 2-24 from her seven overs.

Kate Craig (55) set Cornwall on their way before Perkins took up the mantle, coming it at No. 4 and hitting 84 off 80 balls. Though Penfold added two wickets to her earlier efforts with the bat, Cornwall’s Bella Armstrong, Claire Crooks and Anika Todd all pushed their side on to a three-wicket win.