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Jeff Crowe Cup | Round 12

North Shore 117 (T Chitongo 33, A Olliver 3-26, N Stobart 3-31) lost to Auckland University 120/5 (V Puppala 49*, J Low 31, R Bessell 3-26) by five wickets.

Auckland University kept their Grand Final hopes alive after an impressive first-up effort with the ball against North Shore.

Batting first at Devonport Domain, North Shore were in deep trouble at 26/3 in the sixth over. The only significant contribution came from No. 7 Tendai Chitongo, who scored 33 off 37 balls. For University, skipper Nick Stobart picked up 3-31, while Angus Olliver (3-36) ripped through the lower order as the hosts were bowled out for 117 in the 31st over.

The hard work wasn’t over for University. At 28/4, Rory Bessell (3-26) had given Shore a sniff of pulling off a low-scoring defence. Vamshi Puppala (49*) and Jonathan Low (31) then combined to bat the visitors out of trouble and close enough to victory for Christy O’Brien to help Puppala finish the job at the end of the 25th over. 

Cornwall 252 (D Gallage 110, M Guptill-Bunce 43, D Hamilton 4-45) defeated East Coast Bays 212 (I Bird 66, R Schierhout 57, M van den Berg 3-43, S Gough 3-45) by 40 runs.

At Windsor Park, Cornwall moved to an 8-4 Jeff Crowe Cup record after victory over East Coast Bays.

Batting first, Dimithri Gallage led Cornwall to a winning total, scoring a 129-ball 110. The opener had support in Michael Guptill-Bunce (43) as well as cameos through the middle to lift the visitors to 252. The total could have been much higher, if not for a Bays’ fightback. Dylan Hamilton inspired the rally, picking up 4-45 as Cornwall were bowled out in the 48th over.

While fifties to opener Ryan Schierhout (57) and No. 7 Isaac Bird kept Bays moving, Gallage’s knock loomed large. Cornwall’s Michael van den Berg (3-43) and Saxon Gough (3-45) took care of Bays’ reliable top order to set Cornwall on their way. In the end, Bird was the final man out wicket to fall, for a fighting 66 off 53 balls as the visitors took a 40-run win back over the bridge.

Eden Roskill 208 (M Abbas 60, S Sharma 39, N Patel 39, N Perera 4-25) lost to Parnell 209/3 (F McGregor-Sumpter 105*, H Miller 55*) by seven wickets.

Parnell kept the heat on Takapuna at the top of the Jeff Crowe Cup table with a seven-wicket win over Eden Roskill.

At Shore Road, Eden Roskill’s Muhammad Abbas dominated the early scoring. When the opener was dismissed for 60 off 57 balls, Roskill were in trouble at 86/3. Nikith Perera had the run of the things, taking 4-25 from his ten overs, while a pair of 39s from Shaneil Sharma and Neil Patel gave the visitors a total of 208. Aniket Parikh and Dean van Deventer also took two wickets apiece for the Peaches.

At 75/3, Parnell still needed a partnership. Skipper Flynn McGregor-Sumpter and keeper Harry Miller were the players to seize the opportunity. McGregor-Sumpter plundered 14 fours and 4 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 105 off 88 balls. Miller, batting at five, also found the fence regularly, with 5 fours and a six during his 55 not out off 57 balls as Parnell’s comprehensive came in the 34th over.

Howick Pakuranga 207 (L Winn 76, B Walsh 60, F de Villiers 4-38) lost to Takapuna 208/4 (C Neal 60, Q Sunde 53*, F Goodley-Hollister 42, B Beecroft 35) by six wickets.

Takapuna continued their march towards the Jeff Crowe Cup Final and a possible double after a strong win over Howick Pakuranga. 

Howick Pakuranga let slip an opportunity to put on a commanding total, falling from 168/3 to be bowled out for 207 in the 43rd over. Liam Winn (76) and Bill Walsh (60) had built the platform for Howick Pakuranga, before Fanie de Villiers (4-38), Sam Collinson and Matt Jones ripped through the Alpacas’ middle- and lower-order. 

A series of partnerships then carried Takapuna to victory. Starting at the top Ben Becroft (35) and Flynn Goodley-Hollister (42) laid the platform before Quinn Sunde (53*) and Cameron Neal (60) combined to all but guide the Pirates to victory in the 37th over. For Howick Pakuranga, Kimesh Chetty picked up 2-27 from his 7.5 overs.

Richard Jones Cup | Round 12

Suburbs New Lynn 273/5 (G Hanham 111*, N Fletcher 48, T Payle 39, L Fonseka 33) defeated Waitakere 195 (B Barnard 42, R Kumar 35, P Whynn 33, N Narayanankutty 30, D Watson 4-54) by 78 runs.

Suburbs New Lynn are a win away from the Richard Jones Cup Final having bettered neighbours Waitakere at Ken Maunder Park.

Batting first, there were starts at the top for Suburbs; with the hosts at 67/3, Waitakere were well in truly in the contest. George Hanham joined a patient Nathan Fletcher (48) and the pair batted Suburbs out of trouble. Hanham went on to score an unbeaten 111 off 106 balls, lifting Suburbs to 273/5 with the help of Lithira Fonseka (33). Hanham hit 6 fours and 3 sixes during his vital knock.

In reply, Waitakere never threatened to chase down their rival’s total. The seamers took wickets at the top before Dane Watson ripped through the lower order to finish with four wickets. Waitakere skipper Brian Barnard top-scored with 42 as his side were all out for 195 in the 46th over.

Kumeu 273/8 (A Christian 113, E Sayed 72, S Zada 30*, N Deol 5-43) defeated Papatoetoe 217 (A Luthra 93*, D Laban-Jeffries 4-30) by 56 runs.

At Huapai Domain, a strong third-wicket stand set the scene for Kumeu’s 56-run win over Papatoetoe.

Batting first, the hosts were in early trouble only for Akash Christian and Elyaas Sayed to turn the inning around. The pair added 162 runs in good time, with Christian (113) registering his third hundred of the summer, while Sayed finished on 72. Papatoetoe then fought back through Navi Deol (5-43) but Soliman Zada had the final say of the first half, hitting 30 not out off 12 balls to lift Kumeu to 273/8.

Much of Papatoetoe’s success this summer has come on the back of runs at the top. It wasn’t to be on this occasion, reduced to 75/5 and later 130/9. Dion Laban-Jeffries had a huge role to play in Kumeu’s dominant position, taking 4-30 from his ten overs. Papatoetoe No.5, Akshaye Luthra, having survived the carnage, then combined with his final partner, finishing unbeaten on 93 off 94 balls. The hard work had been done for Kumeu, who now hold a 6-6 record in the 50-over competition.

Hibiscus Coast 183 (R Newman 68, T Treadaway 34, BJ Jacobs 31, D Dogra 3-31, J Wilkinson 3-33) defeated Ellerslie 144 (S Venville 72, D Kharel 33, R Lakmal 4-18, T Treadaway 3-19) by 39 runs.

Hibiscus Coast made it back-to-back wins, defeating Ellerslie to split their Richard Jones Cup series for the summer.

Having decided to bat first, the loss of regular wickets kept Coast from posting the kind of total they would have had in mind. Bevon-John Jacobs and Tony Treadaway both made starts, while Ryan Newman’s 68 provided some middle-order backbone to the Coast inning. For the visitors, Dhruv Dogra and Joseph Wilkinson were the best of the bowlers, picking up three wickets apiece to keep the hosts to 183.

Five wickets in the first 11 overs went a long way to wrapping this one up for the hosts. While Stephen Venville remained at the crease, Ellerslie remained a chance. Venville blasted 72 off 61 balls to keep the visitors moving, but his dismissal signalled the end of the fight. For Coast, the double-act of Ramesh Lakmal (4-18) and skipper Treadaway (3-19) combined at the top and the tail to secure Coast a 39-run win. 

Grafton 206/9 (R Sandhu 44, P Patel 39, D Sharples 30) lost to Birkenhead 207/4 (C Rajapaksha 77*, J O’Brien 39, A Jayampathi 37*, P Nuwan 35) by six wickets.

At Victoria Park, Birkenhead kept their Finals hopes alive with a win over table-toppers Grafton.

Grafton were given a powerful start by openers Raja Sandhu (44) and Alex Edwards, who raced the Lions out to 66/1 in the tenth over. The only other contributions of note for Grafton, however, came from Parth Patel (39) and Daniel Sharples (30) as the host scraped through to 206/9 from their fifty overs. The spells of Pramesh Fernando and Chamal Rajapaksha tied up the middle of the inning with the pair combining for 4-56 from their 20 overs.

Rajapaksha was at it again with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 77 to guide Birkenhead to a seventh Richard Jones Cup win of the summer. Earlier Pradeep Nuwan and James O’Brien had got the score moving for the visitors, while Anuradha Jayampathi (37*) was there at the end with Rajapaksha when victory came in the 48th over. 

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Prichard Cup | Round 6

Auckland University 255/5 (E Handyside 75*, N Patel 69, P Catton 42, N Parshotam 30) defeated Parnell 166 (P Catton 3-36) by 89 runs.

At Colin Maiden Park, Auckland University took inspiration from their Pearl Dawson Trophy victory to get by Parnell.

Allrounders Prue Catton (42) and Nensi Patel (69) put University on the front foot, adding 79 for the second wicket. The visitors fought back and, at 143/4, had an opportunity to squeeze the middle overs. Emily Handyside (75*) and Nikita Parshotam (30) combined for a 5th-wicket stand of 107 to help the hosts to 255/5.

Backing up last weekend’s hundred, Parnell opener Cate Pederson hit a half-century. Pederson, however, lost six partners along the way as the University attack worked together to build pressure. Catton (3-36) added a tidy spell to her earlier efforts with the bat to lead her side to an important 89-run win.

Cornwall 172 (A Ewart 45, K Perkins 39, M Downes 3/10) lost to Howick Pakuranga 173/7 (A Parr 73*) by three wickets.

Howick Pakuranga fought their way to a three-wicket win over fellow Grand Final hopefuls Cornwall. 

At Cornwall Park, the hosts bat first and were in a strong position at 124/3 courtesy of top-order knocks by Annie Ewart (45) and Katie Perkins (39). Marama Downes then turned the match in Howick Pakuranga’s favour, picking up 3-10 from her 3.5 overs. Mansimran Kaur also impressed for the Llamas, picking up 2-32 from nine overs.

Howick Pakuranga didn’t have the chase go entirely their own way, slipping to 26/4 and later 88/6. Skipper Amberly Parr then rescued her side, patiently making her way to an unbeaten 73 off 105 balls. The allrounder found support in Yasmin Bhadha and Jamie-Lee-Bird, who helped take the Llamas to victory in the 46th over. The result leaves both sides fighting for a place, alongside Auckland University, for a place in the Final.

Papatoetoe 45 (F Trussler 3-7, L Watton 3-11) lost to Takapuna 48/1 by nine wickets.

Takapuna continued their unbeaten 50-over run, making short work of Papatoetoe at Hobsonville Domain.

Bowling first, the Ponies applied the pressure early and it eventually told with Arlene Kelly picking up both openers. It was a complete performance with the ball as Finty Trussler and Leah Watton both picked up three wickets, while Sydney Bultitude nabbed the other two. 

Chasing 46, Kate Irwin and Izzy Gaze saw their side through to victory in the 9th over. The win takes the Ponies to a 6-0 Prichard Cup record.