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Honda Financial Premiership | 16 January

Club Cricket

Honda Financial Premiership | 16 January

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Seven undefeated teams entered the Jeff Crowe Cup, Richard Jones Cup and Pearl Dawson Trophy on Saturday and only two remain after another dramatic day around the grounds.

Premier Men

Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Four

North Shore 320/7 (S Hinds 109, R Hira 100, S Keene 41, A Jones 3-57) defeated Howick Pakuranga 210/9 (B Walsh 45, L Winn 36, Z Watson 4-25) by 110 runs.

A superb opening stand of 222 between Samuel Hinds and Ronnie Hira laid the groundwork for an important win over Howick Pakuranga. The pair played contrasting knocks with Hinds hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes during his 109 off 132 balls, while Hira’s ton came off 103 balls with just the 4 fours and 3 sixes. Adam Jones (3-57) hit back for Howick Pakuranga when the Shore pair fell before the death overs, leaving Simon Keene (41) to lift the hosts to 320/7.

In reply, a series of starts helped and hindered Howick Pakuranga. A steady opening stand allowed the visitors to keep wickets in hand but the trade-off was an elevating required run-rate. Openers Bill Walsh (45) and Liam Winn (36) were the best of the Alpaca batsmen, with Shore able to apply the pressure through the middle. For the hosts, Zac Watson (4-25) ended a pair of developing partnerships before returning to clean up the tail. 

Takapuna 261 (Q Sunde 105, D James 48, G Harley 39, D van Deventer 3-29) defeated Parnell 195 (H Miller 49, D van Deventer 43*, S Collinson 4-53, M Jones 3-45) by 66 runs.

Quinn Sunde’s second hundred of the season played a major role in Takapuna recovering from 39/4 to later take victory over Parnell at Shore Road. Takapuna’s wicketkeeper saw his side’s top-order collapse and was determined not to add to Parnell’s early success. With the help of Guy Harley (39) and Daniel James (48), Sunde hit a gritty 105 off 111 balls to push Takapuna up to 261; Dean van Deventer finished with 3-29 with wickets at the death.

In an almost identical start, Parnell slipped to 36/3 at the end of the powerplay. Though it didn’t get any easier from there, Harry Miller (49) gave his side hope for a revival. Sam Collinson (4-53) and Matt Jones (3-45) weren’t going to let the Pirates fine start with the ball go to waste, reducing the Peaches to 94/7. Patient partnerships by the Parnell lower-order saw van Deventer (43*), de Villiers (25) and Nikith Perera (25), but the damage had been done and Takapuna are off the mark in the Jeff Crowe Cup.

East Coast Bays 157 (C Briggs 76*, R Schierhout 32, L Dasent 4-17) lost to Cornwall 158/6 (Ad Dhadwal 48, Am Dhadwal 38) by four wickets.

Cornwall remain the only unbeaten team in the Jeff Crowe Cup after a comfortable away victory over East Coast Bays. After a sound opening stand between Cole Briggs and Ryan Schierhout (32), the Bays innings quickly slipped into free-fall under severe attack by the Cornwall spinners. Despite Briggs (76*) eventually carrying his bat Lucas Dasent (4-17), Scott Marra (2-17) and Swapnil Karnik (1-20) did the damage, while three run-outs also helped Cornwall bowl Bays out for 157 in the 48th over.

The visitors top three saw off two-thirds of the chase with the Dhadwal brothers, Aditya (48) and Amit (38), featuring once again. Though Schierhout continued his fine start to 2021 with the ball and Phil Mecredy struck twice to see Cornwall wobble briefly, Bays ran out of runs to play with in the 34th over. 

Suburbs New Lynn 230/8 (T Patel 52, G Hanham 46, J Bassett-Graham 31, N Stobart 3/51) lost to Auckland University 233/8 (J Low 72*, C Ansell 46) by two wickets.

Auckland University claimed another big scalp defeating Suburbs New Lynn in a tight contest at Colin Maiden Park. The hosts went a long way to winning the match, tying the Suburbs openers down early before taking regular wickets through the middle. Skipper Nick Stobart (3-51) was the best of the University bowlers, while Tejas Patel (52), George Hanham (46) and Jonny Bassett-Graham (31) all tried to lift the rate for the visitors. Jeet Patel took two wickets at the death, but Scott Johnston’s 25 off 15 balls helped Suburbs finish with 230/8.

In reply, University kept up with the required run-rate through most of the chase. Conor Ansell (46) provided the early glue, but it was Jonathan Low who played another defining knock for his side. Low saw many of his teammates come and go as spinners Adithya Ashok and Dane Watson applied the pressure to the middle order. Scores of 23, 15, 15, 16 and 10, allowed Low to build enough partnerships to get University into a winning position. In the end, University crossed the line with two wickets in hand as Low finished unbeaten on 72 off 78 balls.

Richard Jones Cup | Round Four 

Ellerslie 313/7 (A Alam 72, P Narsimhan 48, A Ogra 44, D de Silva 43*) defeated Hibiscus Coast 190/7 (C Elliot 42*) by 123 runs.

Ellerslie registered an emphatic win on home turf at Michaels Ave over Hibiscus Coast. Batting first, opening pair Adi Ogra (44) and Parikshith Narsimhan (48) got the ball rolling. No. 3 Abrar Alam kept the momentum going with a steady 72 until he was dismissed in the 28th over. From there, several middle-order starts perpetuated Ellerslie’s efforts before Dinesh De Silva rounded things off with a quickfire 43 from just 20 deliveries; boosting Ellerslie’s total to a lofty 313.

In reply, the Coast batsmen couldn’t convert any of their promising beginnings whilst the Ellerslie attack asserted themselves. Craig Elliot (42*) delivered a Captains knock, and hung around long enough for Coast to see out their overs, as they finished well short on 190/7. 

Waitakere 227 (J Henderson 68, B Barnard 61, P Whynn 36, J Patel 3-20) lost to Kumeu 228/9 (P Kumar 44, E Sayed 42, J Patel 30) by one wicket.

Kumeu kept it close as they successfully chased Waitakere’s target down on Saturday. Brian Barnard (61) was again the man for Waitakere in the opening stanza and found support in the form of No. 6 batsmen Jack Henderson (68). Paul Whynn’s 36 had the tail wagging after he arrived at the crease at 144/6. However he was removed late by Jay Patel (3-20) as Waitakere were bowled out in the 49th over for 227.

Kumeu got off to a fast start courtesy of openers Pankaj Kumar (44) and Elyaas Sayed (42). A flurry of wickets followed their 94-run partnership, but Jay Patel (30) stopped the bleeding – capping of an impressive all around day. More wickets had Kumeu in despair at 179-9 ; Tarun Nethula (29*) and Amran Ahmadzai (13*) weren’t ready to give up though and their triumphant last wicket stand snuck Kumeu over the line. 

Eden Roskill 231 (J Kumar 64, M Abbas 39, P Ventkatsubramanian 34, N Bhana 4-29, C McKegg 3-28) defeated Grafton 205 (D Taylor 44, N Fletcher 36, J Kumar 3-32) by 26 runs.

Eden Roskill handed Grafton their first loss of the competition at Victoria Park. The home side appeared to be winning the battle early on, as Eden Roskill were perilously positioned at 78-5. Young gun Muhammad Abbas fought back with a brave 39 that included 5 boundaries. Abbas was supported by both Jeet Kumar (64) and gloveman Prahaladh Venkatsubramanian (34). The late revival allowed Roskill to post a total of 231 before they were bowled out in the 46th over.

Needing less than five runs per over from the start, Grafton got the start they were after through Alex Edwards (37) and Dylan Taylor (44). Finger spinner Jeet Kumar then snagged a pair of lbw’s on his way to figures of 3-32. Grafton skipper Nathan Fletcher (36) tried to turn the tide, batting through to the 43rd over before late wickets and a run out, all courtesy of Oyishik Chakraborty, saw Grafton fall short by 26 runs.

Birkenhead 280/6 (J O’Brien 112*, S Rajwer 58, C Rajapaksha 35, A Prasad 3-38) defeated Papatoetoe 235 (J Plummer 56, L Clark 57, M Masand 4-47, A Frew 3-48) by 45 runs.

Birkenhead went clear at the top of the table on the back of James O’Brien’s unbeaten century. Chamal Rajapaskha (35) and Simon Rajwer (58) contributed knocks of their own but the story of the first innings was O’Brien, who hit 13 boundaries on his way to 112* from just 100 balls. Avnit Prasad’s (3-38) tight bowling ensured Birkenheads total didn’t balloon past the 300 mark, nevertheless Papatoetoe were left with a daunting chase of 280 ahead of them.

Top-order batsmen Josh Plummer (56) and Logan Clark (57) gave Papatoetoe’s chase some early promise, but opening bowlers Mayur Masand (4-47) and Angus Frew (3-48) combined for seven wickets, giving Birkenhead a comfortable 45-run win and a 4-0 Richard Jones Cup record.

Premier Women

Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Three

Auckland University 109/5 (J Prasad 30*) lost to Takapuna 110/3 ( A van Deventer 50*) by seven wickets.

Takapuna made it 3-from-3 to start the Pearl Dawson Trophy with a routine win over Auckland University. Top-order contributions by Rebecca Ellison (25), Annique Wickramanayake (26) and Jesse Prasad (30*) saw University through their 20 overs, but Takapuna’s spin twins, Sydney Bultitude (2-19) and Jane Barnett (1-19), ensured the boundaries were hard to come by.

In reply, a 54-run second-wicket stand between Emma Irwin (27) and Anlo van Deventer got Takapuna moving in the right direction. Coming in at 4/1, skipper van Deventer took the responsibility of seeing the chase through, finishing with 50* off 36 balls. For University, Prue Catton (2-15) made it difficult for Takapuna, at times, who claimed victory with three overs to spare.

Howick Pakuranga 126/7 (R Patel 51, R Lilii 4-14) defeated Papatoetoe 74/6 (R Lilii 32, M Downes 3-10) by 52 runs.

Howick Pakuranga came out on top in the Southern derby with a comprehensive win over Papatoetoe. Radhika Patel led the way with the bat, scoring 51 off 43 balls, hitting four of the five Llamas boundaries. It was Regina Lilii who did the most damage of the Papatoetoe bowlers, finishing with brilliant figures of 4-14 from her four overs.

Chasing 127, Lilii (32) was again going to be key. For Howick Pakuranga, however, all five bowlers combined perfectly to restrict Papatoetoe to 74/6; Marama Downes (3-10) starred, while Molly Penfold, Georgina Harris and Amberly Parr all picked up a wicket and conceded 16 or less from their four overs. 

Cornwall 82/7 (E Drumm 4-10) lost to Parnell 83/7 (O Lobb 41*) by three wickets. 

Cornwall suffered their first Pearl Dawson defeat after a tense match with Parnell. The Plums applied the pressure early on and never relented as Ella Drumm (4-10) and Shriya Naidu (2-16) made the breakthroughs. It wasn’t just the wicket-takers who had a say, however, with Madison Curran going for just seven runs from her four overs as Cornwall posted 82/7.

Parnell’s reply went similarly. The only difference for the Plums was that Olivia Lobb found a way to survive the bowlers’ onslaught. While Parnell inched closer to the target, Khusboo Patel (2-12) and Anika Todd (2-18) kept Cornwall in the match, but Lobb remained composed to finish on 41* and seal her side a three-wicket win. 

Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Four

Howick Pakuranga 108/4 (G Harris 42*) defeated Takapuna 99/9 (E Irwin 36, A Parr 3-25) by nine runs.

Howick Pakuranga improved their Pearl Dawson Trophy record to 3-1 with a tight win over the previously unbeaten Takapuna side. Georgina Harris (42*) backed up her fine showing in the earlier match by holding the Llamas’ inning together. The Ponies would have been pleased with their efforts in the field; three run-outs, helping restrict Howick Pakuranga to 108/4.

It was slow and steady to start for Takapuna. Emma Irwin (36) was the best of the visitor’s top-order, but the story of the day was the bowling effort by the Howick Pakuranga attack. Amberly Parr (3-25) and Rae Allright (2-18) starred this time around as Takapuna finished nine runs short at the end of their 20 overs.

Papatoetoe 133/7 (R Lilii 80*, L Battin 3-28) defeated Cornwall 109/8 by 24 runs.

Papatoetoe are off the mark in season 2020/21 with an excellent win over Cornwall. Regina Lilii hit the highest individual score of the day, finishing with an unbeaten 80 off 63 balls. The opener’s knock was Papatoetoe’s only one to pass double-figures, but it was more than enough to get Papatoetoe to a winning total of 133/7. For Cornwall, Lydia Battin struck thrice through the middle to put the pressure back on Lilii.

The chase started brightly before a string of wickets saw Cornwall slip to 40/4 at the end of the powerplay. Carol Agafili (2-20) and Caitlin Hakeagatoa (2-23) shared the limelight for Papatoetoe, while Tariel Lamb (26) tried to lead a Cornwall rebuild. The solid work up-front proved just the ticket to seal Papatoetoe’s first win of the season, by 24 runs.

Parnell 114/4 (Y Kareem 38, S Carr 33*) defeated Auckland University 67/8 by 47 runs. 

Parnell got back to a 2-2 record with a big win over Auckland University. There was plenty happening early on with Naomi and Mia Hay striking early on for University. Coming together at 14/2, Yaz Kareem (38) and Stephanie Carr (33*) then combined for a 75-run third-wicket stand. The patient partnership proved the backbone of Parnell’s winning total of 114/4, while Rebecca Ellison picked up 2-6 for University. 

University’s chase never truly got going. Parnell built pressure early on and University were unable to halt the slide when wickets started to fall. Madison Curran (2-11) and Shriya Naidu (2-10) were again accurate with the ball as University finished at 67/8 from their 20 overs. After four rounds, the win puts Parnell firmly in the playoff mix.