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Honda Financial Premiership | 13 March

Club Cricket

Honda Financial Premiership | 13 March

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Suburbs New Lynn and Eden Roskill held on to their respective Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby Trophy leads heading into the final round over the next two weeks. 

Premier Men

Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Six

Day One – abandoned as Auckland was in Level Three.

Takapuna 98 (A Ashok 5-19, S Devereaux 3-28) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 234/2 (M Barry 90*, G Hanham 69*, J Bassett-Graham 60) on first innings.

Suburbs New Lynn took another step towards reclaiming Hedley Howarth Trophy honours for 20/21 with a comprehensive first innings victory over Takapuna. Batting first, Takapuna were under immediate pressure when Carl Brungar and Sam Devereaux (3-28) reduced the visitors to 26/3 early on.

It didn’t get any easier for the Pirates with leg-spinner Adithya Ashok spinning his way through the middle-order. Ashok finished with excellent figures of 5-19, his fourth Hedley Howarth five-wicket haul of the season, as Takapuna were bowled out for 98.

Suburbs chase was clinical, with Michael Barry hitting an unbeaten 90 off 54 balls, while George Hanham (69*) and Jonny Bassett-Graham (60) helped the hosts through to 234/2 before the players shook hands for the day. 

Auckland University 72 (R Hira 3-5, S Keene 3-24) and 113/5 (C O’Brien 49*) lost to North Shore 133/6 dec. (G Beghin 40, R Mudford 35, K Mackenzie 3-8) on first innings.

North Shore made short work of Auckland University, giving themselves a chance of an unlikely outright at Colin Maiden Park.

In the end, first-inning points kept Shore in with a chance of surpassing leaders Suburbs in the final round. It was a collective effort from the Shore bowlers with Simon Keene (3-24) and Manaia Harris rocking the University top-order. Ronnie Hira (3-5) and Zac Watson backed up their openers to have University all out for 72 in 24 overs.

In reply, Graeme Beghin (40) and Riley Mudford (35) quickly sealed first-innings points before the middle-order pushed on for Shore to declare at 133/6. Keiren Mackenzie picked up three wickets before University showed more resolve with the bat the second time around, grinding their way through to safety at 113/5 with Christy O’Brien unbeaten on 49.

Grafton 221/8 dec. (D Taylor 70, J Dymond 46*, A Edwards 32, K Ruffell 31, J Fisher 4-67) lost to Parnell 340/4 (A Lane 143, F McGregor-Sumpter 110, F de Villiers 65*) on first innings.

Parnell put in a dominant performance at home against Grafton. Openers Alex Edwards and Kyle Ruffell gave Grafton a solid platform, losing their first wicket at 58/1. Josh Fisher (4-67) then charged her way through the middle order. 

Later, Grafton fought back through Dylan Taylor (70) and a racy 46* off 28 balls to lift the visitors to 221/8 before the enforced declaration. Parnell’s chase proved to be a routine one with a magnificent second-wicket stand leading the way. 

Andy Lane (143) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (110) both hit aggressive centuries in a partnership of 241 runs. After sealing first-inning points, Parnell kicked into overdrive in pursuit of maximum batting points with Fanie de Villiers hitting an unbeaten 65 off 22 balls. Parnell finished at 340/4 when the players walked from the field. 

Cornwall 179/9 dec. (S Crooks 56, S Birla 3-25, D Bhatti 3-61) lost to Papatoetoe 180/5 (L Yugaraja 41*, S Money 39) on first innings.

Papatoetoe put together a confident all-round performance against Cornwall to lift themselves into sixth place. Bowling first, Papatoetoe applied early pressure. With Cornwall’s top-four out before the end of 20 overs, Papatoetoe could continue to squeeze the host’s middle order.

Sam Crooks (56*) and Jamie Hayes (29) built away to lift their side to 179/9 before the compulsory declaration at 50 overs. By then, Sunit Birla and Daman Bhatti has both picked up three wickets apiece. 

The visitor’s reply may have finished a comfortable one, but Cornwall kept themselves in the contest reducing Papatoetoe to 118/5. Stephen Money (39) had held the inning together up until that point, but it was left to Arnie Yuguraja (41*) and Luke Istead (29*) to finish the job. The pair put on 62 off 40 balls taking Papatoetoe into a first-innings lead.

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Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Six

Day One – abandoned as Auckland was in Level Three.

Birkenhead 245 (A Christian 117, B Smith 6-90) defeated East Coast Bays 129 (T van Ingen-Kal 66*, A Christian 6-26) on first innings.

Akash Christian had a day of days with a fine all-round performance to almost single-handedly overcome East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. 

Birkenhead’s No. 5 led his side’s recovery from 48/4 to 245, hitting 117 off 112 balls. Christian’s knock included 7 fours and 6 sixes, while Simon Rajwer added 51 off 45 balls, coming in at No. 8. It didn’t all go Birkenhead’s way with Blair Smith putting in a shift and claiming 6-90 from 17 overs.

Bays knew they needed to track down the total if they were to keep their promotion hopes alive. It wasn’t to be with Christian again the star of the show. Angus Frew bagged the opening two wickets in an extended spell, while Tristan van Ingen-Kal (66*) carried his bat for the hosts, running out of partners as Bays were all out for 129 in the 39th over. Christian completed an outstanding all-round performance with 6-26 from ten overs. 

Eden Roskill 233/7 dec. (S Desai 78, J Kumar 70*, S Sharma 37) drew with Ellerslie 189/9 (S Venville 76, J Kumar 4-52). 

Eden Roskill missed a chance to mathematically seal the Tom Hellaby Trophy after Ellerslie fought valiantly late on for a draw. 

Batting first, Eden Roskill were pegged back early as Ellerslie’s Hari Kukreja striking twice in the second over. Swayam Desai (78) and Shaneil Sharma (37) then put the innings back on track. The innings that allowed an early declaration came from Jeet Kumar, who hit an unbeaten 70 off 81 balls to lift Roskill to 233/7.

In reply, there were several starts from the Ellerslie top-order. None of the top-six pushed on past 20 before Stephen Venville (76) played the innings of resolve. In doing so, Venville gave Ellerslie a chance of victory. Kumar then turned the tables once again with three late wickets only for Ellerslie’s last pair to survive the final ten balls of the day as the match ended in a draw.

Waitakere 206 (B Barnard 47, A Kudiyate 43, T Treadaway 40, R Botadra 5-52) lost to Howick Pakuranga 207/6 (J McGregor 61, D Winn 36, A Morrison 35) on first innings. 

Howick Pakuranga have given themselves a chance of pulling off a Tom Hellaby miracle heading into the final round after a tense first-innings victory over Waitakere. 

Batting first, Waitakere were given a solid platform by Brian Barnard (47), Anto Kudiyate (43) and Tony Treadaway (40). That was until Howick Pakuranga’s Rutvik Botadra settled into the attack with the seamer picking up two wickets at the top and three at the death to finish with 5-52 from his 11.3 overs.

Chasing Waitakere’s 206, the visitors found themselves in early trouble. When skipper Andrew Morrison (35) fell at 66/3, Howick Pakuranga couldn’t afford to take their foot off the pedal. Knowing victory was a must, Josh McGregor (61) and David Winn (36) played crucial knocks to edge the Alpacas closer to victory. Howick Pakuranga still needed 8 runs from the final over and a single off the final ball; Adam Jones held his nerve, facing all six balls to set up a showdown with Eden Roskill in Round 7.

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