Jeff Crowe Cup
Parnell vs. Ellerslie – Shore Road
Parnell’s opening duo ran riot through the first 10 overs as Ellerslie crumbled to 28/5. Ollie Pringle (4-21) and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy (3-28) were the Peaches to do the damage before Anubhav Thapa went to work through the middle overs. Thapa hit 7 fours and a six, but his 42 was a lone hand as the visitors were bowled out for 122 in the 38th over.
Ellerslie would need something special if they were to put pressure on Parnell, but a pair of contrasting knocks by Ben Rae and Andy Lane ensured that wouldn’t happen. Opener Rae (48*) took his time, while Lane (49*) hit 2 fours and 5 sixes after Ellerslie’s Dipesh Patel claimed a brace of wickets. In the end, it was an early finish for Parnell, home with 27.4 overs and eight wickets to spare.
Ellerslie 122 (A Thapa 42, O Pringle 4-21, G Ratnasabapathy 3-28) lost to Parnell 124/2 (A Lane 49*, B Rae 48*) by eight wickets.
Grafton vs. North Shore – Victoria Park
A series of contributions gave Grafton something to sink their teeth into and defend. North Shore were on the money early on, reducing Grafton to 54/4 after 17 overs. Through Kyle Ruffell (57) and Hamish Robertson (42), who put on 73 for the fifth wicket, the Lions revived the innings. Though Tendai Chitongo, Angus Nicoll and Michael Olsen all took two wickets, late cameos by Parth Patel (37) and Sam Cameron (23*) lifted Grafton to 200/9.
North Shore openers Mitch Bremner and Joseph Moore put the visitors in the box seat, racing out of the blocks before Nikheil Bhana broke the opening stand at 89 in the 15th over. From there, it was all Grafton. Jack Dymond took three wickets in 11 balls allowing spinners Carl de Beer and skipper Robertson to tie up North Shore’s middle order. Dymond (5-32) returned late to complete his second five-wicket bag of the Jeff Crowe Cup campaign and book Grafton a spot in the knockout stages.
Grafton 200/9 (K Ruffell 57, H Robertson 42, P Patel 37) defeated North Shore 152 (M Bremner 58, J Dymond 5-32) by 48 runs.
Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe – Onewa Domain
A match-turning Hendrik van Vuuren and Dan James partnership lifted Takapuna from 128/7 to a winning total after Papatoetoe suppressed the hosts’ top order. Earlier, Mike Sclanders (38) and Guy Harley looked to have steadied the Pirates’ ship, but Papatoetoe fought to make the most of their strong start. While wickets were shared around for the visitors, they came regularly before van Vuuren (94*) and Dan James (38) put together 91 for the eighth wicket. van Vuuren then dominated the final five overs finishing with 3 fours and 5 sixes.
Chasing 268, Papatoetoe’s top order also struggled. Josh Plummer (37) scored quickly before Harshal Vyas (38), Dilpreet Singh (31), Arminder Sohal (38) all showed glimpses of taking the Takapuna bowler’s on. Skipper Will O’Donnell had other ideas, however, ending several developing knocks. Ish Sohi’s aggressive 52 gave Papatoetoe hope late on, but O’Donnell pried the right-hander out with 37 runs still to get. O’Donnell finished with figures of 5-44, while Sclanders (2-29) and Ryan Quinn helped maintain pressure through the middle overs.
Takapuna 267/8 (H van Vuuren 94*, M Sclanders 38, D James 38) defeated Papatoetoe 241 (I Sohi 52, A Sohal 38, H Vyas 38, J Plummer 37, D Singh 31, W O’Donnell 5-44) by 26 runs.
East Coast Bays vs. Cornwall – Windsor Park
Cornwall were made to fight by East Coast Bays to confirm their place in the knockout stage of the Jeff Crowe Cup. Bays were patient with the ball on a tricky wicket and a pair of run-outs helped reduce Cornwall to 90/5 after 33 overs. With 17 overs left, Scott Marra (40) and Ben Megson (36) put on 73 for the sixth wicket, as a score of 200 came into focus. Ryan Harrison (3-39) bowled crucial overs during the second half of Cornwall’s inning, while Lucas Dasent’s (23*) helped see the visitors through to 197/8.
Though Bays made a comfortable start, the significant knock never came. Harrison added 42 runs to an impressive outing, but Bays were thwarted by a lack of partnerships. Abidine Sakande (3-23) got Cornwall started with the key wicket of Ryan Schierhout before Matthew Gibson (2-24) and Scott Marra (3-23) helped run through the top order. In the end, Michael Ross fought valiantly for an unbeaten 38, but he ran out of partners with eight overs to go.
Cornwall 197/8 (S Marra 40, B Megson 36, R Harrison 3-39) defeated East Coast Bays 161 (R Harrison 42, M Ross 38*, A Sakande 3-23, S Marra 3-33) by 36 runs.
Waitakere vs. Howick Pakuranga – Te Atatu Park
Waitakere’s Travis Ngatai (52) and Raj Kumar (42) took the game to Howick Pakuranga, but the visitors fought back after the pair’s explosive second-wicket stand of 78. Adam Jones delivered thrice in quick succession as 87/1 became 114/4 in the space of eight overs. Taine Jolley’s two middle-order wickets continued Waitakere’s slide before Paul Whynn (34*) and Blayze Williams added 45 for the ninth wicket.
Howick Pakuranga’s chase of 189 didn’t go all the visitors’ way with the match evenly poised at 78/3. Bill Walsh held the innings together and, with David Winn, eased the tension. The pair put on 70 in good time as Walsh (80*) went past fifty. When Winn was caught and bowled with 51 to get, Donovan Grobbelaar took over, hitting 21 off 9 balls to help Walsh take the Alpacas to a third Jeff Crowe Cup victory.
Waitakere 188 (T Ngatai 51, R Kumar 42, P Whynn 34*, A Jones 3-37) lost to Howick Pakuranga 190/4 (B Walsh 80*, D Winn 33) by six wickets.
Eden Roskill vs. Auckland University – Keith Hay Park
An impressive Jonathan Low hundred kept Auckland University alive in the Jeff Crowe Cup after Bhavik Vora struck twice to reduce visitors to 92/4. It wasn’t a lone hand by Low, however, who combined with Graham Clark (74) for a 55-run fifth-wicket partnership. Low went to another level after Harjot Johal claimed the wicket of Clark in the 28th over, doing the bulk of the scoring from that point on. Low finished not only with 15 fours but also a pair of sixes on his way to 119 not out from 87 balls.
In pursuit of 299, Eden Roskill needed their in-form top order to fire once more. A series of starts helped and hindered the hosts as Jeet Patel’s three wickets forced new players to rebuild. Raja Sandhu’s 28-ball 60, including 4 fours and 5 sixes, gave Eden Roskill a lifeline. Despite a fighting ten-wicket stand, University clinically claimed an important 50-run win.
Auckland University 298/8 (J Low 119, G Clark 74, B Vora 3-63) defeated Eden Roskill 248 (R Sandhu 60, S Desai 38, J Patel 4-30) by 50 runs.
Birkenhead vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Birkenhead War Memorial
Suburbs New Lynn kept in touch with Cornwall and Grafton in Pool A of the Jeff Crowe Cup with a commanding victory over Birkenhead. Though Mayur Masand (76) and Arjuna Jayasinghe (69) continued their fine starts to 2020, Suburbs New Lynn were able to keep their Birkenhead teammates in check. The visitors struck early and often as Michael Barry employed seven different bowlers to keep Birkenhead to 232.
Openers Raj Majithia and Jeet Raval wasted little time in putting any Suburbs nerves at ease. Both players went past fifty before Manuel Siedel dismissed them both but not before Majithia fell four short of three figures and Raval had compiled 78. Though skipper Barry fell with a handful of runs to get, the hard work had been done. In the 32nd over, Tristan Payle and Mitchell Murray took the visitors to a fifth Jeff Crowe win of the summer.
Birkenhead 232 (M Masand 76, A Jayasinghe 69, O Labrooy 30) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 235/3 (R Majithia 96, J Raval 78) by seven wickets.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
Cornwall vs. Takapuna – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Annie Ewart and Gemma Adams gave Cornwall a fine platform to build on, putting together 55 for the first wicket before three run-outs turned the match in Takapuna’s favour. Lauren Heaps finished with a pair of wickets at the death as Cornwall finished on 108/7.
In reply, Izzy Gaze (47*) and Anlo van Deventer (45*) shook off the early loss of Olivia Anderson to put on a significant partnership of their own. The pair put on an unbeaten 87 for the second-wicket to confirm a fourth Ponies’ Pearl Dawson victory.
Cornwall 108/7 lost to Takapuna 109/1 (I Gaze 47*, A van Deventer 45*) by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Auckland University – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Rae Allright and Marama Downes reduced Auckland University to 7/4 after the first two overs and there was no way back for the visitors. Allright (4-6) picked up three wickets in her first over before Kate Anderson (3-8) marked her first T20 for the club in style. University made it to the final over, eventually bowled out for 64 with a ball to spare.
Phoebe Taylor struck twice in the powerplay to give University hope. Despite the hosts losing four wickets, Kennedy Catton’s unbeaten 25 proved enough to take an important win over leaders University.
Auckland University 64 (R Allright 4-6, K Anderson 3-8) lost to Howick Pakuranga 65/4 by six wickets.
Papatoetoe vs. Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Parnell extended their winning run in the Pearl Dawson Trophy to four matches after a series of starts by Olivia Lobb, Shriya Naidu, Yaz Kareem and Stephanie Carr gave the Plums a score to defend. For Papatoetoe, Cordelia Gallagher’s pair of late wickets helped keep Parnell to 105/8.
Papatoetoe’s reply never got off the ground with Samantha Brake-Howard (3-5) and Gemma Lord (2-7) leading the way with the ball. All six bowlers used by skipper Carr took at least one wicket as Papatoetoe were bowled out for 66.
Parnell 105/8 defeated Papatoetoe 66 (S Brake-Howard 3-5) by 39 runs.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Again it was Gemma Adams and Annie Ewart (35) at the forefront of Cornwall’s batting effort – the highest score of the day. This time, however, the pair kicked on, putting 108 on for the first wicket. Adams batted through all but three balls of the 20 overs, scoring 80 from 62 balls as Cornwall ended on 154/4.
Howick Pakuranga’s pursuit started brightly with positive knocks by Radhika Patel (26) and Kate Anderson (24). The scoreboard pressure, however, was present throughout and Emma Fulbrook was able to make it tell, finishing with excellent figures of 3-26. The Llamas ended 31 runs short as both sides took a win and a loss from the day.
Cornwall 154/4 (G Adams 80, A Ewart 35) defeated Howick Pakuranga 123/6 (E Fulbrook 3/26) by 31 runs.
Parnell vs. Auckland University – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Bowling first, Auckland University’s bowlers kept the Parnell order in check to help set up an important victory. Yaz Kareem (49) and Shriya Naidu (26) both spent considerable time at the crease as Parnell posted 111/4.
Youngsters Prue Catton (62*) and Sam Petherick (38*) overcame the early loss of Emily Handyside to put on an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 98 and maintain University’s place at the top of the table. With the top qualifying side straight through to this summer’s final, it was crucial for University to bounce back.
Parnell 111/4 (Y Kareem 49) lost to Auckland University 112/1 (P Catton 62*, S Petherick 38*) by nine wickets.
Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe – Lloyd Elsmore Park
In the lowest-scoring match of the day, Jane Barnett came up with something special to help Takapuna to a perfect day. Earlier, Takapuna struggled through to 88/6 after Taofi Lafai struck twice early on. Izzy Gaze (21) and Lauren Heaps (20) were the top-scorers for Takapuna as Papatoetoe’s bowlers fronted up.
It was all Heaps (3-8) during the powerplay. The left-arm spinner struck three crucial blows before Barnett ran away with the match. Barnett finished with the extraordinary figures of 5-0 from 1.5 overs, while Olivia Anderson picked up 2-0 from her solitary over. In the end, it was a comfortable victory for Takapuna and one that keeps the Ponies in the hunt for a home final.
Takapuna 88/6 defeated Papatoetoe 22 (J Barnett 5/0, L Heaps 3/8) by 66 runs.