Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Five
North Shore 207 (R Mudford 94, J McKenzie 55) lead Takapuna 84/3 (G Harley 49*)
It’s evenly poised at Devonport Domain. Batting first, North Shore were in early trouble; Riley Mudford and Jock McKenzie then played contrasting knocks to lift the hosts to 207. Mudford’s 94 came at a blistering pace, hitting 12 fours and 5 sixes, while McKenzie (55) rallied with the tail. For Takapuna, the wickets were shared across six bowlers with Danru Ferns, Daniel James and Matt Jones all taking two apiece.
Takapuna ran into similar trouble, losing both openers cheaply before Guy Harley (49*) and Quinn Sunde knuckled down through to stumps. The Pirates will resume at 84/3 next Saturday.
Papatoetoe 321/8 (B Rowland 173*, S Singh 74, D Gunawardene 3-72) lead Grafton
It was another day dominated by Barrington Rowland as Papatoetoe fought back from a disastrous first half of the day. At 126/6, Grafton had accounted for much of the power at the top of the Papatoetoe order. Sineth Gunawardene’s three wickets had the hosts on top, only for Rowland to find excellent support in Sukhjap Singh. The pair put on 161 for the 7th wicket, with Singh eventually stumped for 74*.
Rowland continued on to 173* off 250 deliveries, batting through the 93 overs on Day One. The opener’s knock again showed his stamina and hunger for runs, hitting 17 boundaries. Papatoetoe finished Day One with 321/8 on the board.
Auckland University 269 (J Patel 95, P Fletcher 59, A Prasad 41, J Hayes 4-65, L Dasent 3-46) lead Cornwall 4/0
Auckland University showed their fighting qualities at home against Cornwall. Outside of Aakash Prasad’s 41, the top order struggled to come to terms with the visiting attack. At 75/6, and later 152/8, Cornwall were well and truly on top, only to be frustrated by a 116-run ninth-wicket stand between Jeet Patel and Pierce Fletcher (59). The University pair batted through most of the final session, with Patel falling five short of a century.
Cornwall’s openers negotiated the one over left in the day and will have a whole day of batting ahead to track down University’s 269.
Parnell 335 (A Parikh 83, F de Villiers 75, J Fisher 40, D van Deventer 31, A Ashok 5-64) lead Suburbs New Lynn 25/2
Parnell are half-way to throwing the Hedley Howarth Trophy wide open, piling on 335 on Day One against Suburbs New Lynn. The Peaches top order were in no mood to let the Suburbs’ bowlers settle in, going hard throughout. The exception, leg-spinner Adithya Ashok, who picked up 5-64 from 28 overs. A pair of fifties to Aniket Parikh (83) and Fanie de Villiers (75) as well as contributions through the middle order helped Parnell to maximum batting points and enough time to bowl a few overs at the Suburbs’ top order.
In the 11 overs before stumps, Parnell prised a pair of wickets and Suburbs will pick up Day Two proceedings at 25/2.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Six
Eden Roskill 364/7 dec. (O Chakraborty 72, S Desai 64, R Sandhu 58, A Bhardwaj 52, J Kumar 50*, S Sharma 44) lead Waitakere 38/1
Eden Roskill made all the right moves on Day One against Waitakere at Te Atatu Park. Batting first, the visitors piled on 364/7 in quick time to again put themselves in the driver’s seat. Fifties by Oyishik Chakraborty (72), Swayam Desai (64), Raja Sandhu (58), Aman Bhardwaj (52) and Jeet Kumar (50*) meant the hosts were developing partnerships throughout and Waitakere were unable to get on a roll.
In reply, Waitakere lost a wicket early but then showed some grit with the knowledge of their wicket being one of the flattest around ahead of a big day of batting on Day Two.
East Coast Bays 196 (S Langridge 79, T van Ingen-Kal 45, H Singh 3-51) lead Howick Pakuranga 47/1
It was a tense day at Lloyd Elsmore Park, where the T20 Finalists met for the third time in the last month. One down at lunch, East Coast Bays made a solid start with Seb Langridge (79) and Tristan van Ingen-Kal (45) taking the visitors out past 100. Howick Pakuranga then hit back during the second session with the wickets shared around between five bowlers. Harmeet Singh finished with 3-51 as Bays collapsed to be all out for 196.
The hosts started confidently, but the wicket of Bill Walsh will give Bays a lift heading into Day Two. Howick Pakuranga will continue their chase at 47/1 with the Winn brothers at the crease.
Birkenhead 219/8 dec. (T Gemlawala 98, M Masand 47, P Fernando 3-20) lead Ellerslie 24/0
Birkenhead grafted for a score against Ellerslie at Birkenhead War Memorial. It was a back and forth day, however, as Ellerslie had two wickets inside the first seven overs. Tejas Gemlawala and Mayur Masand (47) fought through several bowling changes but Masand’s dismissal sparked a collapse. Gemlawala continued on valiantly, but his marathon 236-ball effort ended at 98. Birkenhead decided to declare at that point, with 219/8 on the board. Ellerslie’s Pramesh Fernando proved difficult to get away, returning tidy figures of 3-20 from his 20 overs.
Ellerslie will be the happier of the two sides, having been given an opportunity to finish Day One at 24/0.
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Nine
Papatoetoe 36 (A Hucker 4-12) lost to Cornwall 37/2 by eight wickets.
Cornwall made short work of Papatoetoe to all but book their T20 Finals Day ticket. The damage was done with the new ball as Amie Hucker (4-12) and Breearne Illing (2-4) starred for Cornwall. Chasing 37, Cornwall needed only 8.2 overs to seal an eight-wicket victory.
Auckland University 88/4 (A Eastwood 42*) lost to Parnell 92/1 (Y Kareem 41*, M Mason-Jones 32) by nine wickets.
Parnell were convincing winners over Auckland University to keep their Finals Day hopes alive. Alex Eastwood (42*) was the mainstay at the top of the University order, who posted 88/4 from their 20 overs. Tight spells by Madison Curran and Renee MacMillan set the tone for Parnell’s bowling effort and in reply, Yaz Kareem (41*) and Makaylah Mason-Jones (32*) put on 86 for the second wicket to take Parnell to victory in 13 overs.
Takapuna 121/6 (K Irwin 42, A Parr 3-28) lost to Howick Pakuranga 122/9 (A Parr 64*, A Browning 3-12) by one wicket.
Amberly Parr starred with bat and ball as Howick Pakuranga won an absolute thriller against Takapuna to go top of the table heading into the final round. Parr took 3-28 to help restrict Takapuna’s dangerous top order as Kate Irwin scored 42 off 43 balls. Chasing Takapuna’s 121/6, Parr (64*) played a lone hand, running out of partners at an alarming rate. Anna Browning (3-12) put the Ponies on top early, before Clare Mains (2-11) and Mya Kingi (2-27) hit back late. Still needing 19 runs to win when No.11 Emma Brown came to the crease, Parr hit 3 fours in the 19th over to seal a memorable one-wicket win.
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Ten
Auckland University 130/6 (P Catton 42, L Ross 3-27) defeated Howick Pakuranga 128/8 (M Downes 30, N Matthews 3-21) by two runs.
Auckland University signed off their T20 campaign with a narrow victory over Howick Pakuranga. Prue Catton (42) gave the University inning the impetus, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes, while Lauren Ross (3-27) and Marama Downes (2-21) were the best of the Llamas’ bowlers. Chasing 131, Howick Pakuranga were tracking nicely, but a string of wickets in the middle of the inning heaped the pressure on the tail. Robyn Groome (22*) led the rearguard rally, but Alex Eastwood and Naomi Matthews (3-21) closed out the innings conceding just ten from the final two overs.
Papatoetoe 70 (R MacMillan 3-10, Y Kareem 3-12) lost to Parnell 71/2 (Y Kareem 32*) by eight wickets.
Parnell made it a two-from-two finish to the Pearl Dawson Trophy, but it wasn’t enough to sneak into third place. Renee MacMillan (3-10) and Yaz Kareem (3-12) ensured Parnell wouldn’t have a big chase on their hands, bowling Papatoetoe out for 70. Kareem (32*) then anchored the chase, with Parnell’s eight-wicket victory coming in the tenth over.
Cornwall 99/5 (E Thurman 37) lost to Takapuna 100/7 (I Gaze 31) by three wickets.
Takapuna booked direct entry into Sunday’s T20 Final with a three-wicket win over Cornwall, but only just, after a dramatic collapse late on. The Ponies again fronted with the ball with Anna Browning (2-12) and Mya Kingi (2-18) keeping Cornwall in check. Emily Thurman’s 37 off 35 balls, the brightest spot as Cornwall finished with 99/5. It all looked rather routine for Takapuna until losing 4-5 towards the end. The incoming Ponies couldn’t relieve the pressure and it took until the penultimate ball to seal the victory.
On Sunday 28 February, Finals Day sees Howick Pakuranga meet Cornwall in the Preliminary Final, with the winner taking on Takapuna on the Grand Final.