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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 20 March

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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 20 March

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Premier Men

Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Seven

Auckland University 165 (A Prasad 50, J Patel 40, J Low 32, S Devereaux 5-46) play Suburbs New Lynn 54/3.

Suburbs New Lynn still have some batting to do if they are to take crucial important first-innings points over Auckland University. 

After winning the toss and asking the visitors to bat first, Suburbs made a fast start with Sam Devereaux the man to provide the early impetus. At 40/4 and then 84/6, University were made to graft for a total. Devereaux finished with 5-46 to help Suburbs tick the first box. 

Aakash Prasad (50), Jeet Patel (40) and Jonathan Low (32) lifted University through to 165 and it has proved enough to test Suburbs so far, with the hosts finishing Day One at 54/3. 

Takapuna 284 (M Jones 89, Q Sunde 82, T Aldous 36, L Dasent 5-75) play Cornwall 9/1.

Takapuna batted through most of Day One at home against Cornwall. 

It didn’t always look like the Pirates would make the most of winning the toss and batting first. Thomas Aldous was determined at the top of the order but it was the stubborn knocks by Quinn Sunde (82) and later Matt Jones (89), batting at 8, that dug Takapuna out of trouble and eventually to a total of 284. 

Lucas Dasent put in a marathon shift with the ball for Cornwall, bowling 34 overs and finishing with 5-75. The visitors will resume on Day Two on 9/1. 

Papatoetoe 259 (L Clark 95, L Istead 84, L Ferguson 3-40, J Parsons 3-40) play Parnell 240/5 (A Parikh 86*, A Lane 36, F McGregor-Sumpter 36)

There were plenty of runs at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground, with Parnell pushing their Hedley Howarth Trophy defence into the final day of the season.

Batting first, Papatoetoe were in deep trouble at 87/7. Lockie Ferguson and Jack Parsons both claimed figures of 3-40 and were responsible for a lot of the early carnage. The fight, however, wasn’t sucked out of Papatoetoe with Logan Clark (95) and Luke Istead (84) battling away. Papatoetoe’s best partnership came right at the end, with Istead adding 89 runs with No. 11 Avnit Prasad to boost their total to 259.

Aniket Parikh (86*) then lead a confident batting effort from Parnell with last week’s heroes Andy Lane and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter both adding 36. Parnell will resume at 240/5, 19 runs short of first-innings points.

Grafton 314/9 dec. (A Edwards 103, J Venkatrao 53*, N Bhana 51) play North Shore 15/3.

Grafton have done their survival hopes no harm putting in a near-perfect day against North Shore at Victoria Park.

The hosts piled on the runs on the back of Alex Edwards maiden Premier century. Edwards lost three partners in the opening session, but the opener was intent on keeping Grafton moving. Edwards (103) would find sound support in Nikheil Bhana (51), before Jimmy Venkatrao (53*) combined with the tail to take Grafton to 314/9 when the declaration came.

Jack Dymond (2-7) ensured Grafton’s gamble to declare 16 runs short of maximum bonus points paid off with North Shore in trouble at 15/3 at the close of play. 

Tom Hellaby Trophy | Finals Round

Eden Roskill 85 (H Singh 5-30, R Naude 4-23) and 90/5 (S Mujtaba 40*, H Singh 4-52) lead Howick Pakuranga 116/8 dec. (B Walsh 32, Y Zeb 3-5, J Kumar 3-48)

It was an action-packed day at Keith Hay Park with Howick Pakuranga putting themselves in a position to claim outright on the final day. 

Leg-spinner Harmeet Singh starred with the ball first taking 5-30 as Eden Roskill were skittled for 85. Singh wasn’t alone with fellow spinner Rowan Naude picking up 4-23. Howick Pakuranga then had a chance to pile on the pain and the points. Though Bill Walsh (32) and David Winn (27) helped the visitors claim first-innings points, Eden Roskill hit back through Yahya Zeb (3-5) and Jeet Kumar (3-48).

Howick Pakuranga declared at 116/8 and again made in-roads with Singh picking up another four wickets. Roskill will continue on Day Two at 90/5 with skipper Syed Mujtaba (40*) hopeful of adding to the host’s lead of 59 runs. 

East Coast Bays 481/7 (S Langridge 173, M Ross 124*, R Harrison 110, D Patel 3-84) play Ellerslie

East Coast Bays had fun in the sun at Windsor Park against Ellerslie, batting through the day and piling on the runs. 

Ellerslie’s day would have promised so much when the visitors reduced Bays to 26/2 in the 7th over. That was to be the only real joy for the rest of the day with Seb Langridge (173), Ryan Harrison (110) and Michael (124*) all hitting centuries for Bays. 

The main partnership came between Langridge and Harrison, who added 279 for the third wicket. With the Ellerslie bowlers at Bays’ mercy, Ross made the most of the platform that had been set, piling on an unbeaten 124 off 72 balls. While Ellerslie’s Dipesh Patel picked up three wickets late on, Bays finished Day One with a mammoth 481/7 on the board.

Waitakere 168 (B Nash 57*, B Barnard 41, M Masand 5-61, A Frew 4-46) play Birkenhead 147/1 (T Gemlawala 53*, J O’Brien 45*, J Houghton 37) 

Birkenhead are in the box-seat at Te Atatu Park after a dominant day against Waitakere.

Mayur Masand and Angus Frew (4-46) were excellent for Birkenhead as the pair dismantled the Waitakere top order. Masand continued his breakout season, knocking off the top before returning to finish with figures of 5-61 as Waitakere were all out for 168. Waitakere skipper Brad Nash (57*) fought valiantly but eventually ran out of partners, while Brian Barnard’s 41 was the only other score of note.

In reply, Birkenhead have all but secured first-innings points after Tejas Gemlawala (53*), James O’Brien (45*) and Jeremy Houghton (37) confidently batted through the final session. The visitors will resume 21 runs behind on 147/1. 

Premier Women

Prichard Cup | Round Ten

Auckland University 123 (K Gurrey 30, M Curran 3-13, S Naidu 3-21) lost to Parnell 124/9 (5-9) by one wicket.

Parnell won a final-over thriller against Auckland University at Thomas Bloodworth Park.

Batting first, University were in great shape when openers Katie Gurrey (30) and Naomi Matthews put on 59 for the first wicket. Parnell’s Makaylah Mason-Jones and Yaz Kareem then sparked a collapse, before Madison Curran (3-13) and Shriya Naidu (3-21) decimated the lower order.

Chasing 124, Parnell couldn’t put together the defining partnership at the top. Off-spinner Nensi Patel well and truly kept the clamps on the Parnell order, picking up remarkable figures of 5-9 from her ten overs. At 81/8, University were on top, but a 32-run ninth-wicket partnership between Gemma Lord (21) and Curran dragged the hosts to within 11 runs of victory. Renee MacMillan joined Curran to eventually finish the job with a ball to spare. 

Papatoetoe 170/9 (M Hyde 61, C Agafili 38, S Unka 3-46) lost to Cornwall 171/1 (S Carnachan 73, A Ewart 70*) by nine wickets.

Cornwall put in an all-round performance against Papatoetoe ahead of next Saturday’s final. 

Papatoetoe made 170, built largely on the back of a fourth-wicket partnership between Meddy Hyde (61) and Carol Agafili (38). While the pair put on 79 in eight overs, their blitz was the only shining stand for the visitors. Hyde hit 8 fours and 3 sixes, while Agafili’s knock included 6 fours and a six. Shivani Unka (3-46) took important wickets to help pull the game back in Cornwall’s favour.

Cornwall made short work of the chase with openers Sarah Carnachan and Annie Ewart combining for 140 runs from the first 14.3 overs. Carnachan hit 12 fours and a six during her 48-ball 73, while Ewart finished unbeaten on 70 off 56 balls. 

Takapuna 159 (E Irwin 57, L Ross 4-28) lost to Howick Pakuranga 161/3 (K Anderson 80*, S Bowden 33*) by seven wickets.

Howick Pakuranga ended Takapuna’s epic Prichard Cup winning-run with a fine effort at Lloyd Elsmore Park. 

The Irwin sisters, Emma (57) and Kate (25) fought through the opening 25 overs before Howick Pakuranga found some fight of their own. Lauren Ross sparked the Llamas’ into action with the wickets of the set pair before Skye Bowden reentered the attack. Ross finished with 4-28 as Takapuna collapsed from 91/1 to 159 all out.

Takapuna’s attack then did what they do best, putting pressure on the Howick Pakuranga top-order. At 49/3, the hosts needed someone to stand up. Kate Anderson did just that, hitting an unbeaten 80 off 51 balls to guide Howick Pakuranga to victory. Anderson didn’t do it alone, with Bowden adding 33* off 30 balls to her two wickets as the Llamas completed a seven-wicket victory over the two-time defending champions. 

Takapuna will host Cornwall in this year’s Prichard Cup final at Hobsonville Domain this Saturday from 11 AM.