It’s crunch time in the Jeff Crowe and Richard Jones Cups with the table starting to take shape heading into the semifinals. There are still three rounds to go, however, with Cornwall atop the Jeff Crowe Cup table and Birkenhead still unbeaten in the Richard Jones Cup.
Meanwhile, it’s doubleheader No. 3 in the Pearl Dawson Trophy, with Shore Road, Thomas Bloodworth Park and Orakei Domain playing host to the Premier Women’s T20 Championship.
Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Five
It’s all on in the Jeff Crowe Cup this week. Suburbs New Lynn host North Shore in what is sure to be a hotly contested affair. There is also recent history between Howick Pakuranga and Parnell, who meet at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
A 4-0 Cornwall outfit welcome a Takapuna side that registered their first Jeff Crowe Cup win of 2020/21 in Round Four, while Auckland University and East Coast Bays both get an opportunity to distance themselves from the relegation battle at Colin Maiden Park.
Richard Jones Cup | Round Five
This summer’s surprise package, Birkenhead (4-0), host Waitakere and victory would all but see them through to the semifinals. Grafton, hot on Birkenhead’s heels in second place, seek to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Eden Roskill when Hibiscus Coast cross the bridge.
Papatoetoe were another side who lost their unbeaten tag in Round Four; the southerners make the trip to Ellerslie, who will be hoping to join their opponents with three wins after Saturday’s match.
Elsewhere, Eden Roskill continue their push for knockout cricket taking on Kumeu, who picked up their first Richard Jones Cup win last week.
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Rounds Five and Six
The competition heated up last week with both Howick Pakuranga and Parnell picking up two wins apiece and Takapuna suffering their first loss of the summer.
This week sees Papatoetoe and Parnell meet on Saturday morning, while Takapuna and Cornwall look to bounce back. In the final match of Round Five, Auckland University take on Howick Pakuranga.
The afternoon’s matches see Auckland University up against Papatoetoe, Parnell challenging Takapuna, while Cornwall face-off with Howick Pakuranga.