The final weekend of February sees the continuation of the Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby Trophies, the resumption of the Prichard Cup and knockout cricket in the Pearl Dawson Trophy and Richard Jones Cup.
Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Five
There are four evenly poised matches heading into Day Two of Round Five. Papatoetoe (321/8) and Auckland University (269) will look to make the most of their Day One fightbacks against Grafton and Cornwall respectively.
There were fewer runs at Devonport Domain with North Shore all out for 207 and Takapuna resuming Day Two at 84/3.
Most sides will have half an eye on the clash between defending champions Parnell (335) and leaders Suburbs New Lynn (25/2). First-innings points to Parnell would see a condensing of the table with two rounds to play.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Five
It is in Eden Roskill’s hands to force home their advantage after dominating Day One against Waitakere at Te Atatu Park. The hosts will resume at 38/1 in pursuit of Roskill’s 364/7.
Birkenhead (219/8) declared late on Day One before Ellerslie’s openers negotiated the ten overs before stumps. Will the hosts’ early declaration gamble pay off?
The match between East Coast Bays and Howick Pakuranga has a lot riding on it. The winner keeps their slim promotion hopes alive. Howick Pakuranga (47/1) have nine wickets in hand as they look to track down Bays’ 196.
Richard Jones Cup | Second Semifinal
Papatoetoe and Birkenhead meet in the second Richard Jones Cup semifinal.
Both sides have outstanding performers in the competition, thus far, with Papatoetoe’s Barrington Rowland leading the runscorers list with 453 runs from seven matches, while Birkenhead’s Mayur Masand has taken 24 wickets to lead all wicket-takers.
Entering the semifinal with identical records (5-2), Birkenhead will take confidence from a 45-run win when the sides met in Round Four. Eden Roskill await the winner in next Sunday’s final.
Prichard Cup | Round Eight
After two and a half months of T20 cricket, the 50-over competition resumes this Saturday.
Takapuna (6-0-1), unbeaten in the Prichard Cup for the last two years, head out to Colin Maiden Park to take on Auckland University. Victory for the Ponies would book another Final.
Cornwall (5-1-1) are also on the brink of confirming their place in the final, and get a chance to do just that at home against Parnell, who need a win to keep their slim hopes alive.
Howick Pakuranga can also sneak into the Final. The Llama’s run home starts with a trip to take on the winless Papatoetoe.