Wet weather threatens to end this week’s sunny spell when the Honda Premiership continues on Saturday.
The Prichard Cup heads into Round Two after a bumper start for the Premier Women last week. A pair of young sides in Parnell and Auckland University will meet at Thomas Bloodworth Park. Cornwall hit the road hoping to maintain their perfect start with a trip to Howick Pakuranga. Out west, week one victors Takapuna host a plucky Papatoetoe side.
Batsmen will be lining up to bat long in the two-day competitions after big Day One scores were put on the board.
The Hedley Howarth Trophy has four sides chasing over 285, while East Coast Bays are on the verge of taking a significant lead in the Tom Hellaby Trophy, as the race for first-innings points heats up.
Cornwall have a task ahead of them to overhaul Parnell’s 367/9. The hosts have the players to do it, but Parnell’s varied attack will be up for a day of toil.
Suburbs New Lynn are another side with runs on the board. Takapuna will resume at 47/2 hoping they can match the efforts of Michael Barry and Mitchell Murray last week and challenge the visitors total of 345.
Howick Pakuranga, resuming at 51/0, will look to build on their fast start at the end of Day One. Early wickets are the key for Auckland University if the hosts are to defend 287 on a true wicket at Colin Maiden Park.
At Devonport Domain, North Shore have the upper hand having put on 292 and finishing Day One halfway through the Papatoetoe order. Papatoetoe’s tail has already rallied once this season to help win a match and the visitors will be hoping for a sequel.
There were also big scores in the Tom Hellaby Trophy, where Ellerslie posted 384/5 against Waitakere. Waitakere will know how flat their home wicket can be, but it will take an exhibition in discipline to scale the season’s highest score so far.
Eden Roskill will want to storm Victoria Park with some early wickets as Grafton resume on 119/3 in pursuit of 293. The morning session will go a long way to determining who takes away crucial first-innings points.
East Coast Bays made a perfect start to the two-day ambitions, taking a huge advantage over Birkenhead into Day Two. The visitors piled on 355/9 courtesy of Ryan Schierhout’s hundred before lunch and trio of late order contributions before snaffling seven Birkenhead wickets before the close of play.
Day One Report