Howick Pakuranga are the 2020/21 T20 Champions after victory over East Coast Bays in front of an outstanding crowd at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
T20 Championship | Final
East Coast Bays 154/6 (R Harrison 54) lost to Howick Pakuranga 155/5 (D Grobbelaar 51, B Walsh 43) by five wickets.
Winning the toss and batting first, Bays made a confident start despite losing both Cole Briggs and Ryan Schierhout (28) in the powerplay. Schierhout’s knock included a four and 2 sixes to get the visitors moving in the early exchanges.
The knock of significance came from all-rounder Ryan Harrison (54), who held the remainder of the Bays innings together. While Seb Langridge and Campbell Knowles finished the innings off nicely, both sides would have been pleased with their efforts during the first innings.
For Howick Pakuranga, Taine Jolley finished with figures of 2-19 bowling some of the tough overs, while Donovan Grobbelaar put four steady overs beside his name.
Chasing 155, Daniel Young (26) wasted little time in taking on the Bays’ bowlers, hitting 3 fours and a six inside the first three overs. The match-winning partnership followed with Grobbelaar (51) joining Bill Walsh for 63 runs. The blitz included Grobbelaar powering five boundaries in a pressure-relieving eight ball period.
Bays stayed in the contest with the wicket of Grobbelaar before Walsh (41) hit a pair of sixes in a 17-run 15th over. Though Phil Mecredy struck twice with a handful of runs to get, Andrew Morrison (27*) and Adam Jones were on hand to hit the winning runs and secure Howick Pakuranga’s third T20 Championship.
Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Six
Takapuna 263/7 (B Beecroft 57, W O’Donnell 56, BJ Jacobs 52, G Harley 38, C Mahoney 33) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 249 (J Bassett-Graham 85, S Devereaux 43, D Watson 36, T Payle 35, R Quinn 4-49, S Collinson 3-51) by 14 runs.
A fine collective batting effort helped Takapuna past Suburbs New Lynn to stay in touch with the top-four. Bevon-John Jacobs (52) and Guy Harley (38) gave the visitors the perfect start by taking 62 runs from the first ten overs. While Suburbs fought back, patient knocks by Ben Beecroft (57) and Will O’Donnell (56) kept the Suburbs spinners at bay as Takapuna finished with 263/7.
Early wickets then put Suburbs in trouble at 35/2 before Jonny Bassett-Graham (85), Dane Watson (36) and Tristan Payle (35) made strides towards the target. Takapuna’s opening duo Ryan Quinn (4-49) and Sam Collinson (3-51) continued to make their way through the Suburbs order. At 209/9, Sam Cook joined Sam Devereaux (43) and the pair threatened to sneak their side over the line. It wasn’t to be as Daniel James struck in the 49th over to seal a 14-run victory.
Howick Pakuranga 246 (D Winn 66, D Young 58, D Grobbelaar 43, P Mecredy 3-44, B Smith 3-55) defeated East Coast Bays 243/8 (R Schierhout 50, C Knowles 47, R Harrison 44, T Jolley 3-35, D Grobbelaar 3-55) by three runs.
Howick Pakuranga won a close-run T20 Final curtain-raiser over East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. Batting first, Howick Pakuranga built patiently through the first half of the inning. Half-centuries to David Winn (66), Daniel Young (58) and Donovan Grobbelaar (43) set the platform, but Bays hit back through Blair Smith (3-44) and Phil Mecredy (3-55) to bowl the visitors out for 246 from the final ball of the 50 overs. For Bays, Seb Langridge took four catches and had a hand in run-out late on.
Ryan Schierhout (50) gave the Bays chase early impetus but like the Howick Pakuranga inning, the big score never came. Though Campbell Knowles (47) and Ryan Harrison (44) were both able to get in and build partnerships through the middle, Bays still required 32 runs from the final four overs. Taine Jolley (3-35) and Grobbelaar (3-55) had struck throughout and the pair shut the innings down to keep Howick Pakuranga in the playoff hunt with a narrow three-run win.
Auckland University 187 (C O’Brien 60, K Mackenzie 36) lost to North Shore 188/9 (G Beghin 39, M Olsen 36, R Hira 31) by one wicket.
North Shore claimed their fourth Jeff Crowe Cup win but only just, with a tense one-wicket win at Devonport Domain over Auckland University. The hosts were on top early courtesy of a fiery opening by Simon Keene (2-32) and Manaia Harris. At 54/5, University found some fight through Christy O’Brien (60) and Kieren Mackenzie (36). With the help of Joshua Stephan and Nick Stobart, University lifted themselves to a defendable total. Shore’s spinners accounted for half of the University order, while two run-outs ended the University effort at 187.
The first half of the Shore chase flew by without drama as Graeme Beghin (39), Michael Olsen (36) and Ronnie Hira (31) put the hosts into a strong position at 97/3 after 25 overs. The University spin quartet then took over. Jonathan Low, Ash Vodnala, Jeet Patel and Mackenzie all picked up two wickets as Shore slipped from 155/4 to 180/9. Shore’s final pair, Will Clarke and Harris, were unexpectedly tasked with scoring the final eight runs; on the penultimate ball, Harris drove three through the covers to claim an important victory.
Parnell 283 (B Rae 143, B Rodden 61, M Gibson 5-46) defeated Cornwall 166 (L Dasent 46*, L Wheeler 31, O Reynolds-Pringle 3-28) by 117 runs.
A dominant Ben Rae century helped Parnell stay atop the Jeff Crowe Cup table after a resounding victory over Cornwall. Batting first, Rae scored one of only two hundreds on the day, hitting 16 fours on his way to 143 off 131 balls. While Rae’s knock provided Parnell with stability at the top, Matthew Gibson (5-46) had the visitors on shaky ground at 9/2 and later at 68/3. Brad Rodden’s 61 then turned the match in Parnell’s favour, adding 157 for the fourth wicket.
Chasing 284, Cornwall were unable to build beyond top-order starts as Ganesh Ratnasabapathy nabbed both openers in the powerplay. When Henry King made further inroads, Parnell squeezed the Cornwall middle order. Lucas Dasent (46*) and Liam Wheeler (31) added respectability to the Cornwall score with patient knocks before Ollie Pringle returned to mop up the tail and all but secure a home semifinal for Parnell.
Richard Jones Cup | Round Six
Kumeu 246 (E Sayed 66, H Gujral 47, T Nethula 36*, B Norris 3-21, Z Thomas 3-50) lost to Hibiscus Coast 250/1 (C Elliot 101*, A Sail 88) by nine wickets.
Hibiscus Coast are off the mark in the Richard Jones Cup after an impressive victory over rivals Kumeu at Huapai Domain. Elyaas Sayed survived a tidy opening by the Coast bowlers, before combining with Tazz Satti for a third-wicket stand of 80 runs. The next partnership of significance came much later between Harkaran Gujral (47) and Tarun Nethula (36*). Despite Brad Norris and Zylen Thomas both finishing with three wickets apiece, Kumeu took 67 off the final ten overs to finish with 246 all out.
A dominant opening stand got a lighting start as Craig Elliot and Alister Sail took 25 from the first three overs. The Coast openers didn’t stop there with Sail adding 88 off 76 balls to the five catches the wicketkeeper claimed in the first innings. When the partnership ended at 168, Elliot continued on to a fine century walking off with an unbeaten 101 off 141 balls. Both sides now have one Richard Jones Cup win for 2020/21.
Eden Roskill 287 (S Sharma 85, A Bhardwaj 70, S Desai 37, O Chakraborty 33) defeated Ellerslie 133 (V Khanna 55, Y Zeb 3-51) by 154 runs.
Eden Roskill lifted themselves into second place after an excellent all-round performance against Ellerslie. Aman Bhardwaj backed up last week’s century with 70 at the top of the Roskill order, before Shaniel Sharma hit a run-a-ball 85 to put the hosts in prime position to blow past 300. Ellerslie had other ideas, however, fighting back at the death to take the final six wickets for just 18 runs.
Chasing 288, Ellerslie were hit hard early and often, sliding to 30/4 as Roskill’s pace attack put their side on top. Though Varun Khanna hit 55 off 52, his knock was the only positive for Ellerslie. For Roskill, Yahya Zeb finished with 3-51, while Jeet Kumar, Raja Sandhu and Muhammad Abbas all bagged two wickets as Ellerslie were bowled out for 133 in the 35th over. It was the Wolve’s fourth win on the bounce and one that keeps hopes of a home semifinal alive.
Papatoetoe 252 (B Rowland 93, P Lawande 37, L Clark 37, S Setia 36, E du Toit 3-18) lost to Waitakere 255/9 (B Barnard 88, T Treadaway 58, J Henderson 44, D Bhatti 4-50) by one wicket.
Waitakere did their semifinal hopes no harm with a dramatic one-wicket win over Papatoetoe. Barrington Rowland (93) drove Papatoetoe into a strong position, at 110/2, after the first 20 overs. The Papatoetoe opener hit 12 fours and 2 sixes falling seven short of back-to-back centuries. After Logan Clark (37) and Shane Setia (36) cameos, Enrico du Toit (3-18) sparked a collapse before Pratik Lawande’s run-a-ball 37 lifted Papatoetoe to 252 all out.
Brian Barnard again fought through early trouble, playing another tone-setting knock at the top of the Waitakere order. Barnard’s 88, along with a patient knock by Tony Treadaway (58), made the equation relatively simple for Waitakere, who needed 100 off the last 20 overs with eight wickets in hand. Papatoetoe kept themselves in the tie through Daman Bhatti (4-50) and Josh Plummer leaving Waitakere with six to get from the final over. Luke Istead struck twice in the final over before Todd Wannan, who had earlier retired hurt, returned to the crease to hit the final ball for four to clinch what might prove to be a decisive victory in the finals race.
Grafton 209 (D Taylor 62, J Pickering 34, N Fletcher 32, A Jayampathi 3-38) lost to Birkenhead 210/9 (A Christian 95, A Jayampathi 54, D Marsh 3-36) by one wicket.
Birkenhead moved to 5-1 in the third one-wicket win of the round, against Grafton. Birkenhead’s attack pegged back Grafton on several occasions cutting short a fifty by Dylan Taylor (62) and starts by James Pickering (34), Nathan Fletcher (32) and Kyle Ruffell (27). Anuradha Jayampathi (3-38) kicked off an excellent all-round performance and his three wickets helped Birkenhead bowl Grafton out for 209 in the 47th over.
At 7/3, Dexter Marsh and Jack Dymond had Birkenhead on the ropes. Akash Christian then turned the match on its head continuing his fine run of form. Birkenhead fell into further trouble at 78/5 before Jayampathi (54) joined Christian at the crease. Just when the pair took their side into the ascendency, Christian fell for 95 off 97 balls. Jayampathi fell to Marsh soon after and the match was again in the balance. Time was on the visitors’ side, however, and the final pair saw off the six runs required to seal a tense victory in the 49th over.