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Honda Financial Premiership Report | January 8

Club Cricket

Honda Financial Premiership Report | January 8

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Premier Men
T20 Championship

Round 5

Kumeu vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Huapai Domain

Suburbs New Lynn flexed their muscles to remain unbeaten and all but book themselves a semi-final place in the T20 Championship. After ACES duo Ben Lister and Sean Solia removed linchpins Pankaj Kumar and Mohamed Shifaz, Kumeu were unable to mount a challenging total. Finn Allen (3-20) then starred through the middle overs before blasting 69 off 27, as Suburbs won with 11.3 overs to spare.

Kumeu 106 (F Allen 3-20) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 107/3 (F Allen 69) by seven wickets.

Ellerslie vs. Papatoetoe – Michaels Avenue

Hassan Azad’s unbeaten 66 and an inspired effort with the ball saw Ellerslie kick off 2020 in style. Papatoetoe ensured Ellerslie were never truly on top as the hosts were made to settle for 134/5. Daman Bhatti (2-11) made the initial breakthroughs, but Azad’s knock would ultimately prove the difference. Though Papatoetoe were again given an excellent start by Josh Plummer and Harshal Vyas, the middle order couldn’t match the tempo as off-spinner Varun Khanna (4-19) turned in a spell to remember. It was a day for the Ellerslie off-spinners with Alan Burton also picking up three wickets in a clinical victory.

Ellerslie 134/5 (H Azad 66*) defeated Papatoetoe 103 (V Khanna 4-19, A Burton 3-19) by 31 runs.

North Shore vs. East Coast Bays – Devonport Domain

Michael Olsen (55*) and Graeme Beghin (47) put North Shore on track to test East Coast Bays’ powerful batting line-up. The host’s innings, however, fell away as Bays’ bowlers dried up the boundaries. In the end, all five Bays’ bowlers picked up at least one wicket and North Shore could only reach 118/7. In reply, opener Cole Briggs led the chase, hitting 4 fours and 3 sixes. While North Shore tried their best to make something happen, Bays cruised to victory with 3.4 overs in the bank.

North Shore 118/7 (M Olsen 55*, G Beghin 47) lost to East Coast Bays 119/5 (C Briggs 62) by five wickets.

Takapuna vs. Hibiscus Coast – Onewa Domain

Despite a brief scare, Takapuna continued their push to play for silverware with a comfortable win over Hibiscus Coast. The O’Donnell brothers, Robert (36) and Will (35), formed the cornerstone of the Pirates’ score of 132/5. For the visitors, it was another bright performance with the ball and one that set up a reasonable score to chase. Ramesh Lakmal (30) and Caleb Bate (20) took Coast out to 47 at the end of the 5th over. Takapuna fought back through a variety of experienced bowlers. When Will O’Donnell bowled Bate and Ross ter Braak nabbed Lakmal, the match turned in Takapuna’s favour, but not before Daniel James (3-11) and Ryan Quinn (2-7) strangled the middle order.

Takapuna 132/5 (R O’Donnell 36, W O’Donnell 35) defeated Hibiscus Coast 98 (R Lakmal 30, D James 3-11) by 34 runs.

Cornwall vs. Eden Roskill – Cornwall Park

A controlled display by Amit Dhadwal (55) and Michael Guptill-Bunce (300 at the top of the order set the scene for Cornwall’s first win of the T20 Championship. While boundaries were at a premium, the pair added 66 for the first wicket. Eden Roskill, lead by tight spells by Bhavik Vora and Jeet Kumar, kept Cornwall to just ten boundaries throughout the 20 overs. Eden Roskill’s reply was bookended by excellent partnerships, but the lack of impetus in between gave Cornwall the upper hand. Caleb Brookland and Oscar Shepperson lead the way with the ball as Eden Roskill collapsed from 40/0 to 68/8.

Cornwall 154/4 (Am Dhadwal 55, M Guptill-Bunce 30) defeated Eden Roskill 129/9 (C Brookland 3-16, O Shepperson 3-28) by 25 runs.

Parnell vs Grafton – Shore Road

2020 has a familiar look to 2019, with Parnell back in the winner’s circle, taking a 12th consecutive win to book their place in the semifinals. Parnell were able to put on one of the higher totals of the evening, thanks largely to the powerful hitting by Mark Chapman, who hit 80 off 45 balls. Together with Flynn McGregor-Sumpter’s 41, Parnell set Grafton 162/5. For Grafton, Kyle Ruffell claimed three wickets to take some sting out of the host’s hitting. A Harrison Ward cameo kept the visitors in the contest through ten overs, before Aniket Parikh (3-17) sparked a collapse that Grafton were unable to recover from.

Parnell 162/5 (M Chapman 80, F McGregor-Sumpter 41, K Ruffell 3-42) defeated Grafton 129/9 (A Parikh 3-17) by 33 runs.

Howick Pakuranga vs. Auckland University – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Auckland University made Howick Pakuranga work to book their spot in the semifinals. The visitors didn’t take a backward step against a powerful Howick Pakuranga side packed with ACES’ talent. Brian Barnard fared best hitting 45 off 32 before Adam Jones helped get the hosts through to 113/8. It was a fine outing for University’s spin trio of Jeet Patel, Graham Clark and Ash Vodnala, combining to take 5-40 from 11 overs. Donovan Grobbelaar wasn’t going to make it easy for the visitors, wiping away University’s top order inside the first four deliveries. At 0/3, University needed someone to bat with Clark. The partnership never came and Howick Pakuranga’s bowling prowess quickly shut the door on the match.

Howick Pakuranga 113/8 (B Barnard 45) defeated Auckland University 74 (G Clark 33, D Grobbelaar 3-7) by 39 runs.

Waitakere vs. Birkenhead – Te Atatu Park

Laurie Agnew’s 78 propelled Birkenhead to the highest score of the day and a first win of the T20 Championship. Birkenhead didn’t have it all their own way, however, with Waitakere’s Rob Evans picking up 2-27 from his four overs. Agnew’s 5 fours and 4 sixes, together with dashing knocks by Akash Christian (38) and Mayur Masand (23) lifted the visitors to a daunting 170/5. All hope was not lost for Waitakere as Shozib Mirza and Travis Ngatai put on 60 inside the powerplay. Ngatai, however, was the first to go, having scored 54 out of the 67 runs to that point. Waitakere were within touching distance throughout, but it was those two men again – Christian (2-22) and Masand (3-23) – who would have the final say.

Birkenhead 170/5 (L Agnew 78, A Christian 38) defeated Waitakere 163/7 (T Ngatai 54, S Mirza 48, M Masand 3-23) by seven runs.