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Honda Financial Premiership Long Report – 16 March

Saturday saw most two-day games turned into one-day games after the previous week’s rain, ahead of the final round beginning next week.

It was a day where cricket felt like a bit of an afterthought. Players all across the city from Premiers to Presidents to Year Fives observed a moment’s silence in the wake of the terror attacks in Christchurch.

Hedley Howarth Championship – Round 7

Cornwall v Auckland University

As the only match which had play last week, this was also the match most likely to get a result. Restarting on 139/7, University was only able to add 20 more to their first innings total. Evan Jones finished the innings with 2-9 off six overs, Scott Marra 1-8 off seven.

Amit Dhadwal steered the innings at the outset, but when he was out for 42, Cornwall would have been expected to batten down the hatches. University, however, weren’t drawn into the game of bowling endless dot balls – Caleb Jasmat removed Aditya Dhadwal and Teja Nidamanuru in subsequent overs.

At 71/5 Cornwall had no need to panic – they were only 89 away from a first-innings win. But Jeet Patel was proving very hard to get away, and the lower order didn’t have the patience required. Trying to hit runs off the other end, Marra and Fanie de Villiers both fell to Akash Prasad. Cornwall reached 124 all out before tea. Patel picked up three wickets, and Jasmat matched Jones’s figures, 2-9 off six.

University then went out for a somewhat-irrelevant second innings, as there was still time left in the day. At stumps they were 74/3, first innings points already in the bag.

Auckland University 159 (B Beecroft 54, C O’Brien 28; T Nidamanuru 3-32, E Jones 2-9) and 74/3 (J Windler 37; F de Villiers 2-16) won first innings against Cornwall 124 (Am Dhadwal 42, S Marra 16; J Patel 3-31, C Jasmat 2-9).

Howick Pakuranga v Takapuna

It was a battle of two opening batsmen at Lloyd Elsmore, as first Max O’Dowd then Bill Walsh put on high scores in a game that came extremely close.

Howick Pakuranga won the toss and oped to bowl first, achieving immediate success as Taine Jolley picked up the wicket of Shane Setia on his second ball.
It was success that wouldn’t be repeated for another 30 overs, as Guy Harley and O’Dowd put on a 146-run stand. It wasn’t until the 34th over that Harley fell, caught behind off Walsh for 56.

O’Dowd continued, bringing up his century with a four. He then rapidly smashed four sixes and two more fours – only dismissed two balls before the change of innings. He reached 146, including 14 fours and 5 sixes. Takapuna finished on 266/4 – a score which would take some chasing.

Alpacas captain Bill Walsh wasn’t going to take that kind of challenge lying down, however. He and Daniel Young started off the chase slowly, and after Young was caught behind off Ross ter Braak, Andy Morrison came in and built the platform Howick Pakuranga needed.

Brian Barnard and Donovan Grobbelaar made the most of it, and Walsh himself joined in – bringing up his 100 with a six. But a lack of staying power in his partners forced him to take risks, and Daniel James finally had him caught on 120.

With just 11 runs, or three wickets, needed for one team to clinch victory, time eventually ran out. Howick Pakuranga finished on 253/6, and both teams had to settle for a draw.

Takapuna 266/4 (M O’Dowd 146, G Harley 56; T Jolley 3-54) drew with Howick Pakuranga 253/6 (B Walsh 120, D Grobbelaar 33; R ter Braak 2-30).

Parnell v East Coast Bays

The day started off grey and overcast at Shore Road, where Parnell were hosting East Coast Bays. Winning the toss and putting Bays in to bat, Parnell got an immediate reward as Ollie Pringle dismissed Tristan van Ingen-Kal for one, and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy had Giles Laville caught for six.

Then Parnell eased off somewhat. Ryan Harrison and Cole Briggs combined to put on 99 runs, each going at more than a run-a-ball. Ratnasabapathy dismissed Harrison for 66 – including 4 sixes – but that didn’t put a crimp on Briggs’ scoring rate. Along with Ryan Schierhout, Briggs took Bays to 234/5 by the time the fifty-over finish was enforced.

The innings didn’t start well for Parnell. Ben Rainger made a two-ball duck, and Ben Rae raced out to 17 off 16 before he was bowled by Grant Celliers.

Coming in at 28/3, Andy Lane and captain Brad Rodden provided a steadying influence, taking Parnell to tea at 58/3.

East Coast Bays’ captain Louis Delport was proving hard to get away. Just after Lane brought up his 50, he drove a ball from Delport straight to a fielder.

With five overs remaining and Parnell seven wickets down, East Coast Bays’ fielders swarmed around the bat, looking to take any chance possible.

Harry Miller and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter survived the pressure as the time stretched towards seven, and eventually the match was declared a well-fought draw.

East Coast Bays 234/5 (C Briggs 72*, R Harrison 66; G Ratnasabapathy 2-53) drew with Parnell 143/7 (A Lane 51, F McGregor-Sumpter 26*; J van der Sande 2-26, L Delport 2-33).

Papatoetoe v Suburbs New Lynn

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Suburbs New Lynn 287/5 (M Barry 137*, R Majithia 59; B Singh 3-97, L Istead 2-57) drew with Papatoetoe 159/6 (J Dunford 82*, D Singh 26; M Murray 2-16). [NB: Individual scores may not be accurate. Result and team scores are correct.]

Tom Hellaby Championship – Round 7

Eden Roskill v Waitakere

Eden Roskill needed to put in a good performance against Waitakere to stay in touch with North Shore ahead of the last round.

It was important they get off to a quick start – time to bowl Waitakere out was of the essence. Saywayam Desai and first Zen Malik, then Shaneil Sharma built a solid platform. When Desai was caught off Rob Evans-Moore for 85, Eden Roskill was 160/4 with about 20 overs until the compulsory change of innings.

The middle order came out swinging. Keeping them in check for Waitakere was Todd Wannan, who picked up 5-58. When the innings change occurred in the 47th over, Eden Roskill had a very defendable score of 285.

They would have felt pretty comfortable when Harjot Johal had Waitakere 39/3. Then Brad Cachopa and Jared Challis put together a 140-run partnership which had Waitakere right back in contention to win. Johal then snared first Challis for 75, then Cachopa for 60 in subsequent overs – picking up his five-for before anyone else took a wicket.

At 195/6 going into the final stretch, Waitakere dug in for the draw. Johal had them at 200/8 two overs later – his day of bowling remarkable for picking up seven wickets and conceding 17 no balls.

Andrew Simpson and Wannan survived until the end of the 46th over when Raja Sandhu stuck. It was late and Eden Roskill were one wicket away from victory. When the 50th over came and went – as did 7:00pm – Waitakere might have thought they had made it. But there was at least one more over in the day and Sandhu made the most of it, taking the final wicket and securing the win for Eden Roskill.

Eden Roskill 285/8 (S Desai 85, S Sharma 55; T Wannan 5-58, R Evans-Moore 3-62) won first innings against Waitakere 242 (J Challis 75, B Cachopa 60; H Johal 7-60, R Sandhu 3-49).

Birkenhead v North Shore

Bowling first against Birkenhead, North Shore might have been confident they could simply run through the Birkenhead batsmen and chase down the total in time for tea – particularly when they had both opening batsmen dismissed for 16 inside six overs. Arjuna Jayasinghe and Laurie Agnew had other ideas.

The scoring was slow, but the pair put on 49 runs. The scoring rate picked up considerably when Jayasinghe was joined by Chamal Rajapaskha – and when it looked like Jayasinghe would run out of overs to get his century. He would eventually be denied, finishing the innings on 90 not out.

North Shore, who have been ruthless with the bat since in the last few rounds, somehow didn’t really get going. A fast start was tempered by regular wickets, leaving Sam Hinds (39) and Ryan Thomson (26) to build a platform for Shore to launch from. That work didn’t pay off, as within two overs after the final drinks break both were out, North Shore on 115/6. Simon Keene hit two sixes on his way to 23, but when he was caught behind off Akash Christian scoring slowed, and North Shore looked to survive. Ten overs later, the match finished in a draw.

Birkenhead 198/4 (A Jayasinghe 90*, C Rajapaskha 58*; T Duncraft 2-28) drew with North Shore 164/8 (S Hinds 39, R Thompson 26; R Meadows 3-30, A Christian 2-18).

Ellerslie v Grafton

At Michaels Ave, Grafton went about setting a total. There were plenty of starts from the Grafton batting line-up, but only one big partnership – Mike Ruffell grinding his way to 25 alongside Jack Parsons.

Parsons was the only batsman to really get going, guiding much of the innings and going past his half-century before becoming Akshay Sreenivasan’s third wicket.

It was a couple of big overs at the end from Michael Snedden and Carl de Beer that took Grafton to 220/8, putting on 37 from the final four overs before the innings change.

If Grafton’s innings was a team effort, Ellerslie’s was the work of one man. Alan Burton made his way to the crease with his team at 24/2, and then set about scoring all of the runs.

From the start Ellerslie didn’t match Grafton’s run rate, but the batsmen in general and Burton in particular simply refused to get out. For Ellerslie it was all about seeing who could last at the other end – Matt Wall for 12 overs, Dinesh de Silva for eight. As the final hour started, Kuvam Manon joined Burton and the pair were determined to finish not out. Singles slowed, then dried up completely.

Burton reached his century extremely late in the day. In the 50th over, on 94 with two deliveries remaining, he slotted the only six of his innings to bring up his century before the game finished in a draw.

Grafton 220/8 (J Parsons 68, M Snedden 25; A Sreenivasan 4-76, A Maasch 2-31) drew with Ellerslie 171/6 (A Burton 100*; J Parsons 1-17).

Prichard Cup – Round 10

Takapuna 236/7 (A van Deventer 43, S Bultitude 38; L Jeeru 2-24) defeated Cornwall 67 (E Thurman 12; L Heaps 3-16, C Mains 2-6) by 169 runs.

Howick Pakuranga 176/6 (A Parr 45, N van Tilburg 39; M Cooke 2-29) defeated Unitak 139 (S Curtis 33, J Prasad 33; M Downes 5-45, J Penfold 2-17) by 37 runs.

Parnell 177/7 (Y Kareem 66, O Lobb 39; L Telea 3-23, M Tato 2-19) lost to Papatoetoe 181/8 (F Vaelua 50*, T Hickson 31; S Naidu 3-27, M Curran 2-34) by two wickets.

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