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Honda Financial Premiership Long Report – 2 March

Hedley Howarth Championship

Suburbs New Lynn v Howick Pakuranga

The clash between the two top-of-the-table teams at Ken Maunder Park was one where both teams obviously wanted to get a result.

After being put into bat, Suburbs didn’t make the best start. Raj Majithia was was LBW to Donovan Grobbelaar in the third over. The Joe Cracknell, winding up to start hitting in customary fashion, was fell to Mitchell McClenaghan for 13.

Both openers gone, Suburbs were revived when Michael Barry and James Parslow combined for a 96-run stand which took Suburbs almost to lunch. Parslow raised his bat for his half-century, but the partnership was cut short when Barry got out for 47.

Victor Davies stepped in to make his own 50 in quick time, and after exactly 50 overs Suburbs declared on 245/7 and challenged the Alpacas to make a go of it.

The Howick Pakuranga innings wasn’t a bombastic one, at least to start with. Daniel Young and Bill Walsh built the innings through the first 15 overs, and then when Walsh was run out, Andy Morrison came in and began to find the boundary.

Young made his 50, before Eli Meenhorst picked up the only bowler’s wicket for Suburbs, dismissing Young for 72.

That’s when Howick Pakuranga did start hitting bombs. Brian Barnard joined Morrison, and together they hit 212 runs off 102 balls – including four 6s from Barnard. Their attack catapulted Howick Pakuranga to an eight-wicket first innings win.

Suburbs New Lynn 245/7 dec. (J Parslow 67, V Davies 54; M McClenaghan 4-50) lost first innings to Howick Pakuranga 246/2 (A Morrison 89*, D Young 72, B Barnard 65*).

Papatoetoe v Auckland University

The match at Papatoetoe Rec hung in the balance until the last hour, though if you’d come in halfway through Papatoetoe’s innings you might not have believed that.

After they elected to bat, Josh Plummer got Papatoetoe off to a quick start, making 34. Then a middle-order collapse at the hands of Jeet Patel saw Papatoetoe go from 71/2 to 81/7. University might have thought they’d make quick work wrapping up the rest of the innings.

Instead number eight Prajyot Rehal pitched at tent at one end, and number 10 Damanpreet Bhatti hit seven 4s and three 6s from the other. Bhatti top-scored with 59, and Rehal saw out 93 balls for his 35. B the time Jeet Patel dismissed Rehal to claim his sixth scalp, Papatoetoe had lasted half the day and scored 206.

University started more cautiously, determined not to repeat Papatoetoe’s mistakes. Instead, a steady flow of wickets hampered their efforts and kept Papatoetoe in the game. A key difference was Finn Allen, who stuck around when University lost middle-order wickets. He found a partner who would stick with him in Christy O’Brien and they put together a 55-run partnership.

When Bhupinder Singh dismissed O’Brien for 20, and then Nick Stobart seven balls later, the match shifted again. University needed 50 runs, Papatoetoe needed three wickets, it was game on.

Unfortunately, Papatoetoe couldn’t maintain pressure – two big overs got University to within seven runs. Although Singh dismissed Jeet Patel to bring up his five-for, Allen crunched a boundary to give University the result by two wickets.

Papatoetoe 206 (D Bhatti 59, P Rehal 35; J Patel 6-54, N Stobart 2-29) lost first innings to Auckland University 209/8 (F Allen 79*, V Anand 36; B Singh 5-95, H Vyas 3-48).

East Coast Bays v Cornwall

This was a match which also went down to the wire – and ran later in the day than any other – as Cornwall eked out a draw at Windsor Park.

East Coast Bays, batting first, couldn’t maintain partnerships in their top order. Giles Laville and Seb Langridge saw off the new ball, but couldn’t kick on. Instead the lower order came in and began to score more quickly. Louis Delport made a half-century, partnering with Ryan Schierhout and Michael Ross.

The five Cornwall bowlers were all among the wickets, and in the middle of the second session Evan Jones wrapped up the Bays innings for 187.

There was time for Cornwall to pick up first-innings points, but scoring quickly has not been their MO this season. Particularly after losing their top three for 20 runs.

Adi Dhadwal did what he does best, plating himself at the crease and refusing to be moved. Jones joined him with Cornwall at 42/4, and thoughts turned toward surviving the rest of the day.

Bays smelled victory. Ryan Harrison, Josh van der Sande, and Delport shouldered most of the bowling, and although dot balls began to pile up, the necessary wickets didn’t follow.

Bowlers’ spirits picked up when, just after drinks in the final session, Jones was stumped off Delport. Then, after 6pm, Harrison finally tempted Dhadwal into a false shot and he was caught for 44.

The when Harrison took his fourth, Cornwall was eight down and Bays needed just two more.

7pm came and went. When Fanie de Villiers hit the final ball of the day for four, Cornwall could exhale, having finished with a draw.

East Coast Bays 187 (L Delport 55, M Ross 31; E Jones 2-28) drew with Cornwall 145/8 (Ad Dhadwal 44, E Jones 33; R Harrison 4-40, J van der Sande 2-25).

Takapuna vs Parnell

As the only Hedley Howarth match to get underway on day one, Parnell and Takapuna had an advantage when it came to getting a result. Parnell had finished day one at 233/2.

Ollie Pringle restarted on 85, Andy Lane on 77, and the pair continued from where they had left off. Lane overtook Pringle in the scoring stakes, bringing up his century first in an innings which included five 4s and seven 6s.

Two balls after he raised his bat, Lane was out, caught off Daniel James for 101.

Pringle brought up his century soon afterwards, scoring eight bfours and two sixes. Two overs later and he was gone as well, caught off Matt Jones for 104.

It hardly mattered. Parnell put on 22 runs in the next three overs and declared on 323. It was a sizeable total for Takapuna to chase down, though there was enough time, if they started well.

The Pirates did not start well. Shane Setia was LBW to Ganesh Ratnasabapathy on just the second ball, and they were in strife at 6/2 when Will O’Donnell was caught for three.

Craig Cachopa joined Daniel James in the middle and the pair decided to make a go of the chase – primarily by sending the ball to the boundary.

They sent Takapuna to lunch at 45/2, but after the break Cachopa holed out to Anniket Parikh for 38.

The Takapuna batsmen were carrying out a philosophy of go hard or go home, but while they were making runs, they were also losing wickets.

Quinn Sunde and and Mike Sclanders took Takapuna past 150 but both were out before tea.

In the end, the first innings was wrapped up before drinks in the final session, Pringle dismissing Matt Jones for 22. Takapuna were all out for 218, Parnell first innings victors by 105 runs.

Parnell 323/8 (O Pringle 104, A Lane 101; D James 4-66, M Jones 3-84) won first innings against Takapuna 218 (M Sclanders 46, D James 41; O Pringle 3-48, J Fisher 3-58).

Tom Hellaby Championship

Grafton vs Waitakere

After they got 20 overs last week, the match at Victoria Park was another which saw a sporting declaration in search of a result.

With Waitakere restarted on 44/3, which swiftly became 48/4 after Jack Parsons removed Rajat Kumar for 0.

With Waitakere on 72/5, Brad Cachopa and Jack Henderson combined to build a total Waitakere could potentially defend. Henderson held up his end well while Cachopa did the hitting, and the pair almost doubled Waitakere’s score before Henderson was caught for 33.

Cachopa didn’t falter. Batting on first with Andrew Simpson, the Robert Evans-Moore, he made an unbeaten 111. Three overs after they’d come out for the second session, Waitakere were headed back inside again, their allotted overs up with the score on 219/7.

Grafton’s innings started well as Sachin Variath got into his work. He was joined by Mike Ruffell at 37-2 and the pair took Grafton past the 100-run mark and to the tea break. Before they went off, Variath reached his half-century.

The break didn’t do Variath any good, three balls into the final session Blake Robinson took his wicket. Ruffel’s response was to step up his scoring rate. With Nikheil Bhana Grafton found a second big partnership. Ruffell brought up his half-century and the pair batted until Grafton was just six runs shy of a first innings victory. The next over, Ruffell brought up the win.

Eden Roskill vs Birkenhead

After Eden Roskill made 140 in their first innings, Birkenhead were restarting on 54/5. Jeet Kumar got Eden Roskill underway with a wicket on his second ball – and picked up his five-for with it. Ish Sohi took Birkenhead to seven down next over, and the innings didn’t get much better for them. Before morning session drinks their first innings was over, all out for 94.

Eden Roskill wanted a result, and they wanted it quickly. Syed Mujtaba was willing to do it himself if necessary – in an opening stand of 43 with Swayam Desai, Desai scored four. Zen Malik opened his account with a boundary, and kept up with Mujtaba until Eden Roskill were on 99. Mujtaba himself perished 10 runs later.

Wickets fell regularly, but it didn’t trouble the scoring rate. Vilas Shivakumar hit the only ball he faced for six, which gave Roskill 180, at which point they declared, nine wickets down.

Birkenhead had a session and a half to avoid an outright defeat, and there was every sign they would struggle, losing Arjuna Jayasinghe in the first over.

Kumar took a triple-wicket maiden in his first over, and after 11 overs with Laurie Agnew gone for 24, Kumar found himself on a hat-trick for the second time in three overs.

Birkenhead were in dire straits. They were 36/7 and this was looking less like a defeat and more like a complete rout. Onesh Labrooy and Mayur Masand stepped up to save their team from humiliation. In 10 overs they added 65 runs to the Birkenhead total, reaching the hundred-run mark before Masand was trapped LBW for 43.

In the end, though, the result was never in doubt. Bhavik Vora took the final wicket, and Eden Roskill wrapped up the victory by 105 runs.

Eden Roskill 140 (S Mujtaba 59, O Chakraborty 33; A Christian 6-35) and 180/9 dec. (S Mujtaba 69, Z Malik 26; L Agnew 4-45, A Christian 3-64) defeated Birkenhead 92 (O Labrooy 16; J Kumar 6-54, I Sohi 3-10) and 124 (M Masand 43, O Labrooy 31; J Kumar 5-37 B Vora 4-52).

North Shore v Ellerslie

The other team determined to get a result was North Shore, who restarted their innings on 110/4. Asiri Wickramanayake and Tendai Chitongo played a slightly more cautious innings to get North Shore back into the swing of things. There were obviously two goals in mind – get past Ellerslie’s first innings, and then get 180 for batting points.

This they did the over after drinks, declaring just as the final six cleared the rope, at 181/6.

Like other matches this round, there was some searching for a result. Ellerslie scored in quick time, where last week they had dug themselves in. Alan Burton scored 45 at the top of the order, and Dinesh de Silva put on 42 at the bottom. After de Silva was out and Chitongo had a five-wicket haul, Ellerslie declared on 174/9.

North Shore had just over a session to make the 145 needed to win. With the way they had been batting, the biggest risk was falling over themselves.

Ben Wall and Stephen Baard got the innings underway in positive fashion, making 44 before Wall was caught. 101 to go. Sam Hinds joined Baard, and they took North Shore to the last drinks break before Hinds was gone for 25. Ronnie Hira wasn’t interested in dragging it out to the bitter end. Although he lost Baard to a runout, he was joined by Wickramanayake with 34 runs to get.

At the point where the scores were tied, Hira finished the match in emphatic fashion, sending the last ball for six. North Shore had their third outright victory in a row, by six wickets.

Ellerslie 151 (M Wall 52, A Edekar 30; T Chitongo 4-39, R Hira 2-18) and 174/9 dec. (A Burton 45, D de Silva 42; T Chitongo 5-79, R Hira 3-35) lost to North Shore 181/6 dec. T Chitongo 43, B Wall 27*; D de Silva 3-60) and 150/4 (S Baard 59, R Hira 29*; A Burton 1-26).

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