Tom Hellaby Championship
Round 6, Day One
North Shore vs Ellerslie
The match at Devonport Domain was the only one to get underway on time, as North Shore put Ellerslie in to bat. North Shore was eager to get the wickets to beat both their opponents, and the potentially looming weather. The Ellerslie openers batted patiently for the first hour or so, until they were both dismissed in the 18th over.
From there, Ellerslie’s middle-order fared reasonably well, Matt Wall partnering forst with Aditya Edekar and then with Jonty Barnes to take Ellerslie to 139/5 midway through the second session. At this point, the wheels well and truly came off. Tendai Chitongo and Ronnie Hira spun rings around Ellerslie – within 12 runs the batting side was all out, with the last five batsmen all making zero runs.
As with the last two rounds, North Shore wanted to get the runs as fast as possible to put themselves in a position to get a result. Stephen Baard and Ben Wall started off, and Michael Olsen continued when Baard was out LBW. Bad light stopped play shortly after Ben Wall retired hurt 17 overs in, but the teams were able to get back onto the park. North Shore eventually concluded the day at 110/4.
Ellerslie 151 (M Wall 52, A Edekar 30; T Chitongo 4-39, R Hira 2-18) is playing North Shore 110/4 (S Baard 23; D Patel 2-43).
Eden Roskill vs Birkenhead
The match at Devonport wasn’t the only example of a spectacular collapse. Eden Roskill needed to make the best start possible against Birkenhead. It would, then, have been extremely frustrating that much of the day was wasted with wet outfield and drizzle.
Starting after lunch, Eden Roskill batted first and began reasonably well. Syed Mujtaba opened and although he lost fellow opener Swayam Desaiearly, Roskill proceeded along at reasonable rate.
Oyishik Chakraborty made 33, but when Mujtaba got out shortly after making his half-century, things went badly wrong for Eden Roskill. Akash Christian was destroyer-in-chief, picking up 6-35 off 10 overs. Roskill lost six wickets for 15 runs, al out for 140.
With time still left in the day, Eden Roskill set about making sure that Birkenhead had to work to get more points from the match. They managed it well, J Kumar in particular picking up wickets. Birkenhead batted for 16 overs, losing five wickets for 54 runs. They will start day two still 84 runs short of Eden Roskill’s first-innings total.
Eden Roskill 140 (S Mujtaba 59, O Chakraborty 33; A Christian 6-35) is playing Birkenhead 54/5 (O Labrooy 16; J Kumar 4-26).
Grafton vs Waitakere
Although the match at Victoria Park got underway, it didn’t manage to get underway for very long. Starting after lunch, Grafton won the toss and elected to bowl – finding immediate success. Jack Parsons had Waitakere opener James Venkatrao caught-and-bowled for a first-ball duck. Waitakere made their way to 44/3 in 20 overs before the second round of drizzle finished off play – a mere three balls after Ariyan Hassan dismissed Navan Lombard. The teams didn’t make it back out onto the field, which will have left Grafton in particular grinding their teeth.
Waitakere 44/3 (S Mirza 15; A Hassan 1-0) is playing Grafton.
Hedley Howarth Championship
Round 6, Day One
Takapuna vs Parnell
The only Hedley Howarth Championship match to get underway at all was between Takapuna and Parnell. Takapuna opted to bowl at Onewa Domain when the match started after lunch, but the Pirates didn’t find much success. Although Ross ter Braak dismissed Flynn McGregor-Sumpter for nine, Ollie Pringle and Ben Rae put on a 91-run stand for the second wicket.
When Rae was caught behind off Matt Jones for 58 just before tea, Andy Lane came out to join Pringle. Pringle brought up his half-century first, before Lane almost caught up with a flurry of boundaries – including six 6s. Together they put on 125 runs, batting together for 38 overs before the close of play at close to 7:00pm. Pringle finished on 85*, and Lane on 77* – both will be looking to kick on for their centuries on day two.
Parnell 233/2 (O Pringle 85, A Lane 77; R ter Braak 1-35) is playing Takapuna.