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Honda Financial Premiership Long Report – 23 March

Hedley Howarth Championship – Round 8, Day 1

Takapuna vs Papatoetoe

Having made Takapuna sweat in their previous encounter, Papatoetoe were unable to repeat their batting display at Onewa Domain.

Papatoetoe batted first and after seeing off the first ten overs without loss, started feeling the pressure from the second ball of Matt Jones’s spell, when he had Josh Plummer caught and bowled for 25.

Although there were plenty of starts on the Papatoetoe scorecard, Jones put paid to them before any batsman made it to 30. When Ross ter Braak took the final two wickets with consecutive balls, Papatoetoe had only made 135 runs.

Takapuna’s Max O’Dowd took 12 off the first over he faced and raced out from there. The Pirates weren’t taking any chances with next week’s weather – they wanted to secure first innings points as soon as possible.

Within 18 overs O’Dowd and Mike Sclanders had done it. When Bupinder Singh bowled out O’Dowd for 63, Jordan Sussex came in and Takapuna continued. By close of play they were scoring at close to seven an over, Sclanders on 93*, Sussex on 48*. Takapuna will restart next week on 232/2.

Papatoetoe 135 (D Bhatti 27, K Yadav 26; M Jones 5-52, R ter Braak 2-16) lost first innings to Takapuna 232/2 (M Sclanders 93*, M O’Dowd 63; D Bhatti 1-26).

Suburbs New Lynn vs Cornwall

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Suburbs had quick success at Ken Maunder against Cornwall.

A double-wicket maiden from Jordan McLeod, followed up with another wicket next over from Sam Devereaux, and Cornwall were in trouble at 25/3.

In response, Aditya Dhadwal did what he’s been doing all season – held up one end and stubbornly refused to go anywhere.

And at the other end, Michael Guptill-Bunce smashed 7 fours and 4 sixes to take Cornwall to 103 by the time Aces teammate Michael Barry bowled him.

Evan Jones set a slightly more sober pace, and along with Dhadwal took Cornwall to 169. When Devereaux picked up Jones, Dhadwal had to accelerate. They almost made it to tea before Suburbs picked up the 10th wicket, and Cornwall’s innings ended on 226.

Joe Cracknell and Raj Majithia got the chase moving for Suburbs, moving at almost a run-a-ball until they were dismissed in consecutive overs for 31 and 30 respectively. Victor Davies and Barry had to then start up again, and Davies was similarly impatient.

When Davies was LBW off Scott Marra for 30, Barry and Sineth Gunawardene couldn’t score nearly as freely, but kept their wickets in hand – Suburbs 156/3 at close of play.

Cornwall 226 (Ad Dhadwal 69, M Guptill-Bunce 65; M Barry 3-29, S Devereaux 3-54) is playing Suburbs New Lynn 156/3 (M Barry 35*, J Cracknell 31; S Nair 1-26).

Auckland University vs Parnell

University wouldn’t have been feeling too happy about the decision to bat first against Parnell at Colin Maiden Park. Ganesh Ratnasabapathy and Ollie Pringle had the hosts in major trouble at 8/3.

A 106-run stand between Finn Allen and Jack Windler took University closer to respectability, and through to lunch still just three down. Just three overs after the break, however, Windler was snared by Keegan Russell.

Nick Stobart made it close to 30 without scoring a boundary, and along with Caleb Jasmat, took University to tea – a far longer innings than their first overs would have suggested.

It couldn’t last forever though, Pringle picking up his fourth wicket and University’s innings finished for 207.

The start of Parnell’s innings was one of caution and patience from Andy Lane and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter. This was marred when Lane was dismissed for 30, and Pringle went without scoring three balls later. Ben Horne joined McGregor-Sumpter, and the pair finished the day with Parnell 80/2.

Auckland University 207 (F Allen 89, J Windler 49; O Pringle 4-19, K Russell 4-59) is playing Parnell 80/2 (F McGregor-Sumpter 31*, A Lane 30; C Jasmat 1-15).

Howick Pakuranga vs East Coast Bays

East Coast Bays won the toss and sent the Alpacas in to bat. They made the most of the humid conditions, Blair Smith taking a wicket in his first over. Along with Ryan Harrison and Josh van der Sande, Bays had Howick at 46/3.

Dale Phillips joined Bill Walsh at the crease and the pair added 84 runs before Smith dismissed Phillips for 47.

Things didn’t look good for Howick at 138/5 just after lunch – Smith had four wickets and was hunting for his fifth. David Winn joined Walsh to take the total through to 201/6 before he was caught off Louis Delport for 45. Howick would battle through the session. Smith picked up his five-for four overs before tea.

Walsh had been batting steadily all day and brought up his century shortly after tea. He was joined by Danru Ferns who set about hitting Bays’ bowling to all parts.
The ninth-wicket partnership reached 92 when Walsh was dismissed for 126. The score stood at 330/9 – an effort the Alpacas would have been pretty happy with.

No one expected what happened next. Jamie Brown came in at 11 and looked immediately comfortable. Ferns had already reached his half century and showed no sign of slowing down against the tiring East Coast Bays bowlers.

The tail-enders put on 53 runs before Ferns went after Delport one too many times, and was caught on 94. Howick Pakuranga finished on 383. East Coast Bays will start their first innings next week.

Howick Pakuranga 383 (B Walsh 126, D Ferns 94; B Smith 5-70, L Delport 3-105) is playing East Coast Bays.

Tom Hellaby Championship – Round 8, Day 1

Grafton vs Birkenhead

Grafton probably expected to have easier work against Birkenhead after they won the toss and decided to bat. Instead Manoj Patel and Tony Treadaway put the screws on from the beginning – the first 12 overs netting Grafton just 14 runs for two wickets.

The scoring rate improved slightly, but didn’t get much easier. All the Grafton batsmen had to survive protracted periods at the crease to make any runs, with only Nikheil Bhana looking dangerous, before he was run out.

Patel and Treadaway continued to be miserly, and Akash Christian capitalised on the pressure, picking up 4-50.

After Bhana and Hamish Robertson were dismissed in the same over, it was a scramble for the Grafton tail to get over the magic 180 mark. As soon as they did, Grafton promptly declared at 181/9.

Birkenhead found the batting similarly difficult. They lost their two openers early, and while Arjuna Jayasinghe and Laurie Agnew were able to battle it out and get Birkenhead to 70/2, they were both dismissed in consecutive overs.

Carl de Beer bowled ten overs on the trot for Grafton, and in doing so, removed most of the Birkenhead middle order – picking up 4-22.

Birkenhead finished the day on 97/7, and will need something impressive on day two to push Grafton close.

Grafton 181/9 dec. (N Bhana 44, S Variath 39; A Christian 4-50, M Patel 2-18) is playing Birkenhead 97/7 (A Jayasinghe 41, A Christian 15*; C de Beer 4-22, H Robertson 2-32).

Eden Roskill vs Ellerslie

It was a good day for bowling at Keith Hay Park – 24 wickets fell on day one between Eden Roskill and Ellerslie.

It’s fair to say the season hasn’t been a great one for Ellerslie – and it continued in a similar vein as Eden Roskill picked up two wickets in the first three overs. Alan Burton and Aditya Edekar combined to grind their way to 45, before Jeet Kumar bowled Burton for 24, and Bhavik Vora had Edekar the next over.

Wickets kept falling in pairs – Vora had two in an over to reduce Ellerslie to 62/6. Shortly after lunch another two fell in one over, and an over later Vora had picked up his five-for and Ellerslie were all out for 97.

Roskill got underway quickly, courtesy of some big hitting by Zen Malik. They were looking comfortable at 81/1. Then Matt Wall took the ball, removed Swayam Desai for 21, and proceeded to cut a swathe through the rest of Eden Roskill’s batting. Although he couldn’t prevent first innings points going to Roskill, Wall took 7-25. Eden Roskill finished their first innings at 133.

There was time for Ellerslie to bat again. Their opening batsmen soaked up much of the pressure put on them – the scoring slow, but Ellerslie looking ahead to next week, where they will restart at 71/4.

Ellerslie 97 (A Burton 24; B Vora 5-24, B Rowland 1-2) and 71/4 (A Edekar 28*; B Rowland 2-16) lost first innings to Eden Roskill 133 (Z Malik 67, S Desai 21; M Wall 7-25, A Burton 2-32).

Waitakere vs North Shore

If North Shore thought they’d be able to simply run away with the match, they would be disappointed, as Waitakere’s batting display showed renewed grit.

Shozib Mirza and Rajat Kumar made a solid start to the innings, and while the North Shore bowlers would notch up plenty of maidens through the innings, wickets didn’t fall quickly.

Brad Cachopa and Jared Challis took Waitakere through to lunch at 89/3, and Cachopa would once again marshal the lower order through the second session.

Although Cachopa would fall to Ronnie Hira just prior to tea, Ben Lister and Rob Evans-Moore would add valuable runs.

Twelve overs into the third session North Shore were probably grinding their teeth until Tendai Chitongo removed them both, Waitakere making 188 all out.

Thoughts of a fast chase likely went out of the window for North Shore at about Lister’s third ball, when he dismissed Stephen Baard for 0.

Graeme Beghin navigated through the remainder of the overs, although Todd Wannan would pick up two wickets before the close of play. North Shore will start next week on 53/3.

Waitakere 188 (B Cachopa 57, S Mirza 33; T Chitongo 4-47, C Brungar 3-45) is playing North Shore 53/3 (G Beghin 28*; T Wannan 2-21).

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