The Honda Financial Premiership intensifies as clubs begin to jostle for position in the Prichard Cup and the Two-Day Championships.
Hedley Howarth Trophy
Suburbs New Lynn host a flying Parnell outfit at Ken Maunder Park in the Hedley Howarth Trophy. Both sides took first innings honours last week and Suburbs coach Jonny Bassett-Graham is looking forward to the tussle.
“We’ve always had quite a friendly rivalry with Parnell, so it tends to be a pretty competitive game.”
Bassett-Graham is excited by the prospect of having Jeet Raval and Raj Majithia back in the mix with in-form trio Finn Allen, Mitch Murray and Michael Barry also available.
Although Suburbs bid for outright points didn’t come off, Bassett-Graham said the side took some lessons from the afternoon.
“We set a second innings chase (against Takapuna) to give ourselves a chance for some outrights points and our bowlers were put under a bit of pressure, but we’ve learned some lessons about how to bowl to a quality batsman like Craig (Cachopa).”
Parnell will provide a significant test for the home side, coming off a commanding first innings win of their own over Cornwall.
Suburbs New Lynn are set to live-stream the match starting at 11 am. Also live-streamed, North Shore will look to continue their fine start to the season against Cornwall from Devonport Domain. The visitors hope to bounce back after a tough fortnight at the hands of Parnell.
Max O’Dowd returns for Takapuna’s match-up with Auckland University looking to build on last week’s frantic outright. For University, it is another opportunity to turn a solid performance into a victory.
Howick Pakuranga and Papatoetoe ready themselves for the next installment in the South-Eastern rivalry. The clubs come in with contrasting results after Howick Pakuranga eased through a challenging total, while Papatoetoe came unstuck in Devonport.
Tom Hellaby Trophy
Grafton scorer Chris McQuaid brings up his 300th match when the Lions travel to Windsor Park to take on East Coast Bays. Both sides were impressive in their first two-day outings and this may be a game both sides look back on at the end of the season.
Waitakere venture to Birkenhead full of confidence following last week’s mammoth chase. Birkenhead will have taken a boost of their own having fought valiantly after a second innings fightback against East Coast Bays.
Eden Roskill and Ellerslie meet at Keith Hay Park after both sides came short of first innings results in Round One. There was a lot to like about both sides first-up efforts, but even at this early stage, this match lurks as one to win if either side is to push for promotion.
Auckland University, Cornwall and Takapuna sit atop the table with two wins after two rounds in the Prichard Cup. Howick Pakuranga, Parnell and Papatoetoe seek to regroup after challenging starts. The start of the domestic season will see the depth of many clubs tested.
Unbeaten sides Cornwall and University square off at Cornwall Park, Takapuna travel to Parnell, while Papatoetoe and Howick Pakuranga get the chance to get off the mark at Papatoetoe Recreation.