Jeff Crowe Cup
Takapuna vs. Cornwall – Onewa Domain
Max O’Dowd’s 158 wasn’t enough for Takapuna as Cornwall’s top order put on a chasing masterclass to sit atop the Pool A table with two rounds to go.
O’Dowd did a lot of the early work on his way to a third hundred of the summer before combining with Guy Harley (54) for a 154-run fifth-wicket stand. Lucas Dasent was the best of the Cornwall bowlers, taking 3-51, including both O’Dowd and Harley late in the piece.
Takapuna’s 294/7 would take some chasing, but the hosts are at the right end of the table for a reason and skipper Michael Guptill-Bunce showed exactly why, hitting 14 fours and 2 sixes on his way to 76. While Will O’Donnell gave the Pirates a lifeline with the wickets of Guptill-Bunce and then Sam Crooks, the Dhadwal brothers fought to steer Cornwall to victory. Amit (107*) and Aditya Dhadwal (86) went at better than run-a-ball as both players set their sights on three figures, in the end adding 167 for the third wicket.
Takapuna 294/7 (M O’Dowd 158, G Harley 54, L Dasent 3-51) lost to Cornwall 298/3 (Am Dhadwal 107*, M Guptill-Bunce 76, Ad Dhadwal 86) by seven wickets.
Birkenhead vs. Ellerslie – Birkenhead War Memorial
Birkenhead benefitted from a patient opening stand and a blistering Arjuna Jayasinghe hundred to take a first Jeff Crowe Cup of the summer.
Laurie Agnew (58) and James O’Brien (44) fought through the opening 20 overs setting the scene for Jayasinghe’s innings to come. Ellerslie’s Varun Khanna had been expensive through his first three overs, but the off-spinner was the man to hit back for the visitors. Khanna claimed both openers and Akash Christian as three wickets fell in the space of six overs. Jayasinghe then took over, hitting 5 fours and 7 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 102 off 76 balls.
In reply, Ellerslie were given a similar platform. While the top eight batsmen all made double-figures, led Hassan Azad’s 63 and Abrar Alam’s 46, Manuel Seidel proved the difference for the hosts. The Birkenhead leg-spinner ended the promising knocks of Azad and Alam before Anurudha Jayampathi (3-26) closed out the game.
Birkenhead 274/7 (A Jayasinghe 102*, L Agnew 58, E O’Brien 44, V Khanna 3-37) defeated Ellerslie 249 (H Azad 63, A Alam 46, A Thapa 33, A Jayampathi 3-26, M Seidel 3-43) by 25 runs.
North Shore vs. Papatoetoe – Devonport Domain
Luke Istead’s defiant knock proved the difference between Papatoetoe and North Shore as the visitors kept their playoff hopes alive.
Regular wickets kept North Shore from being able to build the kind of total Michael Olsen would have had in mind when he decided to bat first. Graeme Beghin (76) fought a lone-hand through the first 20 overs as North Shore slumped to 74/6. Number eight Ben Wall (30) gave Beghin some much-needed support before Harshal Vyas (5-31) hit back to bowl North Shore out for 176.
Papatoetoe appeared to be cruising toward victory at 85/2 after the first 20 overs. Spinners Tendai Chitongo and Will Clark took identical figures of 2-32 to drag the hosts back into the contest, but Istead stood tall. The allrounder took responsibility for the chase, hitting an unbeaten 81 from 127 balls as Papatoetoe snuck home by two wickets.
North Shore 176 (G Beghin 76, B Wall 30, H Vyas 5-31) lost to Papatoetoe 177/8 (L Istead 81*) by two wickets.
East Coast Bays vs. Howick Pakuranga – Windsor Park
East Coast Bays put a further dent in Howick Pakuranga’s Jeff Crowe playoff hopes after left-arm seamers Caleb Gaylard and Phil Mecredy set up a comfortable chase for the hosts.
Gaylard (3-19) led an inspired effort with the ball early on as both sides jostled for ascendency. Mecredy (3-23), Premier Cricket’s leading wicket-taker, then made the pressure count with wickets from consecutive balls in the 23rd over. Bill Walsh fought through to 41 but, when he was trapped in front by Ryan Harrison, Bays ran with the momentum.
Defending 136, Howick Pakuranga had the bowlers to cause the hosts some issues. Donovan Grobbelaar struck in the first over to lift the visitors, but Bevon-John Jacobs was up for the challenge, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes on his way to a match-defining 65. While Rowan Naude (3-49) provided some late drama, the bulk of the work had been done and Bays kept themselves alive in the competition.
Howick Pakuranga 135 (B Walsh 41, C Gaylard 3-19, P Mecredy 3-23) lost to East Coast Bays 136/6 (BJ Jacobs 65, R Naude 3-49) by four wickets.
Parnell vs. Grafton – Victoria Park
A Jack Dymond burst and a patient Nathan Fletcher knock saw Grafton become the first team to overcome Parnell in season 2019/20.
Jack Dymond knocked the top off the Peaches order as the hosts crumbled to 40/7. Josh Fisher then lead something of a revival, hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes on his way to a 53-ball 65. Harry Miller, Keegan Russell and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy all fought valiantly to push Parnell past 150.
Grafton’s chase was anything but comfortable as Ollie Pringle (4-27) threatened to bowl Parnell to an unlikely victory. Fletcher took any support that was on offer as Parnell continued to squeeze the Lions’ middle order. In the end, Fletcher’s 69*, his fourth 50+ score of this year’s Jeff Crowe Cup, was enough to take Grafton home with 5.5 overs to spare.
Parnell 155 (J Fisher 65, J Dymond 3-31) lost to Grafton 156/7 (N Fletcher 69*, O Pringle 4-27) by three wickets.
Auckland University vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Colin Maiden Park
Tristan Payle’s first Premier Hundred for Suburbs New Lynn underlined a dominant victory over Auckland University.
The visitors struck early and often as Sam Devereaux made a pair of incisive breakthroughs during a six-over spell. At 28/3, University needed a partnership. Jonathan Low and Ash Vodnala played cameos but by the time Caleb Jasmat (37) and Jeet Patel (29*) put a partnership together, the hosts were already eight down.
In reply, Suburbs raced out of the blocks courtesy of a Payle boundary blitz that saw the right-hander hit 9 fours from 14 deliveries. Despite the loss of Raj Majithia for 22, Payle went on to hit 18 boundaries in all on his way to an unbeaten 110 off 99 balls. Skipper Michael Barry (50*) played a supporting role on a day that saw Suburbs stay in touch with Pool A leaders, Cornwall and Grafton.
Auckland University 193 (C Jasmat 37, J Low 30, S Devereaux 3-29) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 196/1 (T Payle 109*, M Barry 51*) by nine wickets.
Eden Roskill vs. Waitakere – Keith Hay Park
Eden Roskill piled on the highest Jeff Crowe Cup total of the season as Syed Mutjaba and Barrington Rowland both scored hundreds against Waitakere.
Waitakere were unable to make early inroads and were made to pay as Eden Roskill put together 112 for the first wicket before Swayam Desai was bowled for 52. The most memorable partnership then turned the match in Eden Roskill’s favour. Mutjaba (157) and Rowland (121) took the Waitakere attack apart to the tune of 239 runs from 135 balls. Mutjaba’s knock included 21 fours, while Rowland powered 22 fours and a six during his 68-ball stay. Oyishik Chakraborty and Shaneil Sharma gave the innings the finish it deserved, taking 59 from the final 16 balls.
The visitor’s pursuit of 421 came unstuck when Tim Florence was bowled for 52 in the 19th over. Spin twins Bhavik Vora (4-23) and Jeet Kumar (3-11) made the most of the considerable scoreboard pressure as Waitakere collapsed from 92/1 to be bowled out for 107.
Eden Roskill 421/4 (S Mujtaba 157, B Rowland 121, S Desai 52, O Chakraborty 35*) defeated Waitakere 107 (T Florence 52, B Vora 4-23, J Kumar 3-11) by 314 runs.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
Takapuna vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
Prue Catton starred with both bat and ball as Auckland University held their nerve against Takapuna.
Catton (48) combined with Sam Petherick (28) for an 83-run 4th wicket stand as University posted 124/5. Claire Mains and Olivia Anderson kept University in check, both taking a brace of wickets during tidy spells. Catton was finished, however, turning the match in University’s favour with four wickets. Petherick also took two wickets, while Ahalya Babu shut the game down with two late scalps of her own.
Auckland University 124/5 (P Catton 48) defeated Takapuna 109 (A Browning 31, P Catton 4-20) by 15 runs.
Cornwall vs. Papatoetoe – Cornwall Park
Claire Crooks and Emma Fulbrook lead Cornwall to the highest score of the day and ultimately a comfortable victory over Papatoetoe.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Cornwall, however, slipping to 51/3 in the tenth over. The experienced duo of Crooks (54*) and Fulbrook (44) were up to the task of building a total, adding 84 for the fourth wicket as Cornwall finished on 138/4. Toni Baldwin (36) did her best to keep Papatoetoe moving towards the total, but Cornwall’s attack were disciplined throughout with Phoebe Jones and Isabelle O’Connell both picking up a pair of wickets on the way to victory.
Cornwall 138/4 (C Crooks 54*, E Fulbrook 44) defeated Papatoetoe 83/6 (T Baldwin 36) by 55 runs.
Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga – Cornwall Park
A team effort with the bat and an inspired effort with the ball against Howick Pakuranga kept Parnell’s playoff hopes alive.
Rae Allright (4-28) and Marama Downes (3-15) kept Parnell in check, taking key wickets throughout as Yaz Kareem, Isabel Mills and Stephanie Carr all made handy contributions. With 115 on the board, Parnell would need something special and the bowler’s delivered. First, Gemma Lord knocked the top of the Llama order before Samantha Brake-Howard chimed in with two wickets.
Parnell 115/8 (R Allright 4-28, M Downes 3-15) defeated Howick Pakuranga 68/8 (G Haworth 3-8) by 47 runs.
Takapuna vs. Parnell – Cornwall Park
Parnell were at it again with another fine bowling effort against Takapuna to help set up a third Pearl Dawson Cup victory.
Maddy Curran (2-3) set the tone for the Plums with two tight overs at the top of the Takapuna inning. Georgia Haworth (3-10) and Samantha Brake-Howard (2-11) dominated the middle overs after Izzy Gaze was caught for 26. Olivia Anderson struck early on for Takapuna before Shriya Naidu (54*) and Yaz Kareem (20*) crafted a partnership worthy of victory.
Takapuna 89/9 (G Haworth 3-10) lost to Parnell 93/1 (S Naidu 54*) by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Papatoetoe – Cornwall Park
A mesmerising spell by Caitlin Hakeagatoa set up a crucial victory for Papatoetoe over Howick Pakuranga to further congest the Pearl Dawson Trophy table.
Hakeagatoa scythed through the Howick Pakuranga top order, taking 5-9 from her unchanged four-over spell. Solonaima Aiona (2-0) wiped away the tail as Howick Pakuranga were bowled out for 62. Toni Baldwin and Kolotita Lui Nonu then put the chase on track as Papatoetoe crossed the line with 7.5 overs to spare.
Howick Pakuranga 62 (C Hakeagatoa 5-9) lost to Papatoetoe 63/3 by seven wickets.
Cornwall vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
Wicketkeepers Tariel Lamb and Emily Handyside both scored unbeaten fifties as Cornwall survived a thriller against Auckland University.
Tariel Lamb (53*) and Gemma Adams (32) provided the backbone for another successful defence. The pair added 60 runs for the third wicket, while Naomi Matthews, Ahalya Babu and Alex Eastwood all took two wickets to keep Cornwall to 127/7. Handyside (52*), opening for University, was unable to find significant help throughout the chase. Vic Lind helped Handyside push towards victory late on, but Cornwall Breezy Illing held her nerve conceding just five runs from the last over.
Cornwall 127/7 (T Lamb 53*, G Adams 32) defeated Auckland University 121/7 (E Handyside 52*) by six runs.