Waitakere vs. North Shore – Te Atatu Park
Riley Mudford and Mitchell Bremner quickly overcame the early loss of Graeme Beghin to lead North Shore past 200, putting on 106 runs for the second wicket. Bremner (57) became Blayze Williams’ first Premier wicket before Mudford (91) chased down what would have been the T20 Championship’s first hundred.
Tim Duncraft struck in the third over before Travis Ngatai (39) and Dusan Hakaraia took the bowling on. Angus Nicoll (3-20) and Tendai Chitongo (3-33) responded as Waitakere fell to 57/5. While Rajat Kumar (41*) gave the innings some respectability, Waitakere never truly threatened North Shore’s imposing total.
North Shore 202/6 (R Mudford 91, M Bremner 57) defeated Waitakere 132/9 (R Kumar 41*, T Ngatai 39, A Nicoll 3-20, T Chitongo 3-33) by 70 runs.
Kumeu vs. East Coast Bays – Te Atatu Park
Fifties by Cole Briggs (81) and Bevon-John Jacobs (76) helped East Coast Bays hit the highest score of this year’s competition. The pair took 59 from the powerplay and 99 from the first ten overs, while Kumeu searched for a breakthrough. Pankaj Kumar was the man to strike, nabbing both set openers before Tristan van Ingen-Kal and Ryan Harrison provided the big finish.
Kumeu couldn’t match Bays’ 15 fours and 14 sixes as Josh van der Sande took three wickets in the 3rd over of the chase. With such a mountain for Kumeu to climb, Bays’ made the most of the scoreboard pressure; Chris Groenink and Kyle Kieser chimed in with two wickets apiece as Kumeu were bowled out for 69.
East Coast Bays 218/2 (C Briggs 81, BJ Jacobs 76, T van Ingen-Kal 37*) defeated Kumeu 69 (J van der Sande 3-25) by 149 runs.
Suburbs New Lynn vs. Hibiscus Coast – Ken Maunder Park
Michael Barry and Jonny Bassett-Graham fought through a spirited Hibiscus Coast bowling effort after Brad Norris and Ramesh Lakmal mixed it up with Suburbs New Lynn’s top order. The experienced Suburbs duo took the score from 24/3 to 133/4 as the hosts sought a total to defend.
Hibiscus Coast’s pursuit of 149 started disastrously as Max Harris (5-22) made early inroads. Harris completed a rare five-for in the 8th over meaning it wasn’t until Zylen Thomas (33) and Jack Taylor put 50 on for the 9th wicket that the visitors looked like reaching 100. It wasn’t to be in the end, with Sam Devereaux also adding three wickets to his name.
Suburbs New Lynn 148/8 (M Barry 67, J Bassett-Graham 48) defeated Hibiscus Coast 94 (Z Thomas 33, M Harris 5-22, S Devereaux 3-20) by 54 runs.
Birkenhead vs. Takapuna – Ken Maunder Park
Jordan Sussex starred as Takapuna trounced Birkenhead inside 19 overs. Matt Jones set the tone for the Pirates before Sussex (5-10) run amok through the second half of the Birkenhead inning.
Chasing just 49, skipper Will O’Donnell was in no mood to muck around, hitting 2 fours and 4 sixes on his way to 36* as Takapuna cruised to victory with 16.1 overs to spare.
Birkenhead 48 (J Sussex 5-10) lost to Takapuna 50/0 (W O’Donnell 36*) by ten wickets.
Papatoetoe vs. Parnell – Papatoetoe Recreation
Ish Sohi inspired Papatoetoe to a three-wicket win after playing a huge role in keeping Parnell to 128. Though Aniket Parikh (27), Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (25) and Josh Fisher (23) all made starts, Papatoetoe made regular breakthroughs to disrupt any developing partnerships.
Josh Plummer then provided the backbone of the chase with a quickfire 55 off 40 deliveries, but there was still life in the match when he was dismissed at 82/5. Navdeep Aujla (22) and Sohi (29*) took the sting out of the moment, combining for a crucial 42-run stand to take Papatoetoe to the brink. James Simmons held his nerve in the final over as Papatoetoe won with three balls to spare.
Parnell 128 (I Sohi 3-21) lost to Papatoetoe 132/7 (J Plummer 55) by three wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Eden Roskill – Papatoetoe Recreation
Howick Pakuranga clicked with the bat against Eden Roskill to register a sixth straight victory to start the T20 Championship. Eden Roskill started brightly with the bat as Oyishik Charkraborty (49), Swayam Desai (34) and Barrington Rowland (31) all made significant contributions through the first half of the innings. The innings fell away as Donovan Grobbelaar (3-30) and Rowan Naude (3-31) dragged total back from 170.
Chasing 157, Brian Barnard (52) and Bill Walsh (46*) added 70 for the second wicket to put the Howick Pakuranga chase on track. In the end, skipper Andrew Morrison took on the role of finisher, hitting five boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 33 off 16 balls as Howick Pakuranga remained unbeaten.
Eden Roskill 156/9 (O Chakraborty 49, S Desai 34, B Rowland 31, D Grobbelaar 3-30, R Naude 3-31) lost to Howick Pakuranga 157/3 (B Barnard 52, B Walsh 46*, A Morrison 33*) by seven wickets.
Cornwall vs. Ellerslie – Cornwall Park
Hassan Azad showed his class to lead a fine Ellerslie effort with the bat against Cornwall. Azad batted through the 20 overs, hitting eight fours on his way to an unbeaten 85*. Parikshith Narsimhan (41) and Abrar Alam (38) ensured it wasn’t a lone hand helping take Ellerslie’s total through to 178/3.
A series of starts kept Cornwall in the hunt, but nobody could match the Azad knock. Though Caleb Brookland, batting at five, went closest hitting 32 off 21, both Dipesh Patel and Andrew Scott took 3-27 to suck all the momentum out of the Cornwall chase.
Ellerslie 178/3 (H Azad 85*, P Narsimhan 41, A Alam 38) defeated Cornwall 158/9 (C Brookland 32, D Patel 3-27, A Scott 3-27) by 20 runs.
Grafton vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
Vijay Anand’s blitz at the top of the order proved the difference between Auckland University and Cornwall. Anand thrashed 5 fours and a six to give the University innings some early impetus. Six other players made double-figures for University, while Hamish Robertson and Nikheil Bhana fought back for Grafton.
In reply, Grafton fell into early trouble losing three wickets inside the powerplay. Michael Ruffell (57) and Nathan Fletcher (34) then attempted to right the ship, but a disciplined bowling effort ensured the required run-rate continued to rise. Five different bowlers helped shut the game down as University kept Grafton to just 32 runs from the final five overs.
Auckland University 152/7 (V Anand 45) defeated Grafton 139/7 (M Ruffell 57*, N Fletcher 34) by 13 runs.
Waitakere vs. East Coast Bays – Te Atatu Park
Dusan Hakaraia’s 39-ball 82 helped Waitakere set East Coast Bays a challenging total as the hosts hunt for a T20 victory continued into the final round. East Coast Bays kept the pressure on at the other end, but Hakaraia’s 9 fours and 4 sixes gave Waitakere a platform. Shozib Mirza (37*), who made a move down the order, played the role of finisher, lifting Waitakere to 165/5.
In reply, Cole Briggs and Tristan van Ingen-Kal gave Bays the perfect start. Though the visitors took 48 off the powerplay, the match remained in the balance as Jared Challis made a pair of crucial breakthroughs. Just when Ryan Harrison and Bevon-John Jacobs accelerated into the death overs, Hakaraia struck thrice. The allrounder’s three wickets, however, weren’t enough to stop Michael Ross and Kyle Kieser confirming victory with three balls remaining.
Waitakere 165/5 (D Hakaraia 82, S Mirza 37*) lost to East Coast Bays 166/7 (R Harrison 35, C Briggs 34, D Hakaraia 3-27) by three wickets.
Kumeu vs. North Shore – Te Atatu Park
North Shore again batted first and piled on the runs as Mitchell Bremner and Graeme Beghin found the Kumeu bowling to their liking. Bremner (86) hit 12 fours and a six to bring up his second fifty of the day, while Beghin was the first to go for 64. Soliman Sahibzada’s three wickets helped drag North Shore back, but 199/4 was still to be more than enough.
Rory Bessel (4-20) dismantled the top order before Tendai Chitongo (3-15) controlled the middle of the Kumeu chase. Though Henry Dawson and Tarun Nethula fared best with the bat, Kumeu were never in a position to challenge the total.
North Shore 199/4 (M Bremner 86, G Beghin 64, S Sahibzada 3-19) defeated Kumeu 91/8 (R Bessel 4-20, T Chitongo 3-15) by 108 runs.
Suburbs New Lynn vs. Takapuna – Ken Maunder Park
In a battle for top spot in Pool A, Takapuna proved too good for Suburbs New Lynn after overcoming the loss of three wickets in the first seven overs. In typical Pirates fashion, however, Mike Sclanders (44) continued to attack. With the help of Ross ter Braak and Ryan Quinn, Daniel James (38*) gave Takapuna the big finish the innings needed, pushing the total to 168/7.
Suburbs were unable to hold on to any momentum in the chase after Matt Jones and Jordan Sussex took three wickets in the first four overs. Off-spinner Sclanders (4-19) then decimated the middle order and Suburbs were unable to recover.
Takapuna 168/7 (M Sclanders 44, D James 38*) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 66 (M Sclanders 4-19) by 102 runs.
Papatoetoe vs. Eden Roskill – Papatoetoe Recreation
Josh Plummer (41) put Papatoetoe firmly on the front foot against Eden Roskill hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes inside the first four overs. Seamers Raja Sandhu and Harjot Johal hit back for Eden Roskill with three wickets apiece but not before Logan Clark (43) and Luke Istead (22) had added 70 for the third wicket.
Vamshi Puppala played patiently for 48 as Eden Roskill made a sedate start in reply. Papatoetoe’s Sunit Birla (3-28) turned the tight start into wickets and, despite the best efforts of a dangerous Eden Roskill order, the match in Papatoetoe’s favour.
Papatoetoe 148/8 (L Clark 43, J Plummer 41, H Johal 3-29, R Sandhu 3-35) defeated Eden Roskill 133/8 (V Puppala 48, S Birla 3-28) by 15 runs.
Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga – Papatoetoe Recreation
Parnell came out on top in this battle for Pool B supremacy after Josh Fisher knocked the top of the Howick Pakuranga order. Earlier Andy Lane (41) and Brad Rodden (33) were made to work for a total after Parnell lost both openers inside the first three overs. Boundaries were tough to come by and it was difficult to know what kind of score Parnell had with 125/5.
Fisher then made the game his own, taking 5-17 as Howick Pakuranga collapsed to 31/6 at the end of the batting powerplay. Unsurprisingly, Howick Pakuranga were unable to recover as Aniket Parikh and Keegan Russell mopped up the tail.
Parnell 125/5 (A Lane 41, B Rodden 33) defeated Howick Pakuranga 55 (J Fisher 5-17) by 70 runs.
Cornwall vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
Graham Clark and Conor Ansell hit impressive fifties, while Vijay Anand gave Auckland University a racy start to set Cornwall a daunting total. Clark (50) and Anand (42) got the ball rolling before Ansell underlined University’s effort with a round 50 of his own.
Chasing 181, Cornwall were unable to get going. Caleb Jasmat had a big part to play in that, stifling the hosts’ middle order with three quick wickets. Clark’s day wasn’t finished either, chiming in with 2-24 to ensure University signed of the T20 Championship with a commanding win.
Auckland University 180/4 (G Clark 50, C Ansell 50, V Anand 42) defeated Cornwall 125/7 (Ad Dhadwal 32, C Jasmat 3-22) by 55 runs.
Grafton vs. Ellerslie – Cornwall Park
Dylan Taylor starred in Grafton’s final match of the T20 campaign, leading a swift bowling effort against Ellerslie. Hamish Robertson and Campbell McKegg got the procession started as Anubhav Thapa top-scored for Ellerslie with 23. Taylor then controlled the second half of the inning as Ellerslie were bowled out for 87.
It wasn’t one-way traffic, however, as Grafton fell into similar trouble. Though Thapa followed his effort with the bat by taking three wickets with the ball, it was never going to be enough. Taylor’s 35 eased the task for those coming in lower down and Grafton eventually confirmed victory with six overs to spare.
Ellerslie 87 (D Taylor 3-16) lost to Grafton 88/6 (D Taylor 35, A Thapa 3-24) by four wickets.
Birkenhead vs. Hibiscus Coast – Ken Maunder Park
Eight economical overs by spinners Chamal Rajapaksha and Akash Christian tied down the Hibiscus Coast middle-order, while Hashan Goonetilleke (40*) and Ramesh Lakmal (35) fought to give their side something to defend.
Chasing 124, Birkenhead found themselves in some trouble of their own after both openers fell in the opening two overs. Mayur Masand then took control of the situation, blasting 75 off 31, ensuring Birkenhead would collect a second win of their T20 campaign.
Hibiscus Coast 123/7 (H Goonetilleke 40*, R Lamkal 35) lost to Birkenhead 126/4 (M Masand 75) by six wickets.