Premier Men’s two-day action returned over the weekend Suburbs New Lynn picked up where they left on in the Hedley Howarth Trophy, while Eden Roskill and East Coast Bays both took outright victories in the Tom Hellaby Trophy. In the Premier Women’s Pearl Dawson Trophy, Takapuna and Howick Pakuranga continue to fight it out for top spot and direct entry into the Grand Final.
Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Four
Parnell 442/6 dec. (A Lane 191, W Somerville 111*, F McGregor-Sumpter 57) defeated Takapuna 155 (Q Sunde 52, R O’Donnell 32, W Somerville 4-38) on first innings.
Parnell made the most of a flat Onewa Domain wicket, batting through the entirety of Day One against Takapuna. There were partnerships throughout the Peaches’ mammoth total of 442/6, but it was the stand between Andy Lane (191) and Will Somerville (111*) that stood amongst the lot. Putting on 201 for the sixth wicket meant Takapuna would come back on Sunday with serious batting to do.
Day Two saw Takapuna lose both openers in the first six overs. When Parnell’s seamers picked up their third wicket, the visitors were well on top with their spin trio awaiting introduction. Though Quinn Sunde (52) and Robert O’Donnell (32) were patient in forging a rebuild, Somerville (4-38) and Nikith Perera (2-29) chipped away at the middle order. In the end, Takapuna were all out for 155, making their hunt for the Hedley Howarth a little trickier.
North Shore 318 (R Hira 127, M Olsen 49, S Hinds 47, M Harris 30, S Gough 4-46, M van den Berg 3-102, L Dasent 3-103) defeated Cornwall 184 (S Crooks 56, Am Dhadwal 48, T Chitongo 5-49, M Harris 5-50) on first innings.
North Shore consolidated their position in the top-four with a comprehensive first-innings win over Cornwall at Devonport Domain. The hosts were set on their way by a 121-run opening stand by Ronnie Hira (127) and Samuel Hinds (47). Hira kicked on, hitting 14 fours and 3 sixes before Michael Olsen (49) and Manaia Harris (30) lifted Shore past 300. For Cornwall, debutant Saxon Gough picked up 4-46, while spinners Michael van den Berg and Lucas Dasent both took three wickets apiece.
Cornwall went to stumps on Day One at 11/0 and the openers would remain at the crease ten overs into Day Two. Then leg-spinner Tendai Chitongo struck thrice before lunch, executing a pair of perfect googlies. It didn’t all go Shore’s way with a fighting partnership between Sam Crooks (56) and Amit Dhadwal (48) keeping the hosts at bay for some time. While Chitongo (5-49) remained a threat, it was Harris (5-50) who nabbed both set batsmen. The pair made light work of the tail to finish with five-wicket bags.
Suburbs New Lynn 304 (S Solia 65, T Payle 60, S Devereaux 43, J Bassett-Graham 34, T Patel 32, N Aujla 6-84) defeated Papatoetoe 214 (B Rowland 90, Stephen Money 61, A Ashok 5-64, M Barry 3-27) on first innings.
Suburbs New Lynn extended their lead atop the Hedley Howarth table with a rousing away win over Papatoetoe. It took a collective effort to get the visitors to a defendable total, with fifties by Sean Solia (65) and Tristan Payle (60) leading the way. Though Papatoetoe’s Navdeep Aujla (6-84) ensured Suburbs never truly got away, Sam Devereaux rearguard 43 lifted his side to 304.
Papatoetoe lost two wickets before stumps on Day One and it was a sign of things to come with Adithya Ashok picking up a wicket with his third delivery. Barrington Rowland (90) and Stephen Money (61) then frustrated the Suburbs attack, putting on 138 for the third wicket and Papatoetoe on track for a first-innings lead. A wicketless morning session wasn’t enough to halt Suburbs, however, as Ashok (5-64) struck three major blows in the half an hour after lunch. Rowland carried on until Michael Barry (3-27) made his mark; fittingly, Ashok wrapped up the innings and Suburbs’ fourth two-day victory of 20/21.
Auckland University 375/5 dec. (A Prasad 179, H Lowe 101, C Ansell 73, N Bhana 3-44) defeated Grafton 262 (D Gunawardene 65, G Ollif 56, A Edwards 46, N Fletcher 40, J Patel 4-22) on first innings.
Auckland University are off the mark and it couldn’t have been a more important result, taking first innings victory over Grafton at Colin Maiden Park. Saturday saw University pile on the runs courtesy of two excellent partnerships. First, Conor Ansell (73) and Aakash Prasad added 150 for the first wicket. Prasad would then be joined by Harry Lowe (101) for 211 runs and both University batsmen would raise their bats. Prasad stole the headlines going on to his second Premier hundred and a big one at that, finishing with 179, including 26 fours and a six.
Chasing 376, a second-wicket stand of 100 kept Grafton in the hunt. The foundation was set by Sineth Gunawardene (65), Alex Edwards (46) and Nathan Fletcher (40), but Grafton couldn’t match the big knocks of Prasad and Lowe. While Garth Oliff (56) again played positively in the middle order, there was too much for him to do. Jeet Patel proved difficult to get away and was rewarded with fine figures of 4-22. Despite the total being out of reach, Grafton were in good shape to salvage a draw, but the University spinners prevailed late on claim victory and breathing room in the relegation battle.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Four
Eden Roskill 267 (O Chakraborty 114, R Sandhu 39, J Kumar 34, S Desai 33, A Christian 3-36) and 15/2 defeated Birkenhead 155 (J Houghton 36, Y Zeb 5-56) and 122 (J Houghton 35, A Jayampathi 35, J Kumar 7-31) by eight wickets.
At Keith Hay Park, Eden Roskill did all they could to maintain their lead in the Tom Hellaby Trophy with an outright victory over Birkenhead. Batting first, Roskill fought through some difficult periods of play with Oyishik Chakraborty’s run-a-ball 114 providing the backbone to Roskill’s 267. Cameos by Jeet Kumar (34) and Raja Sandhu (39) meant Roskill weren’t left short of a competitive total.
The visitors couldn’t match Roskill’s fight, bundled out twice on Day Two. Jeremy Houghton (36 and 35) was the best of the Birkenhead batsmen, but the story of the match belongs to Roskill bowlers Yahya Zeb and Kumar. Zeb (5-56) was the star of the first innings, allowing Roskill to enforce the follow on before Kumar (7-31) spun Birkenhead out the second time around.
Needing 11 runs to claim outright points late on Day Two, Roskill lost two wickets in the first over before a six settled the match.
Howick Pakuranga 337/3 dec. (D Winn 115*, A Morrison 104*, G Phillips 67) and 72/2 (B Walsh 43*) defeated Ellerslie 150/8 dec. (D Patel 53, D Kharel 47, C Thompson 3-26) and 203/9 (A Alam 55, D Kharel 53, S Venville 34, H Singh 4-36, O Blandford 3-18) on first innings.
Howick Pakuranga kept themselves in Tom Hellaby Trophy contention at Michaels Ave, but Ellerslie’s late resolve may prove the difference at the end of March. It was a dominant batting effort first up from Howick Pakuranga, led by a dynamic Glenn Phillips blitz and then an outstanding partnership between David Winn and Andrew Morrison. Phillips whacked 67 off 20 balls, hitting 4 fours and 8 sixes before Winn (115*) and Morrison (104*) put Howick Pakuranga firmly on top.
Ellerslie were five down by stumps on Day One. Other than a gritty partnership between Dipesh Patel (53) and Dinesh Kharel (47), Ellerslie didn’t look likely of chasing the Alpacas’ 337/3 and eventually came to the decision to declare behind. Bill Walsh (43*) then helped Howick Pakuranga to 72/2, setting the hosts 260 to win from the remaining 52 overs.
Top-order runs from Abrar Alam (55), Kharel (53) and Stephen Venville (34) gave Ellerslie a chance, only for Harmeet Singh (4-36) and Ollie Blandford (3-18) to slow things down. The Howick Pakuranga pair got their side back into the match and eventually on top, only to run out of time with one wicket to get.
East Coast Bays 162 (R Schierhout 66, M Ross 55, J Henderson 6-25) and 175/7 dec. (M Ross 45, R Harrison 33, S Langridge 31, Q Taljaard 3-74) defeated Waitakere 50 (C Gaylard 4-24, L Delport 3-2) and 148 (S Variath 31, B Barnard 31, R Harrison 3-22) by 139 runs.
At Windsor Park, East Coast Bays fought back from the brink against Waitakere to keep in touch with Roskill atop the Tom Hellaby Trophy table. At 95/8 on Day One, Bays were in deep trouble. Worse still, Ryan Schierhout (66) had provided the majority of that 95 runs. Michael Ross (55) then played a second important knock in as many weeks, while Jack Henderson was the chief destroyer for Waitakere, claiming figures of 6-25.
Chasing Bays 162, Waitakere folded for 50. Only two players made double-figures as Caleb Gaylard (4-24) and Louis Delport (3-2) wrapped up first-innings points. With what must have been a surprising lead, cameos by Ross (45), Ryan Harrison (33) and Seb Langridge (31) raced Bays out to 175/7 either side of stumps. Waitakere were left two and a half sessions to chase 288. Bays’ trio of left-armers struck early. Brian Barnard (31) and Sachin Variath (31) both counter-attacked, but their departures signalled the end for Waitakere, who were all out for 148. Harrison led the way for Bays in the second innings with 3-22.
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Seven
Cornwall 115/9 lost to Auckland University 116/6 (K Gurrey 49) by four wickets.
Auckland University kept their Pearl Dawson Trophy defence alive with a tense win over Cornwall. A big part of University’s win came after Annie Ewart (29) and Emily Thurman (21) had formed the backbone of Cornwall’s total; Prue Catton and Samantha Petherick both struck twice to keep University to 115/9.
The chase came down to a calming partnership between Katie Gurrey (49) and Rebecca Ellison (26*). The pair came together at 72/5, when Anika Todd had struck twice in two balls. Though Gurrey was out with the scores tied, University took the points with two balls to spare.
Howick Pakuranga 112/7 (G Harris 50) defeated Parnell 106/4 (M Mason-Jones 31) by six runs.
Howick Pakuranga took a step closer to the playoffs with a narrow victory over Parnell. The Parnell attack applied the pressure throughout and were rewarded with regular wickets. For Howick Pakuranga, Georgina Harris (50) was the mainstay, hitting five of her side’s 6 fours.
Chasing 113, Parnell made a breezy start, racing out to 35/1 by the end of the powerplay. While Skye Bowden and Marama Downes were the wicket-takers with two apiece, all five Llama bowlers played their part, conceding just one boundary, to secure a crucial six-run win.
Takapuna 122/6 (A van Deventer 51, J Veale 3-26) defeated Papatoetoe 50 (C Mains 3-2, J Barnett 3-14) by 72 runs.
An Anlo van Deventer fifty helped Takapuna past Papatoetoe on a turning wicket. The Ponies’ skipper hit 51 off 38 balls to lift her side to 122/6. Jaimie Veale was the best of the Papatoetoe bowlers finishing with 3-26 from her four overs.
Despite a reasonable opening, Papatoetoe’s chase took a rapid turn after the first six overs. Jane Barnett (3-14) got Takapuna started during a lively 7th over before combining with Arlene Kelly (2-12) and Clare Mains (3-2) to bowl Papatoetoe out for 50.
Pearl Dawson Trophy | Round Eight
Takapuna 134/3 (I Gaze 64*) defeated Auckland University 67 (C Mains 3-2, A Kelly 3-11) by 67 runs.
Takapuna shot to the top of the Pearl Dawson Trophy table after a big win over Auckland University. Izzy Gaze played the knock of note, hitting 4 fours and a six on her way to an unbeaten 64. Naomi Matthews picked up 2-29 to halt a big finish as the Ponies posted 134/3.
University couldn’t match their earlier efforts with the bat. It was Arlene Kelly’s turn to lead the Takapuna attack, picking up 3-11 from her four overs. Clare Mains completed a day to remember with identical figures of 3-2 to seal a 67-run win for her side.
Papatoetoe 125/6 (R Lilii 71*, A Parr 3-27) defeated Howick Pakuranga 62 (J Veale 4-12) by 63 runs.
Howick Pakuranga’s six-match winning streak came to an end, falling to Papatoetoe. Regina Lilii played a major role in securing Papatoetoe’s second win of the campaign, scoring 71* off 57 balls. For Howick Pakuranga, skipper Amberly Parr continued her good form with the ball picking up 3-27.
Chasing 126, Howick Pakuranga were in early trouble. Once Papatoetoe got on top, there was no letting up as all five bowlers picked up wickets with Jaimie Veale excellent once again. Veale added 4-12 to the three wickets she took in Round 7, while Helen Semau’s 2-5 helped Papatoetoe secure a 63-run win over their Southern rivals.
Parnell 104/7 lost to Cornwall 105/7 (R MacMillan 3-19) by three wickets.
Cornwall triumphed over Parnell in what could be a deciding match in the run-in to the playoffs. Amie Hucker (2-14) led the Cornwall attack, while Simran Bajaj again impressed with figures of 2-5 from her two overs. For Parnell, Makalyah Mason-Jones (28) and Katrina Browne (20) put on 52 for the third wicket. The innings, however, fell away at the death and Parnell finished with 104/7.
The chase also featured only one significant partnership with Sarah Carnachan (29) and Annie Ewart (22) racing out to 47 for the first wicket. From there, Renee MacMillan (3-19) made it difficult for Cornwall, who snuck over the line in the final over courtesy of a cameo by skipper Claire Crooks (15*).