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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 14 December

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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 14 December

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Premier Men 

Jeff Crowe Cup | Round One

Suburbs New Lynn 185 (T Patel 67, M Barry 36, L Dasent 4-24, S Marra 3-30) lost to Cornwall 186/4 (Am Dhadwal 72*, Ad Dhadwal 61, B Megson 32*) six wickets.

Cornwall kicked off their Jeff Crowe Cup campaign with a big win over Suburbs New Lynn. Batting first, Tejas Patel (67) and Michael Barry (36) put Suburbs in prime position for a big total. Spin duo Lucas Dasent (4-24) and Scott Marra (3-30) then turned the match in the hosts’ favour as Suburbs collapsed from 116/1 to 185 all out. 

In reply, the Dhadwal brothers, Amit (72*) and Aditya (61) put on 97 for the second wicket to set the chase in motion. Adithya Ashok (2-15) threatened to drag Suburbs back into the contest before Ben Megson (32*) helped Amit Dhadwal capture a first-up win for Cornwall. 

Auckland University 233 (J Low 49, A Prasad 47, C Ansell 46, D van Deventer 3-27, F de Villiers 3-49) lost to Parnell 236/7 (A Lane 81, F McGregor-Sumpter 64, K Mackenzie 4-50) by three wickets.

Parnell broke several promising Auckland University partnerships before surviving a late scare to take the points at Colin Maiden Park. Jonathan Low (49), Aakash Prasad (47) and Connor Ansell (46) all fell in sight of half-centuries as Fanie de Villiers (3-49) controlled the middle of the University innings. At the death, Dean van Deventer (3-27) cleaned up the tail to prevent a big finish.

Chasing 234, a classy second-wicket stand between skipper Andy Lane (81) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (64) took Parnell to 150 in the 25th over. Just when the pair had Parnell cruising towards a comfortable victory, University leg-spinner Keiren Mackenzie (4-50) sparked a collapse. At 201/7, van Deventer (27*) hit four boundaries to take the Peaches to a three-wicket win in the 41st over. 

East Coast Bays 239/8 (R Harrison 82*, R Schierhout 46, T van Ingen-Kal 40, S Keene 3-54) lost to North Shore 243/6 (H Chakraborty 101, R Hira 47*, M Olsen 30, R Harrison 3-50) by four wickets (DLS).

North Shore overturned Wednesday’s T20 defeat to East Coast Bays with a four-wicket win of their own at Devonport Domain. Ryan Harrison starred for Bays with 82*, while Ryan Schierhout (46) and Tristan van Ingen-Kal (40) held the early part of the inning together. For Shore, Simon Keene (3-54) led a fine bowling display as the hosts kept Bays to 239/8 from their 49 overs.

The change in format was just the ticket for Hemadri Chakraborty, who scored his first hundred for North Shore. Chakraborty put on 53 for the first wicket with skipper Michael Olsen (30) before Bays turned to Harrison (3-50) for a breakthrough and the all-rounder delivered as Shore slid to 148/4. Chakraborty needed support and found it in Ronnie Hira (47*); when the opener was bowled for 101 off 87 balls, Mitch Bremner (27) helped Hira wrest the match Shore’s way.

Howick Pakuranga 302/5 (A Morrison 132, D Winn 105, J Sussex 3-62) defeated Takapuna 215 (B Beecroft 67, R Quinn 52, M McClenaghan 3-32, A Jones 3-38) by 87 runs.

Twin hundreds by skipper Andy Morrison and David Winn helped guide Howick Pakuranga to the highest total of the day against Takapuna. The pair came together at 4/2 and added 251 for the third wicket. Morrison (132 off 126 balls) was the aggressor, hitting 18 fours and a six, while Winn’s 105 off 135 balls included 8 fours. Though Jordan Sussex (3-62) nabbed both centurions in the final ten overs, Howick Pakuranga finished on 302/5.

Regular wickets curtailed the Takapuna chase. It was a long way back from 86/5, but Ben Beecroft (67) and Ryan Quinn (52) gave Takapuna a chance by building away through the middle overs. When Adam Jones (3-38) claimed the wicket of Beecroft, and Mitchell McClenaghan (3-32) had Quinn caught behind, the hosts once again seized the initiative and eventually claimed an 87-run victory.

Richard Jones Cup | Round One

Hibiscus Coast 201/8 (R Lakmal 75, T Coetzee 32, K Minhas 4-25, Q Taljaard 4-31) lost to Waitakere 204/1 (B Barnard 113*, S Mirza 79*) by nine wickets.

There was a lot to like about the first half of Hibiscus Coast’s Richard Jones Cup debut against Waitakere. Batting first, Ramesh Lakmal (75) and Tim Coetzee (32) were asked to rebuild from 21/2 and the pair did just that putting on 91 for the third wicket. The innings then fell away under the pressure of Kavi Minhas (4-25) and Quintin Taljaard (4-31) as Hibiscus Coast ground out 201/8.

The early wicket of Minhas by Lakmal had Hibiscus Coast buzzing around early, but that brought together Brian Barnard and Shozib Mirza, who enjoyed an afternoon on their home track. Barnard (113*) raised his bat for the second time this season, hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes, while Mirza’s 11 fours helped see him unbeaten on 79 when Waitakere claimed a nine-wicket win in the 39th over. 

Ellerslie 166/9 (A Ogra 34, D Kharel 30, H Robertson 4-19, J Dymond 3-37) lost to Grafton 168/5 (N Bhana 40*, H Robertson 35*) by five wickets.

Grafton were made to work for their opening Richard Jones Cup victory against Ellerslie, with skipper Hamish Robertson playing an all-round hand. Ellerslie had several starts at the top of the order as Varun Khanna (27), Adi Ogra (34) and Dinesh Kharel (30) all spent considerable time at the crease. Robertson (4-19) was the man to cause most concern during the middle overs and was well-supported by in-form Jack Dymond (3-37).

Chasing 167, Ellerslie hit back. At 62/4, the match was again in the balance and Grafton looked to the resolve of their middle order. It came through Kyle Ruffell (25), Robertson (35*) and Nikheil Bhana (40*), who grafted to the total for a five-wicket win.

Birkenhead 235/8 (J O’Brien 78, A Jayampathi 70, C Rajapaksha 40, P Kumar 3-42) defeated Kumeu 169 (T Satti 31, M Masand 4-37) by 66 runs.

Birkenhead showed considerable character to overcome a spirited opening by newcomers Kumeu. Kumeu’s Jay Patel (2-39) made early inroads before James O’Brien (78) and Chamal Rajapaksha (40) hit the reset button. Despite the 70-run third-wicket stand, the visitors stayed in the fight through a double-strike by Sagar Raniga. At 108/5, Birkenhead needed another partnership and O’Brien combined with Anurudha Jayampathi (70) for 111 important runs. 

Though the top order all made starts to keep Kumeu in the chase of 236, Mayur Masand returned the figures of 4-37 to ensure no partnership truly got going. While Birkenhead would have been wary of former player Tazz Satti (30) in the middle order, Jayampathi added a pair of wickets to his batting blitz to help Birkenhead to a comfortable 66-run win.

Papatoetoe 288 (B Rowland 125, L Clark 69, J Plummer 31, H Johal 5-31) defeated Eden Roskill 270 (O Chakraborty 79, V Puppala 56, J Kumar 37,

A Prasad 3-37) by 18 runs.

Papatoetoe and Eden Roskill lived up to the billing, playing out the closest match of the day. Eden Roskill knew what they would be up against lining up against former player Barrington Rowland (125), who played a major part in Papatoetoe’s win, hitting 13 fours and 3 sixes. Further top order runs from Logan Clark (69) and Josh Plummer (31) helped Papatoetoe rack up 288, despite Harjot Johal picking up fine figures of 5-31.

In reply, Eden Roskill were in good shape when Oyishik Chakraborty (79) and Vamshi Puppala (56) were together. Avnit Prasad, however, struck thrice through the middle to help reduce the visitors to 221/8. With plenty of time and still needing 68 to win, Jeet Kumar (37) threatened to pull off a heist with the tail, only to be run-out by Rowland 18 runs short of victory.

Premier Women

Prichard Cup | Round Seven

Cornwall 178 (K Perkins 41, G Harris 3-31) defeated Howick Pakuranga 85 (K Anderson 41, B Illing 3-13) by 93 runs. 

Cornwall kept in touch with leaders Takapuna with a commanding victory over Howick Pakuranga. Katie Perkins marked her return for Cornwall by top-scoring with 41, while teammates Tariel Lamb (29) and Sarah Carnachan (28) took their time against a testing Howick Pakuranga attack. For the hosts, Georgina Harris picked up 3-31 as Cornwall were all out fo 178 in the 44th over.

Cornwall have a fine attack of their own and it didn’t take long for Breearne Illing (3-13) and Amie Hucker to make early inroads. Kate Anderson (41) survived the fiery opening only to see Fran Jonas, Emily Thurman and Bella Armstrong all pick up two wickets to clinch a 93-run win to close out 2020.

Takapuna 241/7 (A van Deventer 112, R McNeill 34) defeated Parnell 70 (S Bultitude 5-16) by 171 runs.

Takapuna skipper Anlo van Deventer led her side out of considerable trouble, setting up a big win over Parnell at Shore Road. Having come in at No. 3, and seeing two more partners depart in the opening exchanges, van Deventer combined with Roz McNeill (34) for a fourth-wicket stand of 108. The partnership changed the complexion of the afternoon and van Deventer would eventually be dismissed in the 48th over for 112 off 109 balls. 

Chasing 242, Parnell couldn’t come to terms with Takapuna openers Clare Mains (2-6) and McNeill, who conceded a combined eight runs from the first ten overs. Takapuna kept the clamps on during the middle overs before Sydney Bultitude (5-16) ran through the second half of the order to seal another big Ponies victory.

Auckland University 255/8 (K Gurrey 122*, A Peterson 30) defeated Papatoetoe 235/9 (E Richardson 97, R Lilii 30, P Catton 3-43) by 20 runs.

Auckland University are off the mark with a tight win over Papatoetoe at Colin Maiden Park. Katie Gurrey batted through University’s 50-overs, leading the hosts to 255/8. On her return to club cricket, Anna Peterson (30) helped race University out to 55/1 at the end of the first powerplay. Gurrey dominated the rest of the inning, finishing on 122 not out off 130 balls. Regina Lilii, Charlotte Sarsfield and Eimear Richardson all took two wickets to help keep new players coming to the crease.

The visitors were given another dynamic start by Richardson (97), with the right-hander hitting 15 fours during her 72-ball knock. Regina Lilii (30) was the next best of the Papatoetoe batters before University spinners Prue Catton (3-43) and Naomi Hay (2-5) took care of the middle and lower order. Sarsfield (29*) saw Papatoetoe through to the final over as the visitors fell 20 runs short. 

The Premier Women’s competition now takes a break over Christmas and returns with Pearl Dawson T20 action on 9 January.