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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 14 December

Club Cricket

Honda Financial Premiership Report | 14 December

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

The final action in the Jeff Crowe Cup and Pearl Dawson Trophy for 2019 has left many sides right in the playoff hunt when both Honda Financial Premiership competitions resume in January.

Premier Men
Jeff Crowe Cup

Round Four

Suburbs New Lynn vs. Waitakere – Ken Maunder Park

Suburbs New Lynn were too strong for Waitakere with both bat and ball as the hosts consolidated their playoff hopes.

It didn’t take long for debutant Carl Brungar to get his Suburbs’ career underway, taking his first wicket off his fourth delivery. Rajat Kumar (38) and James Venkatrao took their time in setting a platform, but Suburbs’ skipper Michael Barry used his bowlers perfectly. Anas Patel was next to strike before Barry got in on the act. Spinners Mitchell Murray (4-25) and Dane Watson then took over as Waitakere were bowled out for 148 in the 48th over.

The hosts lost Tristan Payle early on, but there were no signs of panic as Barry joined opener Raj Majithia. The pair wasted little time in getting on top of Waitakere’s bowlers, adding 74 for the second wicket. When Barry became Robert Evans’ second wicket, Finn Allen entered the fray and he was with Majithia at the end. Majithia’s unbeaten 64 included 8 fours and a winning single as Suburbs took victory with 22.1 overs to spare.

Waitakere 148 (R Kumar 38, M Murray 4-25) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 149/2 (R Majithia 64*, M Barry 36) by eight wickets.

Cornwall vs. North Shore – Cornwall Park

Aditya Dhadwal’s fifth half-century of the summer and a superb all-round bowling effort led Cornwall to a clinical victory over North Shore.

Tim Duncraft and Tendai Chitongo struck twice early on, reducing Cornwall to 32/2 after the first ten overs. The sluggish start didn’t hamper Dhadwal and Sam Crooks (42), however, as the pair put together 91 for the third wicket. Dhadwal hit six boundaries during his patient 89, before Graeme Beghin struck twice late on. Jack Cassidy’s late cameo lifted Cornwall to 224/6.

North Shore’s chase never took flight. Off-spinner Brad Chemaly bowled a solitary over with the new ball and it was enough to nab Cornwall’s first wicket. Abidine Sakande back it up with the wicket of Mitch Bremner in the third over and Cornwall were on a roll. Matt Gibson’s three wickets scythed through the middle order as North Shore tumbled further. Caleb Brookland claimed the final two wickets as Cornwall head into Christmas leading Pool A. 

Cornwall 224/6 (Ad Dhadwal 89, S Crooks 42, J Cassidy 33) defeated North Shore 104 (M Gibson 3-19) by 120 runs.

Birkenhead vs. Grafton – Birkenhead War Memorial

Grafton continued their impressive showing in the Jeff Crowe Cup, defeating Birkenhead to register a third One-Day win. 

Jack Dymond was again at the forefront of Grafton’s attack, cutting short the promising knocks of Birkenhead’s openers. Laurie Agnew (42) and Tony Treadaway took the score past 100, but Grafton were able to keep the pair tied down and the inning fell away after Nikheil Bhana snaffled them both. Kyle Ruffell picked up three wickets stifling Birkenhead’s lower order rebuild.

Birkenhead would need early wickets if their 182 was going to stand up. Anurudha Jayampathi combined with Akash Christian to get the first two before an in-form Michael Ruffell (79*) took responsibility of guiding Grafton to victory. 

Birkenhead 182 (L Agnew 42, K Ruffell 3-32) lost to Grafton 183/5 (M Ruffell 79*) by five wickets.

Takapuna vs. Howick Pakuranga – Onewa Domain

Max O’Dowd’s second successive Jeff Crowe Cup century gave Takapuna an important six-wicket win over Howick Pakuranga. 

After Takapuna ran riot with three wickets in the first 12 overs, fifties to Howick Pakuranga trio David Winn (91), Andrew Morrison (71) and Donovan Grobbelaar built the visitors what looked like a winning total. Winn and Morrison put together 142 for the fourth wicket, allowing Grobbelaar to blast 2 fours and 7 sixes in his 61 off 28 balls. Ross ter Braak’s brilliant spell at the death saw the left-armer twice on a hat trick as Howick Pakuranga were held to 276/9. 

Taine Jolley gave Howick Pakuranga the perfect start with the wicket of Will O’Donnell. O’Dowd then featured in back-to-back century partnerships with both Ben Beecroft (68) and Mike Sclanders (55) on his way to an unbeaten 104. Adam Jones ended both those stands, but much of the heavy lifting had been done by O’Dowd’s second century of the season.

Howick Pakuranga 276/9 (D Winn 91, A Morrison 71, D Grobbelaar 61, R ter Braak 6-34) lost to Takapuna 277/4 (M O’Dowd 104*, B Beecroft 68, M Sclanders 55) by six wickets.

Parnell vs. Papatoetoe – Shore Road

Ganesh Ratnasabapathy gave Parnell another perfect start with the ball to help set up a comfortable five-wicket win over Papatoetoe.

Papatoetoe hit three sixes before Ratnasabapathy struck twice in the fifth over. Skipper Logan Clark and Navi Doel fought to restore some balance, but Parnell’s bowlers ensured they kept the pressure on. Regular wickets hampered any real chance of recovery as Aniket Parikh and Fanie de Villiers made significant inroads through the middle and lower order.

Chasing 184, Ben Rae knew he could afford to take his time and did just that, hitting an unbeaten 77 off 120 deliveries. The experienced opener lost five partners along the way, but Brad Rodden’s 41 eased any pressure on the hosts as the table-toppers registered a fourth consecutive 50-over win.

Papatoetoe 184 (L Clark 38, G Ratnasabapathy 3-23, A Parikh 3-42) lost to Parnell 188/5 (B Rae 77*, B Rodden 41) by five wickets.

Ellerslie vs. Auckland University – Michaels Ave

Jonathan Low’s unbeaten fifty at the back end of the Auckland University inning allowed the visitors to set Ellerslie an imposing total and register a second Jeff Crowe Cup win.

Beau Dench (46) and Conor Ansell (40) both found conditions to their liking as University’s first two partnerships went past fifty. Alan Burton bowled unchanged through the middle and his three wickets slowed University down, but Ash Vodnala’s fourth half-century of the summer helped set the death overs up for Low (64*) to prosper.

In reply, Hassan Azad (68) provided Ellerslie with stability at the top. The opener, however, lost three partners inside the first ten overs as Vijay Anand made a pair of crucial blows. Dipesh Patel took his time as he rebuilt with Azad. The pair put on 91 before University’s spinners came into the match. Vodnala had Patel stumped before Jeet Patel bowled Azad. Ellerslie continued to fight, but the damage had largely been done.

Auckland University 261/6 (J Low 64*, A Vodnala 51, B Dench 46, C Ansell 40, A Burton 3-31) defeated Ellerslie 223 (H Azad 68, D Patel 37, D Kharel 31, J Patel 3-59) by 38 runs.

Eden Roskill vs. East Coast Bays – Keith Hay Park

Eden Roskill put a dent in East Coast Bays’ playoff push as Barrington Rowland’s ton lead his side to the highest score of the day.

Rowland arrived at the crease at the end of the sixth over and walked off Keith Hay Park with a run-a-ball 127. It wasn’t a lone hand by the veteran, with opener Syed Mujtaba (46) and Vamshi Puppala (77) playing fine supporting knocks. Seam duo Phil Mecredy and Blair Smith together claimed seven wickets as Eden Roskill finished their fifty overs on 326/8.

Ryan Schierhout’s 61 gave East Coast Bays the start the visitors would have wanted. Bays’ progress didn’t stop there with skipper Seb Langridge (57) and Daniel Winter (46) helping their side to 194/3 after 29 overs. With Bays running away with the chase, Eden Roskill hit back hard to turn the match in their favour. Harjot Johal (3-47) and Jeet Kumar (2-31) were central to the comeback before Bhavik Vora’s three wickets wrapped up Eden Roskill’s first Jeff Crowe Cup win of the season.

Eden Roskill 326/8 (B Rowland 127, V Puppala 77, S Mutjaba 46, P Mecredy 4-84, B Smith 3-73) defeated East Coast Bays 269 (R Schierhout 61, S Langridge 57, D Winter 46, H Johal 3-47, B Vora 3-52) by 57 runs.

Premier Women
Pearl Dawson Trophy

Round Three

Papatoetoe vs. Takapuna – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Takapuna survived setting just 58 in a shortened match against a previously unbeaten Papatoetoe side. There wasn’t much to speak of with the bat for either side. Carol Agafili’s three wickets kept Takapuna in check before Sydney Bultitude and Jane Barnett kept up their recent form and bowled Takapuna to victory.

Takapuna 58/6 (C Agafili 3-23) defeated Papatoetoe 46 (S Bultitude 3-12, J Barnett 3-15) by 12 runs.

Auckland University vs. Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Auckland University prevailed in a low-scoring six over match with Parnell. Alex Eastwood (2-7) and Sam Petherick (2-6) made the most of their short spells as Parnell finished on 24/5. Despite losing three wickets, University were never truly under pressure.

Parnell 24/5 lost to Auckland University 25/3 by seven wickets.

Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Alyssa Bowden’s 27 lead Howick Pakuranga to a crucial victory over Cornwall as another match was delayed by rain. The hosts 74/5 proved too many for Cornwall, whose young top order were kept in check. Cornwall did well to remain in contention until the end, having been unable to find the boundary throughout their 12-over chase.

Howick Pakuranga 74/5 defeated Cornwall 67/4 by seven runs.

Round Four

Howick Pakuranga vs. Takapuna – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Takapuna were far more convincing against Howick Pakuranga as the visitors notched up a second victory of the day. The Llama’s batted first and lost only two wickets as Alyssa Bowden and Holly Topp played through most of the inning. Amberly Parr then took three wickets, but Izzy Gaze (39) and Jane Barnett (22*) kept cool heads as Takapuna won with two overs to spare.

Howick Pakuranga 95/2 (A Bowden 46, H Topp 36) lost to Takapuna 97/4 (I Gaze 39, A Parr 3-10) by six wickets.

Cornwall vs. Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Parnell pulled off a successful chase to pick up a first victory of the season. Amie Hucker played a huge role in getting Cornwall up to 96/6 from their 20 overs. The Parnell bowlers worked together to keep a lid on their opponents. Cornwall’s bowlers returned serve, but Lexi Bassett and Hetali Patel added 27 runs for the 7th wicket, including three from the final ball, to sneak Parnell over the line.

Cornwall 96/6 (A Hucker 39) lost to Parnell 97/6 by four wickets.

Auckland University vs. Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Auckland University made it two from two on the day as Sam Petherick backed up her earlier bowling heroics with an unbeaten 46 with the bat. Papatoetoe’s Kolotita Lui Nonu claimed three wickets late on to keep University under 140. In reply, Papatoetoe’s chase never got going as Ahalya Babu settled in on a line and length, grabbing two wickets from her first three overs.

Auckland University 138/6 (S Petherick 46*, K Lui Nonu 3-13) defeated Papatoetoe 35/9 (A Babu 3-6) by 103 runs.