Parnell vs. Takapuna – Shore Road
Parnell and Takapuna are proving to be inseparable and the rollercoaster continued with a pair of defiant partnerships helping Parnell extend their lead at the top of the Hedley Howarth table.
The match was evenly poised at the end of Day One, but the Pirates arrived on Day Two with first-innings points in mind. Matt Jones (4-65) and Will O’Donnell bowled tirelessly to get Takapuna back in the game. The run-out of Ben Rainger in the 4th over of the morning session was a sign of things to come for Parnell.
When Jones trapped Flynn McGregor-Sumpter in front for 29 and O’Donnell bowled Brad Rodden, Parnell slipped to 82/4. It didn’t get any easier for the hosts when Jones picked up the wicket of Ollie Pringle. A second run-out accounted for the dangerous Josh Fisher, while Aniket Parikh patiently grafted away.
Parikh was given sound support, firstly by Fanie de Villiers (37) and then Harry Miller (28*). The seventh wicket accounted for 65, but Jones wasn’t done just yet nabbing de Villiers with Parnell still 66 behind. Miller joined Parikh and the pair outlasted the Pirates’ spinners to claim important first-innings points; Parikh, the hero of the day, finishing with 77* off 178 balls.
Takapuna 236 (W O’Donnell 90, D James 54, F de Villiers 3-43) lost to Parnell 242/7 (A Parikh 77*, F de Villiers 37, B Rae 36, M Jones 4-65) on first innings.
North Shore vs. Howick Pakuranga – Devonport Domain
Howick Pakuranga started Day Two with some serious batting to do but it was the spin twins of Ronnie Hira and Tendai Chitongo who helped North Shore take the spoils.
Day Two started with Brian Barnard and David Winn (30) at the crease and the pair made North Shore work through the opening hour. Hira eventually got one to spin past Winn’s outside edge and into the right-hander’s off-stump to break a 96-run fifth-wicket partnership.
Barnard remained a threat to North Shore as the powerful right-hander went past fifty. Hira, though, was accurate and building pressure. The wicket of Bill Walsh followed, bringing Donovan Grobbelaar (30) to the crease. It was a tense battle for the next couple of hours as both Barnard and Grobbelaar showed all of their experience to edge closer and closer.
The North Shore spinners continued to test the Howick Pakuranga pair. Hira found some extra bite and Grobbelaar’s outside edge to break the threatening seventh-wicket stand. Chitongo followed it with the big wicket of Barnard, who chopped on a bouncy googly for a patient 104 off 164 balls. Hira claimed the final two wickets, both leg-before, to finish with 5-25 as Howick Pakuranga were bowled out for 185.
North Shore 262 (G Beghin 67, A Wickramanayake 51, S Hinds 39, D Grobbelaar 5-47, R Botadra 3-61) and 7/1 defeated Howick Pakuranga 185 (B Barnard 104, D Grobbelaar 33, D Winn 30, R Hira 5-25) on first innings.
Cornwall vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
Abidine Sakande and Matt Gibson made sure Cornwall’s fine batting display on Day One would not go to waste against Auckland University.
Gibson got Cornwall started with the wickets of both openers inside the first 11 overs. Sakande chimed in for a third before Gibson (3-40) struck again in his second spell of Day Two. When Graham Clark (46) was run out, University were in deep trouble at 113/5.
Sakande (4-40) fired up against the tail and was rewarded with three more wickets as University were all out for 148 midway through the second session.
With a substantial lead, Cornwall took the opportunity to get some batting practice. While Caleb Jasmat cut short the starts of Caleb Brookland and Amit Dhadwal, Aditya Dhadwal powered 8 fours and 3 sixes during a dynamic knock of 70 from 47 balls. Cornwall made their way to 141/3 before the players decided to shake hands.
Cornwall 365/7 dec. (Am Dhadwal 106, Ad Dhadwal 92, S Crooks 69*, J Hayes 56) and 141/3 (Ad Dhadwal 70) defeated Auckland University 148 (G Clark 46, A Sakande 4-40, M Gibson 3-40) on first innings.
Papatoetoe vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Papatoetoe Recreation
After Papatoetoe’s long day of batting on Day One, Suburbs New Lynn entered Day Two looking to replicate the patience.
Raj Majithia and Michael Barry (62) reconsolidated after the early loss of Tristan Payle, who became the first victim of last week’s hero, Ish Sohi. Barry was next to go, but not before he had added 150 for the second wicket with Majithia.
Suburbs stumbled thereafter until Majithia found support in Jonny Bassett-Graham (44). The pair kept the Papatoetoe bowlers honest on a warm Auckland day as Majithia brought up his second consecutive century. During the right-hander’s 200-ball stay at the crease, he hit 11 fours and a six on his way to 121.
Majithia’s dismissal, however, sparked Papatotoe into action and Sohi found some extra zip. Luke Istead and Sunit Birla both claimed two wickets, but it was Sohi (4-56) who proved the toughest to deal with as Suburbs were eventually all out for 305.
Papatoetoe 398/7 dec. (I Sohi 95*, S Setia 67, N Aujla 67, D Singh 50, J Dunford 30) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 305 (R Majithia 121, M Barry 62, J Bassett-Graham 44, I Sohi 4-56) on first innings.
Grafton vs. Birkenhead – Victoria Park
Michael Ruffell’s third hundred of the season gave Grafton a first-innings lead before another fine bowling performance helped set up an outright victory over Birkenhead.
Six overs into Day Two, Michael Ruffell (103*) reached three figures, Grafton claimed first innings points and the declaration came. It didn’t take long for Grafton to make early inroads with both Birkenhead openers out in the first five overs. Four different bowlers took the first four wickets for Grafton as Birkenhead fell to 37/4.
Then Carl de Beer (4-18) and Jack Dymond (3-29) took over. Dymond put an end to a couple of middle-order starts, leaving leg-spinner de Beer to wipe away the Birkenhead tail. In the end, Birkenhead were all out for 134, with Oneash Labrooy top-scoring with 31.
Despite the early loss of Kyle Ruffell, it was a rather simple chase of 106. Alex Edwards (44), Michael Ruffell (36*) and Harrison Ward wasted no time in claiming outright points, tracking down the target in the 16th over.
Birkenhead 227 (H Chakraborty 96, A Jayasinghe 45, A Jayampathi 30*, H Robertson 5-22) and 134 (O Labrooy 31, C de Beer 4-18, J Dymond 3-29) lost outright to Grafton 256/6 (M Ruffell 103*, H Robertson 46, K Ruffell 37, R Meadows 3-65) and 106/2 (A Edwards 44, M Ruffell 36*) by eight wickets.
Eden Roskill vs. Waitakere – Keith Hay Park
Leaders Eden Roskill extended their lead at the top of the Tom Hellaby Trophy table with an innings victory over Waitakere.
With two players nearing centuries and batting points on offer, Eden Roskill batted on at the start of Day Two. While Swayam Desai fell five short of his century, Shaniel Sharma made the most of the opportunity to play without pressure, scoring 130 off 97 balls. The left-hander’s knock included 19 fours and 2 sixes. Brad Nash proved the best of the visiting bowlers picking up 5 for 95 as Eden Roskill declared with a lead of 184.
Waitakere started brightly with Shozib Mirza (69) and Rajat Kumar (43) putting 82 for the second wicket. The innings fell away from that point on.
Batting at five, Tony Treadaway hit 35, but once Oyashik Chakraborty and Bhavik Vora settled into their spells, Waitakere had few answers. Chakraborty finished with outstanding figures of 5-24 as he wrapped up an Eden Roskill victory by an innings and five runs.
Waitakere 158 (T Treadaway 46, K Minhas 36, R Evans 30, B Rowland 4-28, B Vora 3-34) and 179 (S Mirza 69, R Kumar 43, T Treadaway 35, O Chakraborty 5-24) lost outright to Eden Roskill 342/9 dec. (S Sharma 130, S Desai 95, S Mujtaba 32, B Nash 5-95) by an innings and five runs.
Ellerslie vs. East Coast Bays – Michaels Avenue
East Coast Bays snuck home to claim outright points against Ellerslie and stay firmly in the race for the Tom Hellaby Trophy.
With first-innings points and two second-innings wickets in their pocket to start Day Two, East Coast Bays will have wanted to hit the ground running. Stephen Venville and Abrar Alam (41) spent considerable time at the wicket, but neither could go on with their respective promising starts.
Left-armer Caleb Gaylard was at the heart of the Bays’ attack, while Hassan Azad knuckled down in the middle order. Gaylard took the first three wickets before Ryan Schierhout dismissed Venville for a patient 38. Bays’ lunch was given added vigour when Gaylard nabbed two wickets in three balls.
At 127/7, when Gaylard picked up his sixth wicket, an early finish was on cards. With Azad at the other end, Ellerslie skipper Matt Wall counterattacked to the tune of 59 off 67 balls. In the end, Ellerslie were bowled out for 216, leaving Bays a chase of 182 from 36 overs.
Ellerslie didn’t make it easy for the visitors and with Bays at 110/5, the reverse outright was well and truly on. Ryan Harrison (60*) added to his first-innings hundred and five wickets in the match, while Michael Ross hit a breezy 35 off 26 to take Bays to victory in the final over of the day.
Ellerslie 155 (A Burton 59, D Kharel 37, R Harrison 4-21) and 216 (M Wall 59, H Azad 41, A Alam 41, S Venville 38, C Gaylard 6-51) lost outright to East Coast Bays 190/3 (R Harrison 104, T van Ingen-Kal 63*) and 184/5 (R Harrison 60*, M Ross 35*) by five wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Papatoetoe – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Batting first, Howick Pakuranga were unable to build a significant partnership. Holly Topp and Lauren Ross were patient to start, but Papatoetoe would eventually get on top. Anna Orpin (3-11) and Taofi Lafai (3-23) led the way for the visitors with three wickets apiece, while Carol Agafili bagged the big wicket of Brooke Halliday. Jessica Tully top-scored with 19 not out as the Llamas were bowled out for 107.
Papatoetoe skipper Regina Lilii then led the chase. It was another excellent knock from Lilii, who lost a pair of partners inside the opening five overs. Kolotita Lui Nonu stood tall, adding 85 for the third wicket with her skipper. Lilii was there at the end on 64 not out off 75 balls to keep Papatoetoe’s slim Final chances alive.
Howick Pakuranga 107 (A Orpin 3-11, T Lafai 3-23) lost to Papatoetoe 109/3 (R Lilii 64*) by seven wickets.
Auckland University vs. Cornwall – Colin Maiden Park
Auckland University kickstarted their bumper weekend with a tight two-wicket win over Cornwall.
Opener Annie Ewart gave Cornwall someone to bat around, falling one short of a patient fifty. Naomi Matthews (4-27) sparked University to life with three wickets in two overs as Cornwall fell from 64/1 to 68/4. While Dillyn Ward, Phoebe Jones and Lydia Battin all tried to get Cornwall through to 50 overs, University kept the pressure on as Alex Eastwood and Rebecca Ellison both took two wickets.
Chasing 148, University lost a lot of firepower in the opening three overs. Emily Thurman took two return chances in her first over before Jones found an edge. Katie Gurrey, however, remained positive despite the situation of the game. When Isabelle O’Connell claimed the wickets of Gurrey and Eastwood, the game was again in the balance. Zara Smith (3-30) joined the action and University were soon 93/8. Vic Lind (31*), coming in at ten, walked to the wicket and with the help of Nikita Parshotam (20*), guided the chase home.
Cornwall 147 (A Ewart 49, N Matthews 4-27) lost to Auckland University 148/9 (V Lind 31*, K Gurrey 30, Z Smith 3-30) by two wickets.
Takapuna vs. Parnell – Hobsonville Domain
Anlo van Deventer pulled off an incredible heist against Parnell to keep Takapuna undefeated in the Prichard Cup.
Parnell openers Yaz Kareem and Maddy Curran put on 60 for the first wicket to give the visitors an excellent platform. Claire Mains kept things tight upfront, allowing spinners Lauren Heaps and Jane Barnett to prosper through the middle. Kareem held the innings together, scoring 83 off 120 balls, and batting through 42 overs, leaving Stephanie Carr (35*) and Shriya Naidu (33*) to play boldly at the death.
The chase was well and truly left to van Deventer. Naidu bowled both openers during an excellent six-over spell. Sydney Bultitude was briefly by van Deventer’s side, but wickets continued to tumble regularly. van Deventer continued to play her stroked despite losing partners. Wicketkeeper Ruby Worrall helped van Deventer to Takapuna’s best partnership of the day – 58 for the seventh wicket.
By the time Takapuna were down to their last wicket, van Deventer had brought up a deserved hundred. The skipper, however, was running out of support as Samantha Brake-Howard picked up her second and third wickets. The Ponies still required 19 runs when number 11, Siobhan McGhee-Turnock, joined her skipper. van Deventer took charge of the situation, hitting 17 off her next 8 balls to take Takapuna to a one-wicket win.
Parnell 216/4 (Y Kareem 83, S Carr 35*, S Naidu 33*) lost to Takapuna 217/9 (A van Deventer 127*) by one wicket.