Premier Cricket is well and truly underway as blistering hundreds, a near double, a hat trick and a game-changing six wickets in ten balls headlined a day dominated by the bat in the Honda Financial Premiership.
Cornwall vs. Parnell – Cornwall Park
Contrasting knocks have put Parnell in the driver’s seat as the visitors piled on the runs at Cornwall Park.
Ben Rainger battled through the majority of the first session only to be run out for 40 in the lead in to lunch. Flynn McGregor-Sumpter, meanwhile, hit a patient 95, as Cornwall broke several developing partnerships. Oscar Shepperson (4-80) began turning his day around with the wicket of McGregor-Sumpter, caught at backward point, before grabbing another before tea.
After tea, Aniket Pakikh moved through the gears. With the assistance of cameos by Fanie de Villiers and Josh Fisher, Parikh took Parnell past 350. Parikh’s 107, his first ton for the Peaches, came from just 87 deliveries as he plundered 12 fours and 4 sixes. Parnell declared at 367/9, before Ollie Pringle struck with the new ball. Cornwall will resume at 20/1 on Day Two.
Parnell 367/9 dec (A Parikh 107, F McGregor-Sumpter 95, B Rainger 40, O Shepperson 4-80) play Cornwall 20/1
Takapuna vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Onewa Domain
Twin centuries to Michael Barry and Mitchell Murray have given Suburbs the upper hand on Day One. The visitors didn’t have it all their own way, however, as Sineth Gunawardene was run out in the first over. Jonny Bassett-Graham played positively to overcome the early loss, before he was bowled on 42, making way for the defining partnership of the day.
The third-wicket stand between Barry and Murray took time to get moving, but by lunch the pair were rolling on, scoring 30 runs in the four overs before the break. There was no let-up when the players returned and it was Barry (127) who was first to register his century.
Takapuna rallied with three wickets before tea. By then, Suburbs were closing in on 300 and with Murray (111) still at the crease. The left-hander was regularly losing partners, but he found enough support to make his way through to a deserved century of his own. A run-out ended Suburbs’ inning at 345, before the Devereaux brothers, Sam and Luke, nabbed a wicket apiece to reduce Takapuna to 8/2. Daniel James and Mike Sclanders rebuilt to end the day at 47/2.
Suburbs New Lynn 345 (M Barry 127, M Murray 111, J Bassett-Graham 42) play Takapuna 47/2 (M Sclanders 31*)
Auckland University vs. Howick Pakuranga – Colin Maiden Park
Auckland University raced out of the blocks in the opening session, but Howick Pakuranga’s patience and will slowly turned Day One in the visitor’s favour.
University’s Vijay Anand and Aakash Prasad took on a barrage of short bowling and it paid off, passing 100 in the 21st over. Matt Blandford’s hearty first spell was eventually rewarded, bouncing out left-hander Prasad, who two balls before had hooked a six over fine leg. Adam Jones worked tirelessly through a 21-over spell dragging the visitors back into the contest.
Anand pulled a short delivery from Jones straight to backward square leg on 86, having taken the game to the Alpaca’s attack. Jones grabbed his second soon after slowing University’s racy start. Ash Vodnala held the host’s innings together through a tough afternoon of two-day cricket. In the end, Vodnala fell four short of what would have been his first ton for University.
Howick Pakuranga made significant inroads into University’s 287, by charging out past fifty in reply.
Auckland University 287 (A Vodnala 96, V Anand 86, A Prasad 32, A Jones 4-112, M Blandford 3-41) play Howick Pakuranga 51/0 (D Young 34*)
North Shore vs. Papatoetoe – Devonport Domain
A first Premier ton and a swift regroup late in the day has left North Shore placed favourably after an action-packed day in Devonport.
North Shore’s return to the top flight began precariously when left-arm seamer Lakshay Bhardwaj struck twice in the 11th over. Bhupinder Singh then claimed his first of five scalps, dismissing set opener Ryan Thomson on 32, leaving North Shore in need of a partnership.
It came via youngsters Simon Keene and Sam Hinds. The pair added 185 for the fourth wicket. Keene ruthlessly attacked the spinners off both the front and back foot, while Hinds took all of his boundaries, 13 fours and a six, from the seamers. Keene’s first Premier century, included 11 fours and 4 sixes. Hinds fell five short of the same feat as Singh ran through the second half of North Shore’s inning.
Josh Plummer was in no mood to muck around in pursuit of North Shore’s 292. The opener hit 63 off 39 balls, losing a pair of partners along the way. The experienced Tim Duncraft stemmed the flow with three wickets, including the big one of Plummer caught pulling to the leg side boundary. Tendai Chitongo struck two further blows to reduce the visitors to 127/5 at the close of play.
North Shore 292 (S Keene 100, S Hinds 95, R Thomson 35, B Singh 5-28) play Papatotoe 127/5 (J Plummer 66, T Duncraft 3-33)
Waitakere vs. Ellerslie – Te Atatu Park
Hassan Azad fell two short of the season’s first double-century as Ellerslie made hay against Waitakere in Te Atatu.
It hasn’t taken long for the Leicestershire batsman to show his class, scoring his second century for Ellerslie. Azad dominated the scoring during a pair of century stands with Abrar Alam (29) and Alan Burton (45). The right-hander hit a massive 28 boundaries during his 263-ball stay at Neil Ave as Waitakere’s bowlers toiled in the sun.
When Paul Whynn eventually ended Azad’s fine knock, Matt Wall (38*) and Varun Khanna (30) piled on an unbeaten 58 from 26 balls allowing Ellerslie to declare on 384/5, the highest team total of the day, in search of wickets late on. Waitakere, however, negotiated the remaining six overs safely ahead of a big chase on Day Two.
Ellerslie 384/5 (H Azad 198, A Burton 45, M Wall 38, V Khanna 30) play Waitakere 34/0
Grafton vs. Eden Roskill – Victoria Park
Eden Roskill showed their collective qualities with a dynamic batting performance as Grafton fought late in the day to leave this Round One match in the balance.
Swayam Desai and Barrington Rowland had few issues adjusting to red-ball cricket as the pair played patiently through the morning session. However Grafton’s leg-spinner Carl de Beer would dismiss them both either side of lunch. Jack Dymond compounded Eden Roskill’s troubles disrupting the visitor’s experienced middle order.
Eden Roskill’s returning skipper Raja Sandhu and all-rounder Bhavik Vora then turned the game on its head by hitting counter-attacking fifties. Hamish Robertson repeated the work of de Beer with scalps either side of tea. Eden Roskill’s tail lifted the total to 293.
Sachin Variath hit 23 out of Grafton’s first 25 runs, including 16 from the second over, but his dismissal gave Eden Roskill an opening. A further two wickets fell in quick succession before Mike Ruffell (38) and Nathan Fletcher (41) put on an unbeaten 51 before the close of play.
Eden Roskill 293 (R Sandhu 64, B Rowland 60, B Vora 53, S Desai 40, H Robertson 3-38, C de Beer 3-69) play Grafton 119/3 (N Fletcher 41, M Ruffell 38)
Birkenhead vs. East Coast Bays – Birkenhead War Memorial
Ryan Schierhout continues to put his name in lights with a rapid century as East Coast Bays made significant strides to a perfect start in the Tom Hellaby Trophy.
There were many remarkable aspects to Schierhout’s impressive knock. 115 runs. 79 deliveries. 12 fours. 9 sixes. Dismissed six overs before lunch.
Anuradha Jayampathi (4-66) wrested the momentum as nobody else in East Coast Bays’ top seven went past 25, leaving the match evenly poised at 200/7. The 8-9-10 trio of Blair Smith (44), Chris Groenink (50*) and Caleb Gaylard (61) came to the fore and lifted the visitors to 355/9 before they declared at tea.
Birkenhead’s day wasn’t going to get any easier; Tony Treadaway (42*) and Arjuna Jayasinghe, the only players to make double figures as the hosts crumbled to 116/7 as Phil Mecredy could do no wrong with the ball.
East Coast Bays 355/9 (R Schierhout 115, C Gaylard 61, C Groenink 50, B Smith 44, A Jayampathi 4-66) play Birkenhead 115/7 (A Jayasinghe 46, T Treadaway 42, P Mecredy 4-23)
Cornwall vs. Parnell – Cornwall Park
Cornwall ran out convincing victors in a game that will be remembered for some outstanding personal performances.
Saachi Shahri kicked off the Prichard Cup by hitting 161 off 133 balls. Shahri impressed of both the front and back feet, flaying 21 fours and 2 sixes as the hosts racked up 348 for 6. Katie Perkins was in a similar mood, supporting Shahri’s ton with 11 fours and a six in her 87.
Maddy Curran provided the highlight for Parnell with the ball taking a rare hat-trick in the final over, giving the visitors a boost before the break.
Parnell’s reply started positively, racing out to 66/1 inside the first ten overs. The chase was on track at 165/2. Emily Thurman then spoilt the party taking 7-45, including a miraculous 6 wickets in ten balls. Fran Jonas was also at her accurate best claiming opening day figures of 3-19.
Cornwall 348/6 (S Shahri 161, K Perkins 87, G Adams 30, M Curran 4-56) defeated Parnell 173 (S Naidu 44, Y Kareem 31, E Thurman 7-45, F Jonas 3-19) by 175 runs.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Takapuna – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Takapuna sounded a warning about how serious they take their 50-Over title defence after kicking off the summer with a dominant all-round display.
Experienced duo Lauren Down and Anlo van Deventer lead the way with the bat as the Ponie’s top order were challenged by some accurate bowling. Boundaries were hard to come by as finding gaps and running between the wickets took over. Manjli Sharma stamped her name on the second half of the innings taking 3-32 as the Llama’s restricted Takapuna to 220/9.
The target would take some scoring against Takapuna’s experienced attack. Roz McNeill made the task tougher from the outset taking a pair of wickets inside the first three overs. The early wickets set the tone for the remainder of the match. Five of the Ponies’ bowlers took two wickets to complete a comprehensive win.
Takapuna 220/9 (L Down 49, A van Deventer 41, M Sharma 3-32) defeated Howick Pakuranga 65 by 155 runs.
Auckland University vs. Papatoetoe – Colin Maiden Park
Holly Huddleston played a mature knock as Auckland University overcame a slow start to get their season underway at home against Papatoetoe.
Maliah Tato caught University on the hop, dismissing experienced openers Anna Peterson and Katie Gurrey in the first four overs. Huddleston soaked up the early pressure with Jesse Prasad rotating the strike. The third-wicket partnership of 80 would be the best of the day and allow Huddleston to free up later on.
Papatoetoe shut down the middle order. Helen Semau (4-43) shone at the death, claiming the big wicket of Huddleston for 93. University were eventually bowled out for 224, seven overs short of the allotted 50.
Papatoetoe’s chase started brightly with Tessa Hickson and Regina Lilii regularly finding the boundary. Anna Peterson (5-23) made the first breakthrough with Papatoetoe past 50. The score had almost doubled by the time Peterson returned to the attack to turn the game in her side’s favour; two wickets in the 24th over and two more in the 28th left Papatoetoe 100 away from victory. Lilii (61) fought valiantly with the tail, but Prasad (3-28) would have the final say.
Auckland University 224 (H Huddleston 93, H Semau 4-43, M Tato 3-35) defeated Papatoetoe 149 (R Lilii 64, T Hickson 31, A Peterson 5-23, J Prasad 3-28) by 75 runs.