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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 21 December

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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 21 December

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Premier Men
T20 Championship

Round 3

Howick Pakuranga vs. Grafton – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Howick Pakuranga fired up their bowling attack for the third time in the T20 Championship, holding Grafton down from the very start. Jamie Brown (2-25) was the first to strike, before spinners Rowan Naude (3-16) and Adam Jones controlled the middle of the innings. Harrison Ward held the early part of innings together, but Michael Ruffell (27*) lost several partners as Grafton limped past 100.

Chasing 107, Bill Walsh and Colin Munro played contrasting roles at the top of the order. Walsh took his time, while Munro (28) played aggressively hitting 4 fours and a six. Glenn Phillips (43*) and Brian Barnard (25*) then combined for an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 60 as Howick Pakuranga made it three from three. 

Grafton 106/9 (R Naude 3-16) lost to Howick Pakuranga 112/2 (G Phillips 43*) by eight wickets.

Papatoetoe vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Papatoetoe openers Harshal Vyas (50) and Josh Plummer (24) made a flying start. The pair took the score to 61/0 from the first six overs. Ajit Rajkumar then took four wickets and Lucas Dasent conceded only 10 runs from his four overs as the spinners dragged Cornwall back into the match. Despite some late hitting by Luke Istead and Pratik Lawande, Rajkumar’s spell helped Cornwall win the death overs.

Amit Dhadwal and Glen Stanton-Cook made a reasonable start to Cornwall’s chase. In the fifth over, with Cornwall at 30/0, Navdeep Aujla nabbed the first of his two wickets. It was Plummer, however, who would have the biggest say striking twice in the sixth over. Cornwall never recovered. Caleb Brookland played patiently for 34, but Papatoetoe’s spin trio dried up the boundaries to close out a 20-run win.

Papatoetoe 142/7 (H Vyas 50, A Rajkumar 4-14) defeated Cornwall 122/8 (C Brookland 34, J Plummer 3-12) by 20 runs.

Auckland University vs. Parnell – Colin Maiden Park

Auckland University hit the ground running with the wickets of Ben Rae, Mark Chapman and Ben Horne inside the powerplay. Jeet Patel and Ash Vodnala made the most of a used wicket as Corey Anderson and Brad Rodden were forced into taking their time. Anderson eventually brought up his first fifty for Parnell as the left-hander hit 1 four and 4 sixes. Ben Hawkes (3-22) and Nick Stobart (3-33) dominated the death overs as Parnell collapsed from 118/4 to 130 all out.

Ollie Pringle (3-12) twice combined with his wicketkeeper Horne as the Peaches hit back with the new ball. University slipped into further trouble when Fanie de Villiers brought Horne into the game for the third time. Graham Clark (34) and Connor Ansell soaked up the pressure and put University on course for victory. Will Somerville returned to the attack and struck twice in the 13th over. The off-spinner didn’t stop there, taking his tally to four in 17th over, before Chapman cleaned up the tail.

Parnell 130 (C Anderson 60, B Hawkes 3-22, N Stobart 3-33) defeated Auckland University 98 (G Clark 34, W Somerville 4-16, O Pringle 3-12) by 32 runs. 

Ellerslie vs. Eden Roskill – Colin Maiden Park

Ellerslie number three Matt Wall hit an unbeaten 71 off 48, playing a key role in one of the closer matches of the day. Swayam Desai struck first for Eden Roskill, before Jeet Kumar (2-22) and Adithya Ashok mixed it up with Ellerslie’s middle order. Wall, however, was the mainstay of the inning, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes to take Ellerslie to 157/6.

Shaniel Sharma (42) and Barrington Rowland (21) set Eden Roskill on their way with 45 runs coming from the first four overs. Anubhav Thapa then made significant inroads for Ellerslie following the wicket of Rowland with the dangerous duo of Vamshi Puppala and Sanchut Chopra. In the end, it was a collective effort by Raja Sandhu (19), Bhavik Vora (20), Desai (18) and Harjot Johal, who took Eden Roskill to victory with two balls to spare.

Ellerslie 157/6 (M Wall 71*) lost to Eden Roskill 158/7 (S Sharma 42, A Thapa 3-28) by three wickets.

North Shore vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Devonport Domain

Suburbs New Lynn’s Martin Guptill led the way with the bat after North Shore put the visitors in. The opener hit 25 from his first ten deliveries before he lost Finn Allen in the fourth over. Guptill finished with 69, caught on the cover boundary in the 11th over. Ronnie Hira and Tendai Chitongo fought back through the second half of the innings, but Michael Barry’s unbeaten 45 pushed Suburbs to 160/5.

North Shore lost openers Simon Keene and Graeme Beghin inside three overs and the hosts never recovered. Barry rotated his bowlers, using seven in all, as North Shore collapsed to be all out for 104 in the 19th over. 

Suburbs New Lynn 160/5 (M Guptill 69, M Barry 45*) defeated North Shore 104 by 56 runs.

East Coast Bays vs. Birkenhead – Devonport Domain

East Coast Bays amassed the day’s highest total after a Cole Briggs (86) blitz at the top of the order. The Birkenhead bowlers were put to the sword as Bays raced out to 51/0 from the opening six overs. It wasn’t just Briggs who was having fun with cameos from Tristan van Ingen-Kal (29), Seb Langridge (25), Ryan Harrison (21) and Dan Winter (27) all helping Bays to 206/7. Kevin van Schalkwyk grabbed four late wickets giving Birkenhead something to cheer about.

The Birkenhead chase never truly looked likely as Bay struck four times in the powerplay. Though Mayur Masand and Oneash Labrooy hit eight sixes between them, Birkenhead were well behind the asking rate. The Bays bowlers shared the wickets around as Birkenhead were eventually bowled out for 128.

East Coast Bays 206/7 (C Briggs 86, K van Schalkwyk 4-36) defeated Birkenhead 128 (M Masand 33, L Delport 3-47) by 78 runs.

Waitakere vs. Takapuna – Te Atatu Park

Takapuna’s enviable batting line-up fired yet again as Craig Cachopa (63) and Max O’Dowd (49) put on 103 for the second wicket. The early loss of Mike Sclanders didn’t halt Takapuna’s progress with 52 runs coming from the powerplay. The Pirates didn’t stop there as Robbie O’Donnell joined the party. Despite his second over going for 14, Jared Challis (2-26) was the best of the Waitakere bowlers.

With 191/5 on the board, Takapuna’s array of spin bowlers were always going to challenge Waitakere. Matt Jones struck twice in his first seven deliveries set the tone for seamers Ryan Quinn (4-14) and Ryan Whelan (3-19) to ruin Waitakere’s middle order. In the end, the hosts limped through their 20 overs finishing on 81/9 as Takapuna made it a third win from three matches.

Takapuna 191/5 (C Cachopa 63, M O’Dowd 49, R O’Donnell 38) defeated Waitakere 81/9 (R Quinn 4-14, R Whelan 3-19) by 110 runs.

Kumeu vs. Hibiscus Coast – Te Atatu Park

It was no surprise that when the coin fell in Kumeu’s favour, the men in green decided to bat first following two wins doing just that. Openers Panjak Kumar and Mohamed Shifaz got off to the perfect start racing out to 82 before Kumar was bowled for 58. Shifaz was caught behind soon after as Hibiscus Coast fought back through Brad Norris’ three wickets. 

Chasing 169, Hibiscus Coast were set back twice in the powerplay. While Ramesh Lakmal (42) and Hashan Goonetilleke (34) sought to rebuild the chase, Kumeu’s Usman Ghani and Henry Dawson settled in on a line and length. Caleb Bate’s cameo provided some entertainment, but it was a little late in the piece to threaten Kumeu’s perfect record.

Kumeu 168 (P Kumar 58, M Shifaz 39, B Norris 3-28) defeated Hibiscus Coast 136/6 (R Lakmal 42, H Goonetilleke 34) by 32 runs.

Round 4

Kumeu vs. Takapuna – Te Atatu Park

Kumeu’s outstanding start to the T20 Championship came to an end when they met another unbeaten side in Takapuna. Matt Jones (3-19) was again on song with the ball, either side of Pankaj Kumar hitting Daniel James’ first over for 6 fours. Unfortunately for Kumeu, that was as good as they gave with Will O’Donnell (2-15) and Mike Sclanders owning the next block of overs. 

Takapuna were clinical in their chase going past Kumeu’s 120 in the tenth over. O’Donnell backed up his two wickets with an unbeaten 70 off 30 balls, combining with Max O’Dowd (48*) as Takapuna maintained their position atop the Pool A table with an emphatic ten-wicket victory.

Kumeu 120 (M Jones 3-19) lost to Takapuna 123/0 (W O’Donnell 70*, M O’Dowd 48*) by ten wickets.

Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Howick Pakuranga’s bowlers continue to forge a path to victory after squeezing Cornwall. This was the fourth time in the T20 Championship that the Alpacas have kept their opponents under 110. Howick Pakuranga seam quartet Donovan Grobbelaar, Taine Jolley, Jamie Brown and Rutvik Botadra control the first half of the innings before spinners Rowan Naude and Adam Jones were introduced to the attack. Scott Marra fought for 48 but, with little support, Cornwall only reached 97/9.

Howick Pakuranga’s chase had its challenges and, at 40/3, Cornwall had given themselves a chance. There was no stopping Grobbelaar (46*) who, with David Winn, added an unbeaten 61 for the third wicket as the Alpacas held on to their perfect record.

Cornwall 97/9 (S Marra 48, J Brown 3-13) lost to Howick Pakuranga 101/3 (D Grobbelaar 46*) by seven wickets. 

Papatoetoe vs. Grafton – Lloyd Elsmore Park

Grafton secured a second T20 Championship victory of the season overcoming Papatoetoe in a see-saw battle. After Harshal Vyas’ flying 34, Grafton’s bowlers put in a solid shift restricting Papatoetoe to 139/8. Campbell McKegg and Kyle Ruffell, in particular, kept Papatoetoe’s middle order in check after leg-spinner Carl de Beer had tied up the top order. Kamal Yadav hit 33 off 26 at the death to take some momentum into the second innings.

Papatoetoe stormed the first 11 overs of Grafton’s chase as the Lions crumbled to 56/5. Parth Patel combined first with Nikheil Bhana and then with James Pickering to give Grafton a chance. Patel (51*) played a gem of an innings, hitting 3 fours and 3 sixes to pull the game out of the fire and take Grafton to victory with four balls to spare.

Papatoetoe 139/8 (H Vyas 34, K Yadav 33*) lost to Grafton 142/6 (P Patel 51*, N Aujla 3-23) by four wickets.

Auckland University vs. Eden Roskill – Colin Maiden Park

Auckland University secured their first T20 win of the summer winning a tight low-scoring affair with Eden Roskill. Ash Vodnala was again the mainstay for University, while spinners Adithya Ashok and Jeet Kumar (3-19) race through the opening powerplay. Raja Sandhu’s three wickets ensured University never really got going. 

Chasing 119, Eden Roskill were also held back on the slow surface. Jeet Patel (3-10) and Ben Hawkes set the tone for a topsy-turvy chase as University dried up the boundaries through the middle of the inning. Vamshi Puppala (51*) played patiently against his former side, but Eden Roskill lacked a punchy cameo in support. In the end, Nick Stobart and Graham Clark shut the innings down as University held on by five runs.

Auckland University 118/8 (A Vodnala 33, R Sandhu 3-12, J Kumar 3-19) defeated Eden Roskill 113/4 (V Puppala 51*, B Rowland 32, J Patel 3-10) by five runs.

Ellerslie vs. Parnell – Colin Maiden Park

Flynn McGregor-Sumpter returned to the Parnell line-up and wasted little time in getting Parnell on the front foot. Ellerslie did well to stem the flow from the other end, but McGregor-Sumpter was in fine form, hitting 7 fours and 6 sixes on his way to 91. The left-hander batted all but seven balls of the innings as Parnell posted 168/6. 

Ellerslie’s chase started disastrously with Josh Fisher dismissing Hassan Azad from the first ball of the inning. It didn’t get any easier for the Horses, losing five wickets in the powerplay and a sixth as soon as the field had spread. Fisher finished with 4-19 as all six bowlers picked up a wicket. The Peaches’ victory completed a perfect half-season with 11 wins from 11.

Parnell 168/6 (F Mcgregor-Sumpter 91) defeated Ellerslie 77 (J Fisher 4-19) by 91 runs.

Waitakere vs. Hibiscus Coast – Te Atatu Park

Hibiscus Coast overcame a sparkling all-round effort by Waitakere’s Travis Ngatai to claim their first T20 victory of the season. Coast ran into early trouble losing a pair of wickets inside the first two overs, but Caleb Bate hit his side out of trouble. Bate (62) played boldly, blasting 7 fours and 3 sixes as he saw his partners come and go. Craig Elliot played sensibly through the second half of the inning as Ngatai rattled the Coast tail. 

Waitakere would need a good start to chase down Coast’s 150 and Ngatai provided one, hitting 51 off 35 balls. The all-rounder was the first man to go with the score on 80. The second half of the chase, however, didn’t match the first as Zylen Thomas and Tyran van der Westhuizen brought the visitors back into the match. Defending 39 from the final four overs, experienced duo Brad Norris and Ramesh Lakmal shut the game down allowing only 27 runs as Coast took a memorable victory.

Hibiscus Coast 150 (C Bate 62, C Elliot 33, T Ngatai 4-13) defeated Waitakere 139/5 (T Ngatai 51) by 11 runs.

East Coast Bays vs. Takapuna – Devonport Domain

Finn Allen’s dazzling 98 helped Suburbs New Lynn chase East Coast Bays 189/6 and record a fourth consecutive T20 victory. Cole Briggs picked up where he left off in the early game adding 60 off 32 balls. Tristan van Ingen-Kal (48) gave Briggs fantastic support as Bays raced past 100 in ten overs. Ryan Harrison (35) hit 4 sixes, but Suburbs were able to drag Bays back through tight Michael Barry and Mitchell Murray spells. 

Suburbs’ chase was boosted by a dynamic powerplay. Allen hit 21 from his first six deliveries and Bays were unable to rein the opener in. Suburbs skipper Barry joined Allen in the fifth over at 58/1 and the pair took the attack to Bays, adding 108 for the second wicket. Allen fell two runs short of a century, out with 24 runs to get from the final 31 deliveries, having hit 5 fours and a mammoth 9 sixes. Barry finished unbeaten on 60 as Suburbs claimed victory with ten balls to spare.

East Coast Bays 189/6 (C Briggs 60, T van Ingen-Kal 48, R Harrison 35) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 193/2 (F Allen 98, M Barry 60*) by eight wickets.

North Shore vs. Birkenhead – Devonport Domain

Michael Olsen led the charge as North Shore bounced back to keep their semi-final hopes alive with a comprehensive victory over Birkenhead. It was slow going for North Shore as Mayur Masand and Chamal Rajapaksha delivered a tight opening four overs. Graeme Beghin then kickstarted North Shore’s inning, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes on his way to 67 before Olsen gave his side a big finish, taking 45 runs from the final three overs. 

Birkenhead’s chase hit rocky waters early on as Tim Duncraft struck twice from his first ten deliveries. Tendai Chitongo and Rory Bessell also nabbed wickets inside the powerplay as Birkenhead slid to 25/4. The Olsen show continued as the captain then claimed career-best figures of 4-20 as Birkenhead batted through their 20 overs, ending 67 runs short.

North Shore 170/2 (M Olsen 67*, G Beghin 67) defeated Birkenhead 103/9 (C Rajapaksha 33, O Labrooy 30, M Olsen 4-20) by 67 runs.