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Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Two | Day Two
Suburbs New Lynn 127 (S Keene 3-24, T Chitongo 3-43) and 33/0 lead North Shore 95 (L Devereaux 3-23, S Johnston 3-24)
Despite clear skies in Auckland on Saturday, there was no play at Ken Maunder Park with the pitch unfit for play on Day Two.
Papatoetoe 122 (D James 5-42, J Sussex 3-8) and 249/8 (B Rowland 62, A Sohal 62, L Clark 49) lost to Takapuna 413/6 dec. (W O’Donnell 216*, R O’Donnell 71*, C Mahoney 32)
It was the O’Donnell show at Onewa Domain with Will O’Donnell plundering an unbeaten double-century against Papatoetoe. By Will’s side for a fair chunk of the morning session was Robbie O’Donnell (71*) as the pair put on 167 for the sixth wicket. Will (216*) finished with 20 fours and 9 sixes during his 223-ball knock as the Pirates declared with 413/6 on the board.
That left Papatoetoe 74 overs to bat to avoid an outright defeat. Either side of a middle-order hiccup, Barrington Rowland (62), Arminder Sohal (62) and Logan Clark (49) showed their mettle to see Papatoetoe finish on 249/8 at the end of Day Two.
Grafton 134 (A Quinn 4-54, M Gibson 3-30) and 248/7 dec. (K Ruffell 70, A Edwards 57, L Dasent 4-92) lost to Cornwall 182 (S Marra 50, A Dhadwal 45, C Brookland 36, C de Beer 7-56) and 161/7 (J MacKinnon 33, M Guptill-Bunce 31, H Robertson 4-31) on first innings.
Day Two between Cornwall and Grafton rivalled Day One in the action stakes with both sides ultimately running out of time in their pursuits for outright points. Cornwall continued to 182 in their first inning, collecting a valuable batting bonus point, before Grafton quickly went about setting up a second innings chase.
Openers Kyle Ruffell (70) and Alex Edwards (57) gave the Lions the perfect start racing out to 99 after 17 overs. Lucas Dasent (4-92) helped slow the scoring, bowling an unchanged 24-over spell as Grafton set Cornwall 201 to win from 40 overs. Though Josh MacKinnon (33) and Michael Guptill-Bunce (31) kept Cornwall on track, Grafton skipper Hamish Robertson (4-31) and Jack Dymond (2-43) ensured no batsman truly got on top. In the end, Cornwall were still 40 runs away, while Grafton needed three more wickets.
Auckland University 265 (A Prasad 107, A Parikh 3-68, G Ratnasabapathy 3-72) and 48/1 lost to Parnell 288/9 (O Pringle 59, A Lane 56, W Somerville 46, B Rae 38, J Patel 4-71, P Fletcher 3-22) on first innings.
Parnell survived a couple of nervy moments to register their first win of 2020/21. Auckland University were again up for a scrap, but Parnell’s experienced players stood up when it mattered most. Chasing University’s 265, Ben Rae and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter gave the hosts a solid start; 63/0, however, became 108/4, with left-arm spinner Jeet Patel (4-71) harvesting the first four Peaches’ wickets.
The partnerships between Andy Lane (56) and Ollie Pringle (59) for the fifth wicket and, then later, Pringle and Will Somerville (46*) took Parnell into the ascendancy. With 14 runs to get, there would be some late tension with Pierce Fletcher (3-22) claiming the wicket of Pringle and backing it up with University’s eighth. The visitors had ultimately left their run too late and Somerville ensured Parnell remain in touch with leaders Suburbs. Before stumps were pulled, University made their way to 48/1 in their second inning.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Two | Day Two
Eden Roskill 258 (S Sharma 94, J Kumar 40, R Sandhu 37, O Chakraborty 36, A Jones 3-22, T Jolley 3-38) and 148/3 dec. (M Patel 68, S Mujtaba 62) defeated Howick Pakuranga 197 (D Young 81, D Winn 45, J Kumar 6-46, H Johal 3-57) on first innings.
A dramatic day at Keith Hay Park saw Eden Roskill make it two-from-two with a first innings win over Howick Pakuranga. Howick Pakuranga were on track during the first hour after patient knocks by Daniel Young (81), David Winn (45) and Andrew Morrison (29). The chase came unstuck in the lead-up to lunch as Jeet Kumar (6-46) and Harjot Johal (3-57) sprung into action.
At 148/2, Howick Pakuranga were in the box seat, but the visitors were unable to handle Kumar, who spun Eden Roskill to a considerable first innings lead. Eden Roskill then saw out 30 overs of batting with Mehul Patel (68) and Syed Mujtaba (62) finding some form before the players shook hands. For Howick Pakuranga, Adam Jones added two wickets to the three he claimed in the first dig.
Birkenhead 251/9 dec. (L Agnew 60, T Gemlawala 56, J Henderson 3-42) and 84/5 (C Rajapaksha 30, J Henderson 3-20) lost to Waitakere 332/9 dec. (B Barnard 163, K Minhas 84, P Whynn 45, A Frew 5-88, A Jayampathi 3-78) on first innings.
Brian Barnard has led Waitakere to a resounding first innings victory against Birkenhead. Chasing the hosts 251/9, Waitakere found themselves in early strife at 32/2. The partnership of the match then turned things around for the visitors, with Barnard (163) joining opener Kavi Minhas (84) for a 135-run third-wicket stand.
When Anurudha Jayampathi (3-78) nabbed Minhas, who had hit 10 fours and 3 sixes, Angus Frew (5-88) decimated Waitakere’s middle order to give Birkenhead a chance. Barnard (163) remained, however, and took over the bulk of the scoring; the player-coach found support in Jack Henderson to take Waitakere into the lead. The visitors then declared with maximum batting bonus points and a lead of 81. While Henderson (3-20) made the most of Waitakere’s lead, there wasn’t enough time to push for outright points and play was called when Birkenhead hit the front.
East Coast Bays 332/9 dec. (S Langridge 75, D Winter 58, C Briggs 58, T van Ingen-Kal 38, B Smith 33*, R Schierhout 30) and 113/1 (R Schierhout 56, C Briggs 47) defeated Ellerslie 214 (P Narsimhan 91, B Dench 36, L Delport 5-53) and 93 (A Alam 35, J van der Sande 5-11) by 138 runs.
The only outright result of Round Two came at Michaels Ave with East Coast Bays pushing home the advantage they earned over Ellerslie on Day One. Ellerslie’s Parikshith Narsimhan (91) and Beau Dench (36) resumed on Day Two, adding 95 for the sixth wicket and building hope for the hosts. Josh van der Sande (2-11) gave Ellerslie a glimpse of what was to come as he helped Louis Delport (5-53) secure first innings points just prior to lunch.
Ryan Schierhout (56) and Cole Briggs (47) then piled on 113/1 from just ten overs as East Coast Bays set Ellerslie 232 to win. It was a stiff chase and one that never got going. Abrar Alam (35) provided the only real resistance at the top of the order, while van der Sande (5-11) made short work of the Ellerslie middle order. Delport (2-21) had the final say; Ellerslie were bowled out for 93 and East Coast Bays shot to the top of the table with a 138-run victory.
Prichard Cup | Round Four
Parnell 210 (K Browne 53, E Baker 51, P Catton 3-33, S Petherick 3-39) defeated Auckland University 145 (P Catton 52, R MacMillan 5-23) by 65 runs.
Parnell fought back from 77/7 against Auckland University to record their second victory of the season. Prue Catton (3-33), Sam Petherick (3-39) and Alex Eastwood dominated the first 20 overs of the match, but Plums’ duo Katrina Browne (53) and Emma Baker (51) led quite a fightback. The Parnell pair put on a match-defining 113 for the eighth wicket, helping post 210.
Catton added a resilient knock of 52 to her earlier three wickets to keep the hosts afloat, but she found little support. Renee MacMillan played a major role stifling University’s chase, taking 5-23 including the final wicket to seal Parnell a 65-run win.
Cornwall 180 (A Ewart 55, K Craig 46, T Mataora 3-18) defeated Papatoetoe 113 (I O’Connell 3-7) by 67 runs.
Cornwall remain undefeated in the Prichard Cup after an impressive showing against Papatoetoe. Annie Ewart (55) provided the backbone for Cornwall’s inning; the opener was patient, grafting for 107 balls as the rest of the top order fell around her. Kate Craig (46) took Ewart’s lead and the pair then added 87 for the sixth wicket. Tetiare Mataora (3-18) starred with the ball for Papatoetoe, while Carol Agafili, Caitlin Hakeagatoa and Hannah Burns all claimed two wickets to keep Cornwall to 180.
Papatoetoe’s chase ran into early trouble with Breearne Illing striking twice in the first seven overs. Sandwiched between Illing’s two wickets was one to Phoebe Jones (2-42) as Papatoetoe slipped to 14/3. While Meddy Hyde and Hakeagatoa both made 25, Isabelle O’Connell’s figures of 3-7 helped Cornwall to a third win of 2020/21 as Papatoetoe were all out for 113.
Howick Pakuranga 165 (R Patel 65, M Kingi 6-24) lost to Takapuna 166/6 (E Irwin 52, R Allright 3-30) by four wickets.
Mya Kingi starred with the ball on debut to help Takapuna to a tense victory over Howick Pakuranga. Opener Radhika Patel (65) marked her return with an important knock for her side. Several cameos helped the Llamas along the way, but it was Kingi (6-24) who impressed most as she ran through the second half of the visitors’ order.
Emma Irwin (52) made it back-to-back fifties at the top of the order to set the Ponies’ chase in motion. The hosts were made to work for their win, however, with Rae Allright (3-30) again in the wickets. Lucy Hollister (29*) took the responsibility of cementing Takapuna’s four-wicket victory, which came at the end of the 45th over.