Several of Saturday’s final Jeff Crowe Cup round-robin matches will live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to witness some outstanding cricket.
Jeff Crowe Cup
Birkenhead vs. Eden Roskill – Birkenhead War Memorial
Led by a dazzling double-hundred and the highest individual score in Jeff Crowe Cup history, Barrington Rowland helped Eden Roskill spectacularly rewrite the record books against Birkenhead.
Rowland made the most of winning the toss and batting first by racing out of the blocks. An opening-stand of 175 set the scene for what was to come as Syed Mutjaba (62) was dismissed in the 22nd over. Half-centuries to Swayam Desai (54) and Vamshi Puppala (73*) helped Rowland take Eden Roskill past 400 for the second time this season. The most incredible aspect of Rowland’s knock was that he was out in the 37th over, with 206 to his name. The 130-ball knock included a massive 26 fours and 7 sixes lifting Eden Roskill to 454/5.
Needing more than 9 runs per over, Laurie Agnew gave Birkenhead a reasonable start. His aggressive 79 off 72 balls and Arjuna Jayasinghe’s 40, however, was as good as it got for Birkenhead. Eden Roskill benefitted from the considerable scoreboard pressure as Raja Sandhu took the first three wickets. The rest was left to Jeet Kumar, who finished with fine figures of 6-43. Simon Rawjer hit an entertaining 33 to take Birkenhead past 200, but this was Eden Roskill’s day.
Eden Roskill 454/5 (B Rowland 206, V Puppala 73*, S Mujtaba 62, S Desai 54) defeated Birkenhead 214 (L Agnew 79, A Jayasinghe 40, S Rajwer 33, J Kumar 6-43, R Sandhu 3-37) by 240 runs.
Grafton vs. Takapuna – Victoria Park
A tight tense tussle went the way of Grafton, but not after several twists and turns at Victoria Park.
Batting first, Mike Sclanders provided the backbone of Takapuna’s inning with Hendrik van Vuuren (42), Finn Delaney (38) and Ben Beecroft (24) all making starts. Though Grafton spin duo Hamish Robertson (3-47) and Carl de Beer (2-60) were able to break developing partnerships, Sclanders held the innings together. Grafton nabbed four wickets at the death to drag Takapuna back to 242/9.
In reply, Harrison Ward kickstarted the Grafton chase hitting 8 fours and a six on his way through to 53. Nathan Fletcher (43) and Kyle Ruffell (40) kept the chase on track, but Ryan Quinn continued to make inroads. Quinn dismissed both Fletcher and Kyle Ruffell leaving Grafton in need of a finisher. Ross ter Braak struck twice in the 47th over before Mike Ruffell (59*) took charge. Needing five runs off the last, Ruffell hit a four and a single to book Grafton a home semifinal.
Takapuna 242/9 (M Sclanders 71, H van Vuuren 42, F Delaney 38, H Robertson 3-47) lost to Grafton 243/7 (M Ruffell 59*, H Ward 53, N Fletcher 43, K Ruffell 40, R Quinn 4-57) by three wickets.
Ellerslie vs. North Shore – Michaels Avenue
Ronnie Hira marked his return for North Shore with a dominant all-round display against Ellerslie.
Through 25 overs of the first inning, Ellerslie were in the box seat, with openers Hassan Asad and Parikshith Narmishan still at the wicket and the score at 145/0. From there, Ronnie Hira and Tendai Chitongo turned the game in North Shore’s favour. A run-out broke the opening stand on 147, before Chitongo brought a second new batsman to the crease. Hira then ran through the rest of the order taking 5-48 with all five batsmen being bowled by the left-arm spinner.
Chasing 255, Hira joined Joseph Moore (42) at the crease with North Shore in trouble at 13/2. The pair put on 113 for the third wicket before Hira kicked into overdrive. The left-hander pummelled 13 fours and 11 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 163 as he dominated a 120-run fifth-wicket stand with Asiri Wickramanayake (32*). In the end, North Shore won by six wickets with 9.2 overs to spare.
Ellerslie 254 (H Azad 77, P Narsimhan 73, A Burton 36, R Hira 5-48) lost to North Shore 259/4 (R Hira 163*, J Moore 42, A Wickramanayake 32*) by six wickets.
Papatoetoe vs. East Coast Bays – Papatoetoe Recreation
Papatoetoe finished their campaign on a high against East Coast Bays after a dominant third-wicket partnership by skipper Logan Clark and Dilpreet Singh.
A pair of 59s by Tristan van Ingen-Kal and Ryan Harrison gave East Coast Bays a platform to build on after Josh Plummer (2-34) impressed during an initial eight-over spell. Bays were all set for a big finish, comfortably placed at 156/4 with 15 overs to go. Papatoetoe, however, fought back through Ish Sohi (4-26) and Bhupinder Singh (2-39). While Seb Langridge (39*) did his best to play the role of finisher, his partners came and went as Bays were bowled out for 206.
Plummer (28) powered 6 fours to get Papatoetoe’s reply underway, but his brief blitz ended in the 7th over. By then, Papatoetoe were two down and in need of stability. The third-wicket partnership provided just that as Logan Clark and Dilpreet Singh put on an unbeaten stand of 170 to take Papatoetoe to victory. Clark finished with 102* from 128 deliveries, while Singh’s 59* came from 95 balls.
East Coast Bays 206 (T van Ingen-Kal 59, R Harrison 59, S Langridge 39*, I Sohi 4-26) lost to Papatoetoe 207/2 (L Clark 102*, D Singh 59*) by eight wickets.
Waitakere vs. Cornwall – Te Atatu Park
Cornwall secured a home semifinal after Swapnil Karnik dismantled Waitakere in double-quick time at Te Atatu Park.
After a slow start, Waitakere were in a reasonable position after the first ten overs. Karnik then spun a web around the Waitakere batsmen, starting with his fourth delivery. There was to be no respite for the hosts and Karnik ran through the rest of the order, claiming magical figures of 6-5 from 6.2 overs. Waitakere were eventually bowled out for 77 in the 36th over, having lost 9 for 34.
After losing a wicket in the first over, Aditya (43) and Amit (20) Dhadwal put on 65 in six overs to all but seal the game for Cornwall. Though the visitors would lose both Dhadwal brothers on their way to a seven-wicket victory, the hard work had been done and Cornwall reached their target with more than 41 overs in the bank.
Waitakere 77 (S Karnik 6-5) lost to Cornwall 80/3 (Ad Dhadwal 43*) by seven wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Auckland University – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Jonathan Low again batted Auckland University out of a tricky position to help set a winning total against Howick Pakuranga.
Batting first, University fell to 100/4 in the 23rd over before Ash Vodnala (52) and Low put on 84 for the fifth wicket. For Vodnala, it was his fourth fifty of the Jeff Crowe Cup. Though Donovan Grobbelaar (3-42) and Taine Jolley (3-44) ensured new batsman came to the crease, Low’s run-a-ball 84 kept University in the game. Wicketkeeper Andrew Morrison finished with five catches as University were bowled out for 248 in the 50th over.
University Captain Nick Stobart led from the front with the ball bagging both Howick Pakuranga openers inside the first seven overs. Caleb Jasmat (3-26) and Ash Vodnala (3-34) then challenged the Alpacas’ middle order. Despite Brian Barnard’s 56 and David Winn’s 38, the significant partnership never came and University were able to secure not only a comprehensive 74-run win but also a place in the knockout stages of the Jeff Crowe Cup.
Auckland University 248 (J Low 84, A Vodnala 52, V Anand 43, D Grobbelaar 3-42, T Jolley 3-44) defeated Howick Pakuranga 174 (B Barnard 56, D Winn 38, C Jasmat 3-26, A Vodnala 3-34) by 74 runs.
Suburbs New Lynn vs. Parnell – Ken Maunder Park
Flynn McGregor-Sumpter and Brad Rodden both hit centuries against Suburbs New Lynn to book Parnell a home semifinal.
Suburbs’ openers Tristan Payle (70) and Raj Majithia laid a solid platform through the first hour before Lockie Ferguson struck. Payle fought through the loss of three partners after Fanie de Villiers and Aniket Parikh bowled Parnell back into the reckoning. At 153/6, Suburbs were in a bit of trouble. Ankit Dindod (51) and Max Harris (44) then added 69 for the seventh wicket as Suburbs were bowled out for 251 on the final ball of the inning.
In reply, Parnell were in trouble at 44/3. Harris backed up his batting blitz with a tidy seven-over spell as McGregor-Sumpter and Brad Rodden worked their way into their innings. Eventually, the pair broke the shackles with Rodden hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes during a 21-run 29th over. McGregor-Sumpter (120) was the first to go to a century, hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes. For Rodden (107*), it was a race against the winning runs. The Parnell skipper wouldn’t miss out, bringing up his hundred a ball before clearing the fence to take his side to a commanding seven-wicket win.
Suburbs New Lynn 251 (T Payle 70, A Dindod 51, M Harris 44) lost to Parnell 252/3 (F McGregor-Sumpter 120*, B Rodden 107*) by seven wickets.
Semifinalists: Cornwall, Parnell
Preliminary Finals: Sunday 9th February
Grafton vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Victoria Park
Takapuna vs. Auckland University – Onewa Domain