Ben Beecroft, Michael Olsen and Michael Barry all hit big hundreds on Day One of the final Hedley Howarth action for 2020, while 20 wickets fell at Shore Road.
The Tom Hellaby Trophy has three well-advanced matches with Waitakere closest to taking a first innings lead over Ellerslie.
While in the Prichard Cup, Takapuna and Cornwall have taken different Round Five routes to remain undefeated at the halfway mark of the competition.
Prichard Cup | Round Five
Parnell 132 (S Carr 40, A Parr 3-15, K Anderson 3-15) lost to Howick Pakuranga 133/6 (S Bowden 38, M Curran 3-21) by four wickets.
Howick Pakuranga overturned the one-wicket defeat to Parnell earlier in the season with a confident four-wicket win at Thomas Bloodworth Park. Though Parnell’s Stephanie Carr (40) hit 2 fours and 2 sixes, Howick Pakuranga built pressure at the other end. Amberly Parr and Kate Anderson both finished with 3-15 as Parnell were bowled out for 132 in the 42nd over.
Parnell also built pressure with the ball reducing Howick Pakuranga to 54/3. Skye Bowden (38) joined Lauren Ross for a partnership of 58 that took much of the sting out of the chase. The hosts never gave up with Maddy Curran (3-21) the best of the bowlers, but the Llamas had done enough to secure a second win of the season.
Takapuna 223/6 (R McNeill 77*) defeated Papatoetoe 164 (E Richardson 92, J Barnett 3-4) by 59 runs.
Roz McNeill provided the backbone for Takapuna’s winning total against Papatoetoe in Hobsonville. Ponies openers Emma Irwin and Anna Browning set the foundation with an opening stand of 51 before Papatoetoe made regular breakthroughs. McNeill (77*) then took responsibility for pushing Takapuna’s total past 200.
Papatoetoe’s Eimear Richardson then threatened to take the game away in the opening exchanges of the chase. Richardson’s dominance was highlighted by the fact the allrounder was dismissed in the 12th over with 92 off 50 balls beside her name. The hard work had been done for Papatoetoe, but Takapuna hit back. There were no further partnerships of note and Jane Barnett (3-4) wiped away the tail to ensure a quick finish. Papatoetoe were bowled out for 164 in the 26th over.
Cornwall 184 (A Hucker 39, S Shahri 37, S Petherick 3-22) defeated Auckland University 182 (J Prasad 59, P Catton 40, P Jones 3-26, F Jonas 3-36) by two runs.
Cornwall took 5-9 at the perfect time to win a thriller against Auckland University, who still remain winless in the Prichard Cup. HEARTS duo Amie Hucker (39) and Saachi Shahri (37) held the Cornwall inning together either side of a top-order collapse. For University, Sam Petherick’s 3-22 kept the pressure on the hosts.
Chasing 182, University appeared to be on track when Jesse Prasad (59) and Prue Catton (40) were together. At 133/2, Cornwall were all but out of the game. Nobody told Phoebe Jones (3-26) and Fran Jonas (3-36), who turned the game in Cornwall’s favour. The last five University wickets added just nine runs as Cornwall claimed a two-run win to stay unbeaten for the season.
Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Three | Day One
Suburbs New Lynn 341 (M Barry 151, R Majithia 63, M Murray 36, J Dymond 4-55) play Grafton 36/1
Michael Barry showed his class against Grafton at Victoria Park. The left-hander put on a second-wicket stand of 143 with Raj Majithia (63) to put Suburbs in the box seat. Barry finished with 151 off 171 balls, including 12 fours and 2 sixes. Middle-order knocks by Mitchell Murray (36) and Jonny Bassett-Graham (27) helped lift Suburbs to 341.
Jack Dymond (4-55) was the best of the Grafton bowlers, hitting the woodwork on all four occasions. In reply, Grafton batted through the final hour to end Day One at 36/1.
North Shore 396/8 dec. (M Olsen 181, S Hinds 79, S Keene 57, L Istead 4-50) play Papatoetoe 53/1 (J Plummer 41*)
North Shore skipper Michael Olsen hit a career-best 181 as his side piled on the runs against Papatoetoe. It didn’t all go the visitor’s way on a big day of batting, falling to 23/2 at the end of the 9th over. North Shore turned the day around when Olsen joined opener Sam Hinds (79) for a third-wicket stand of 196.
Olsen finished with 20 fours and 3 sixes, fighting on with Simon Keene (57). Luke Istead was the best of the Papatoetoe bowlers, claiming 4-50 before North Shore declared at 396/8. Josh Plummer (41*) then counterpunched through the final 14 overs of the day; Papatoetoe will resume at 53/1 ahead of a hefty chase on Day Two.
Takapuna 404/3 (B Beecroft 202*, Q Sunde 118*, C Mahoney 46) play Auckland University 23/2
Takapuna were another side to pile on the runs with youngsters Ben Beecroft and Quinn Sunde having a day out against Auckland University. The pair came together after a reasonable foundation had been set at 108/3, but few would have expected what was to come. Beecroft (202*) put the University bowlers to the sword hitting 25 fours and 3 sixes on his way to Takapuna’s second double-century of the season. Sunde (118*) was no slouch at the other end with 10 fours and a six.
Takapuna eventually declared at 404/3, with the fourth-wicket stand unbeaten at 296; University will resume at 23/3 and have a week to prepare for a batting day of their own.
Cornwall 104 (F de Villiers 4-13, D van Deventer 3-25) and 55/0 lead Parnell 84 (F McGregor-Sumpter 32, M Gibson 4-29, F Klaassen 3-31) on first innings.
It was all go at Shore Road where Cornwall staged quite the comeback to claim a first-innings lead over Parnell. Cornwall’s openers survived the opening ten overs, before Fanie de Villiers (4-13) and Dean van Deventer (3-25) ripped through the visitor’s batting line-up. Late cameos lifted Cornwall to 104 after 43.2 overs.
Then it was Parnell’s turn. Freddie Klaassen marked his return for Cornwall by claiming the first two Peaches wickets. While Flynn McGregor-Sumpter attempted to hold the innings together, his teammates fell around him. Matt Gibson (4-29) then fired up to keep Cornwall on top and eventually ahold of a 20-run first-innings lead. Cornwall fared better second time around with Caleb Brookland and Amit Dhadwal positively through to 55/0 at stumps.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Three | Day One
Waitakere 238 (K Minhas 65, B Nash 50, B Barnard 48, P Whynn 33, D Kharel 3-25, P Fernando 3-80) play Ellerslie 99/7 (D Kharel 38, V Khanna 33, E du Toit 3-18)
Waitakere are primed to pick up first innings points after a back-and-forth day against Ellerslie at Te Atatu Park. Fifties to Kavi Minhas (65) and Brad Nash (50), as well as a dynamic 48 from Brian Barnard, helped Waitakere to 238. Dinesh Kharel and Pramesh Fernando both took three wickets for Ellerslie, who will have been pleased to break several threatening partnerships.
The hosts, on the other hand, will be disappointed to not have seen one of their set batsman kick on further. Any disappointment, however, was quickly forgotten as Ellerslie crumbled to 99/7 in the final session. Enrico du Toit (3-18) was particularly impressive for Waitakere. Kharel’s 38 completed a good day for the Ellerslie all-rounder, but his side have work to do on Day Two.
Eden Roskill 184 (S Sharma 70, M Patel 30, L Delport 3-51) play East Coast Bays 125/5 (R Schierhout 38, S Langridge 41*, H Johal 3-31)
There promises to be an intriguing opening session on Day Two at Windsor Park, where East Coast Bays and Eden Roskill fight to take Tom Hellaby Trophy leadership into the Christmas break. Bowling first, Bays appeared in control through most of the day, despite Shaniel Sharma (70) dragging Eden Roskill through to 184. The wickets were shared by the Bays bowlers, with Louis Delport (3-51) breaking a pair of dangerous partnerships.
Eden Roskill gave as good as they got with the ball, with Harjot Johal (3-31) mixing it up with Bays’ aggressive top order. The wicket of Schierhout (38), in particular, was a big one. Bays Skipper Seb Langridge showed his side the way, fighting through the final session to remain unbeaten on 41, but he will need some support from the lower order if his side are to push away from the Wolves atop the table. A pair of late wickets to Aman Bhardwaj leaves the match in the balance with Bays requiring 60 runs and Eden Roskill, five more wickets.
Howick Pakuranga 281 (D Young 80, D Winn 58, S Borland 47, A Frew 4-68, A Jayampathi 3-31, A Christian 3-68) play Birkenhead 16/3
Daniel Young (80) and David Winn (58) again led the way for Howick Pakuranga, who had a solid Day One against Birkenhead. An opening stand of 113 between Young and Sam Borland (47) put Howick Pakuranga in prime position to be another of the day’s heavy scorers. From that point on, Angus Frew (4-68, Anurudha Jayampathi (3-31) and Akash Christian (3-68) made regular breakthroughs to keep the hosts to 281.
Birkenhead’s start with the bat has left the visitors with a lot to do on Day Two. There were only five overs before stumps, but Connah Thompson (2-7) and Rutvik Botadra (1-4) made the most of it to leave Birkenhead reeling at 16/3.