Honda Financial Premiership Report | 29 February

Club Cricket


Honda Financial Premiership Report | 29 February

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Premier Men

No play on Day One in any of the 7 Two-Day matches. 

Hedley Howarth

Round Six

Takapuna vs. North Shore – Onewa Domain

North Shore will rue a wobbly start as Takapuna took valuable first-innings points to remain in the Hedley Howarth hunt.

Ross ter Braak made the first two breakthroughs before the run-out of Graeme Beghin set North Shore back further. Michael Olsen held the middle order together with 52, while Ben Wall (47) played aggressively with the tail to lift North Shore to 182. For Takapuna, Mike Sclanders (3-34) and Ryan Quinn (3-56) played key roles in bowling the visitors out.

Takapuna’s start with the bat was the total opposite. Max O’Dowd (49) and Will O’Donnell (39) brushed off the first fifty runs of the chase inside the first six overs before Ronnie Hira and Tendai Chitongo fought back for North Shore. Hira struck the first two blows before Chitongo took two wickets of his own. 102/2 quickly became 143/7 as Hira (6-70) bagged the next three wickets. Needing a partnership, Dan James (60*) and Guy Harley (28) put on 74 to ensure a first-innings lead and an extra batting point.

North Shore 182 (M Olsen 52, B Wall 47, M Sclanders 3-34, R Quinn 3-56) lost to Takapuna 248/9 (D James 60, M O’Dowd 49, W O’Donnell 39, R Hira 6-70) on first innings.

Auckland University vs. Parnell – Colin Maiden Park

Though Auckland University scrapped their way out of trouble and to a score, Ben Rae’s hundred was enough to keep Parnell at the top of the table.  

University were in trouble early and often. Ollie Pringle got the ball rolling for Parnell before Fanie de Villiers (5-46) took over. Devan Vishvaka’s 35 was the only resistance as University crumbled to 99/8 shortly after lunch. Number seven Christy O’Brien then found support in Caleb Jasmat (36) and the pair worked hard through the next 22 overs. In the end, O’Brien finished with an unbeaten 80 as University made 206/9 off their 50 overs.

Parnell were given the perfect platform with Rae and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (51) scoring freely for a 97-run opening stand. While Jeet Patel struck twice in the space of two overs, the hosts were unable to stop Rae. The right-hander was joined by Corey Anderson, who made an important 51 but Rae was the star of the afternoon, hitting 9 fours and 5 sixes on his way to 106. At the end of the day, Parnell had collected an extra batting point and took a step closer to lifting the Hedley Howarth Trophy.

Auckland University 206/9 dec. (C O’Brien 80*, C Jasmat 36, D Vishvaka 35, F de Villiers 5-46) lost to Parnell 262/8 (B Rae 106, C Anderson 51, F McGregor-Sumpter 51, A Vodnala 4-32) on first innings.

Papatoetoe vs. Cornwall – Papatoetoe Recreation Ground

Twin hundreds to Aditya and Amit Dhadwal weren’t enough to help Cornwall to victory as Papatoetoe held on for a draw.

The Dhadwal brothers put on 172 for the second wicket forming the backbone of Cornwall’s total. Amit (105) was the first to bring up his hundred, before Aditya (109) followed several overs later. For Papatoetoe, Bhupinder Singh was a constant threat, picking up 4-77 to keep Cornwall’s middle order from going big towards the end of the 50 overs.

Papatoetoe’s reply had a strange look to it. Josh Plummer blasted 60 off 58 at the top of the order, but no other batsmen went past 12. What Papatoetoe did manage, however, was to keep Cornwall at bay. Leg-spinner Scott Marra (3-18) proved the best of the visiting bowlers, but Navdeep Aujla’s unbeaten 80-ball knock ensured the hosts would get a share of the spoils. 

Cornwall 283/8 dec. (Ad Dhadwal 109, Ad Dhadwal 105, B Singh 4-77) drew with Papatoetoe 124/8 (J Plummer 60, S Marra 3-18).

Suburbs New Lynn vs. Howick Pakuranga – Ken Maunder Park

Suburbs New Lynn came out on top against Howick Pakuranga in this battle for much-needed points.

Batting first, Howick Pakuranga built on the back of half-centuries by brothers Liam (67) and David Winn (56). While Suburbs chipped away throughout, Howick Pakuranga were given a total to defend by all-rounders Donovan Grobbelaar (39) and Adam Jones (32*).

In reply, Suburbs made short work of the chase with both Michael Barry (103) and Finn Allen (103*) making centuries. Allen remained at the crease at the end, hitting a six to not only bring up his third century of the summer but also take Suburbs to an important first-innings win. 

Howick Pakuranga 249/7 dec. (L Winn 67, D Winn 56, D Grobbelaar 39, A Jones 32*) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 255/3 (F Allen 103*, M Barry 103) on first innings.

Tom Hellaby

Round Six

Birkenhead vs. Eden Roskill – Birkenhead War Memorial

Eden Roskill did all that they could to take first-innings points, but a stubborn Birkenhead batting unit stood tall in a match that ended in a draw.

The visitors wasted little time in putting their gameplan into practice with openers Barrington Rowland (78) and Syed Mujtaba (51) racing out to 108 in 11 overs. The onslaught didn’t stop there; Shaniel Sharma joined the party hitting 80 off 53 balls before Oyishik Chakraborty (48) and Sway Desai (42) took Eden Roskill to maximum batting points and an early declaration. To highlight Eden Roskill’s dominance with the bat, 29 fours and 15 sixes were hit during the 36-over innings. 

Birkenhead never threatened to surpass Eden Roskill’s 331/7. While Hemadri Chakraborty kicked off the fight with a breezy 47 off 45 balls, it was skipper Chamal Rajapaksha who showed the most resolve, finishing unbeaten on 79 off 170 balls as Birkenhead held on for a draw. Eden Roskill tried eight different bowlers across 62 overs, but Rajapaksha found patience in both James Beuvink and Hamish O’Brien towards the end of the day. 

Eden Roskill 331/7 dec. (S Sharma 80, B Rowland 78, S Mujtaba 51, O Chakraborty 48, S Desai 42) drew with Birkenhead 218/8 (C Rajapaksha 79*, H Chakraborty 47, O Labrooy 34). 

Waitakere vs. East Coast Bays – Te Atatu Park

East Coast Bays put on a show to not only comfortably take the first-innings point over Waitakere but also close the gap on leaders Eden Roskill.

Fifties to Shozib Mirza and Brad Nash held the Waitakere innings together. East Coast Bays were made to work early on, but the wickets eventually came as Ryan Harrison ran through the middle order. Harrison’s 5-48 ensured Bays took maximum bowling points despite Waitakere getting through to 221/9 from their fifty overs. 

East Coast Bays appeared to have two targets in mind; one for a first-innings victory and the other for maximum batting points. Ryan Schierhout (58) and Tristan van Ingen-Kal (31) set the tone putting on 64 for the first wicket. It didn’t get any easier for Waitakere when Seb Langridge came to the crease. The skipper piled on 138 off 101 balls to play a significant role in the chase. While Harrison added 32 to his five-wicket haul, the most spectacular fireworks were to come from Cole Briggs who hit 5 fours and 4 sixes during a 15-ball 51 not out to take Bays to 339/5 before the players shook hands.

Waitakere 221/9 dec. (B Nash 59, S Mirza 52, R Harrison 5-48) lost to East Coast Bays 339/5 (S Langridge 138, R Schierhout 58, C Briggs 51*, R Harrison 32, T van Ingen-Kal 31) on first innings.

Grafton vs. Ellerslie – Victoria Park

Grafton skipper Hamish Robertson had a day to remember as his side strolled to first-innings points against Ellerslie.

Jack Dymond and Ryan Phizackerley took the first two wickets before Parikshith Narsimhan and Abrar Alam both made starts for Ellerslie. Left-arm spinner Robertson then made the day his own by dismantling the Ellerslie middle and lower orders. The skipper finished with the day’s best figures of 7-37 as number ten Joe Ganner top-scored for the visitors with 28. In the end, Ellerslie were bowled out for 142. 

Harrison Ward was in no mood to see Grafton limp past Ellerslie, hitting 48 off 34 balls to get the chase underway. It was then left to the Kyle (80) and Michael Ruffell (97), who both went past fifty during a formidable second-wicket stand of 147. Grafton lost regular wickets once the Ruffell brothers were dismissed; Joseph Wilkinson and Alastair Maasch both took four wickets, while Grafton’s middle-to-lower order ensured the hosts took maximum batting points from the day.

Ellerslie 142 (H Robertson 7-37) lost to Grafton 344/9 (M Ruffell 97, K Ruffell 80, H Ward 48, A Maasch 4/91, J Wilkinson 4-78) on first innings.

Premier Women
Prichard Cup

Round Eight

Cornwall vs. Takapuna – Cornwall Park

Izzy Gaze’s maiden Premier hundred helped Takapuna stay unbeaten with a commanding 187-run win over Cornwall.

Coming in at three, Gaze joined Anna Browning (35) and the pair put on 115 for the second wicket. Gaze picked her gaps, hitting 24 fours and a six bringing up a 65-ball hundred. Once Gaze was caught for 121, it was the turn of a Cornwall youngster to make her mark. While Lauren Heaps (47) and Sydney Bultitude (36) helped take Takapuna past 300, Fran Jonas starred by taking six of the last seven wickets. The left-arm spinner finished the Cornwall innings with a rare double-hat trick.

Cornwall’s chase of 303 never got going as Roz McNeill tested the hosts’ order. Though Saachi Shahri played positively for 42 off 36 balls, wickets tumbled at the other end. No Ponies’ bowler walked away empty-handed as Cornwall were all out for 115 in the 24th over. McNeill starred with the ball bagging 5-13 from 7 overs and to add to the occasion, took a second double hat-trick of the match.

Takapuna 302 (I Gaze 121, L Heaps 47, S Bultutide 36, A Browning 35, F Jonas 6-31) defeated Cornwall 115 (S Shahri 42, R McNeill 5-13) by 187 runs.

Auckland University vs. Howick Pakuranga – Colin Maiden Park

Auckland University kept their quest for a place in the Prichard Cup final alive with a dominant six-wicket victory over Howick Pakuranga.

Kate Anderson led the way with the bat for Howick Pakuranga, scoring 51 off 53 balls. While Amberly Parr and Jessica Tully added middle-order resistance, the spells of Jesse Prasad (3-24) and Prue Catton (3-24) provided regular wickets for University. Howick Pakuranga were eventually bowled out for 161 in the 36th over.

In reply, Rae Allright and Molly Penfold reduced University to 30/3. University needed someone to stand up and Alex Eastwood did just that. With the support of Naomi Matthews (32), Eastwood soaked up the pressure. The University skipper finished with 75* off 100 balls to help University to a six-wicket win with 13.3 overs to spare.

Howick Pakuranga 161 (K Anderson 51, P Catton 3-21, J Prasad 3-24) lost to Auckland University 162/4 (A Eastwood 75*, N Matthews 32) by six wickets.

Parnell vs. Papatoetoe – Thomas Bloodworth Park

Parnell registered their first Prichard Cup win of the summer with a 12-run win over Papatoetoe.

It didn’t go all Parnell’s way, however, with Maliah Tato (3-34) playing a big role in reducing the hosts to 50/4. Isabel Mills (45) and Kate Irwin, on debut, then fought to give Parnell a score to defend. The innings fell away after Mills was caught in the 33rd over with both Regina Lilii and Lily Mulivai picking up two wickets apiece, but Kate Irwin held her nerve to finish unbeaten on 50. 

Chasing 173, Papatoetoe fell into similar trouble. Maddy Curran got the ball rolling for Parnell taking two wickets and claiming a run-out to put the pressure on Papatoetoe. Toni Baldwin (35) and Tessa Hickson (34) gave the chase a chance, while Caitlin Hakeagatoa (34) edge the visitors closer. In the end, Emma Irwin (3-13) and Curran (3-22) wiped away the tail to sneak home.

Parnell 172 (K Irwin 50*, I Mills 45, M Tato 3-34) defeated Papatoetoe 160 (T Baldwin 35, T Hickson 34, C Hakeagatoa 34, E Irwin 3-13, M Curran 3-22) by 12 runs.