It was a weekend for maiden Premier hundreds as rain put a dampener on the possibility of some late results on Sunday afternoon.
Parnell vs. North Shore – Shore Road
Parnell’s Brad Rodden played the knock of significance, fighting past a spirited North Shore attack. The skipper came in at 49/3 and fought for 110 off the 170 runs scored from that point on. It wasn’t a typical inning from Rodden. While the right-hander hit 9 fours and 4 sixes, he also faced 180 deliveries to take Parnell past 200.
An aggressive Simon Keene mixed it up with Parnell’s in-form top order, but Rodden’s resolve gave the hosts something to defend. North Shore will have been happy to keep Parnell to 219 after Tendai Chitongo wiped away the tail, but by stumps on Day One, the visitors were reeling at 115/7. Keegan Russell lead the way with three wickets during the final hour.
Ollie Pringle mopped up the tail early on Day Two as Parnell took an 84-run lead. Flynn McGregor-Sumpter and Ben Rainger fifties help set North Shore 295 to win before rain cut short Day Two with North Shore holding on at 111/5.
Parnell 219 (B Rodden 110, S Keene 4-46, T Chitongo 3-36) and 210/6 dec (F McGregor-Sumpter 59, B Rainger 52, R Hira 3-52) defeated North Shore 135 (T Chitongo 31, K Russell 3/14, O Pringle 3-17) and 115/5 (O Pringle 3-39) on first innings.
Auckland University vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Colin Maiden Park
Auckland University put in an all-round performance to chalk up important first-innings points after Dane Watson scored his maiden Premier hundred for Suburbs New Lynn. It was Ben Hawkes (5-66) who made inroads into the visitor’s dangerous top order, taking three of his five wickets before lunch on Day One.
The second session belonged to Watson, who hit 16 fours, as he fought with the tail to get Suburbs to 243. By stumps on Day One, University’s opening pair Vijay Anand and Aakash Prasad had taken control of the chase, racing out to 105/0. While Anand was unavailable for Day Two, his 52-ball 72 set University on their way.
It was a steady chase on Day Two as Prasad continued through to 76, Jimmy Ellis kept the score moving and Conor Ansell hit 60 on the back of a solid foundation. University went past Suburbs’ total, having lost just the one wicket. The hosts eventually declared at 339/6 leaving Suburbs to play out nine overs before the afternoon downpour.
Suburbs New Lynn 243 (D Watson 101*, J Bassett-Graham 37, B Hawkes 5-66) and 46/0 lost to Auckland University 339/6 dec (A Prasad 76, V Anand 72*, C Ansell 60, A Vodnala 40*, J Ellis 30, A Patel 3-64) on first innings.
Papatoetoe vs. Takapuna – Papatoetoe Recreation Ground
Takapuna hold on to their lead at the top of the table after another impressive performance, this time on the road at Papatoetoe. The hosts were again given a solid start by Josh Plummer, who hit his fourth fifty of the summer.
Takapuna stuck at their task as spinners Matt Jones (5-41) and Max O’Dowd (4-27) came into the game. Navdeep Aujla (45*) and Prabjyot Rehal (40) showed they were up for the fight, but seven of the last eight Papatoetoe batsmen failed to register double-figures. Jones tied up the top order, while O’Dowd’s off-spin accounted for the tail.
Takapuna skipper Will O’Donnell picked up the final wicket, before combining with Ben Beecroft (66) to give his side a first-innings lead by stumps on Day One. O’Donnell hit 16 fours and 2 sixes in his 119, allowing cameos from Ross ter Braak, Ryan Quinn and Mike Sclanders to ensure Takapuna picked up maximum batting points.
A second Plummer half-century and 69 by skipper Logan Clark took Papatoetoe to safety before rain cut short Takapuna’s bid for a third consecutive outright.
Papatoetoe 202 (J Plummer 54, N Aujla 45, P Rehal 40, M Jones 5-41, M O’Dowd 4-27) and 168/5 (L Clark 69, J Plummer 53) lost to Takapuna 368 (W O’Donnell 119, B Beecroft 66, R ter Braak 43*, R Quinn 40, M Sclanders 39, L Bhardwaj 4-52) on first innings.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Cornwall have added their name to the chasing pack after taking first-innings points from Howick Pakuranga in convincing fashion. Donovan Grobbelaar kept the Cornwall top order honest, but a hundred by skipper Michael Guptill-Bunce provided the backbone for Cornwall’s 274 on Day One. The fact that five other batsmen went past 20 may be a point of frustration for the visitors, but it didn’t prove to be a factor.
Matt Gibson made the most of a short stint before stumps with the wicket of Daniel Young in the final over on Day One. Within the first hour of play on Sunday, Gibson had the wickets of opener Bill Walsh and nightwatchman Adam Jones beside his name and the visitors were on top. 27/3 became 80/7 as Gibson had five out of the first six and Amit Dhadwal had snaffled five catches behind the stumps.
Rutvik Botadra (46) and Liam Winn (32) both faced over 125 deliveries to take a big chunk out of the day, putting on 78 for the eighth wicket. Shastryn Nair’s third wicket finally opened up an end and Cornwall would not be denied first-innings points.
Cornwall 274 (M Guptill-Bunce 102, Ad Dhadwal 39, D Grobbelaar 4-50) defeated Howick Pakuranga 170 (R Botadra 46, B Barnard 34, L Winn 32, M Gibson 5-28, S Nair 3-40) on first innings.
East Coast Bays vs. Waitakere – Windsor Park
Leaders East Coast Bays made the most of their home conditions on Day One to extend their lead to seven points at the top of the table. It was Caleb Gaylard’s turn to pick up a bag of wickets for Bays. The left-arm seamer wrecked the visitor’s lower-order as Waitakere were bowled out before lunch.
Gaylard finished with figures of 6-23, taking Bays’ third six-for in as many matches. It was unlikely 98 was going to be enough. Openers Ryan Schierhout and Tristan van Ingen-Kal (46) raced out past 150 inside 25 overs to take the lead. The only disappointment of Day One for Bays was probably Schierhout going within one run of bringing up his third ton of the season.
An outstanding combined effort by Cole Briggs, Ryan Harrison, Seb Langridge and Kyle Kieser took Bays through to 345/6 from 58 overs. Waitakere safely negotiated the eight overs before stumps, knowing there was a mountain to climb on Day Two. Led by a first Premier hundred by Rajat Kumar (109) and fifty by Jared Challis, Waitakere’s batting confidence returned for the second innings. In the end, the visitors batted through to 282/7 from 92 overs.
Waitakere 98 (S Mirza 39, C Gaylard 6-23) and 282/7 (R Kumar 109, J Challis 51, B Nash 41) lost to East Coast Bays 345/6 dec (R Schierhout 99, C Briggs 57, R Harrison 47, T van Ingen-Kal 46, S Langridge 44, K Kieser 35*) on first innings.
Eden Roskill vs. Birkenhead – Keith Hay Park
Eden Roskill claimed first-innings points against Birkenhead in commanding style after Jeet Kumar marked his return to the side with 5-40. Laurie Agnew’s 67 helped Birkenhead to 196 on Day One, but his partnership of 73 with Anurudha Jayampathi (45) was the visitors only stand of significance.
Harjot Johal continued his fine form with the ball taking the first two wickets for Eden Roskill. At the halfway mark on Day One, Birkenhead were in reasonable shape at 124/4. Around that time, Kumar returned to the attack, pitching a tent with Bhavik Vora. The pair bowled unchanged for the next 28 overs as Birkenhead were bowled out for 196.
Eden Roskill made the most of the remaining 24 overs before stumps, Mujji Mujtaba and Sway Desai racing out to 128/0 at the close of play.
Jayampathi broke the opening stand of 146/1 with the wicket of Mujtaba on 86, but there was to be no respite for the Birkenhead bowlers. Barrington Rowland (58*) joined Sway Desai, who went on to score an unbeaten 102 from 136 balls before the hosts declared at 247/1. Birkenhead fared better second time of asking, with Agnew (83) again going past fifty and finding support in Oneash Labrooy. The rain came with Birkenhead at 190/6.
Birkenhead 196 (L Agnew 67, A Jayampathi 45, J Kumar 5-40) and 190/6 (L Agnew 83, A Labrooy 45*) lost Eden Roskill 247/1 dec (S Desai 102, M Mujtaba 86, B Rowland 58) on first innings.
Ellerslie vs. Grafton – Michaels Ave
Nathan Fletcher continues to be Premier cricket’s runaway runscorer, taking his season tally to 596 as both he and Nikheil Bhana scored hundreds against Ellerslie. It wasn’t enough to force a first-innings win, however, with Ellerslie’s Dipesh Patel and Alan Burton putting together a resolute partnership of 191.
Bhana joined Fletcher at the crease with Grafton in some trouble at 57/3. The pair added 196 during a patient fourth-wicket partnership. Fletcher (114) was the first to go to three-figures, hitting 11 fours and 3 sixes during his second century of the season. Bhana hit 8 fours and 3 sixes as his hundred came from 185 balls. Andrew Scott (4-68) mopped up the tail, but not before Grafton had posted 346.
Ellerslie lost two wickets before the close of play and three more by lunch on Day Two. Enter Patel (113) and Burton (75*). With more than two sessions to play, the pair went about blunting the Grafton attack. Hamish Robertson used nine different bowlers as the Ellerslie duo brought up half-centuries. Patel was dismissed just minutes before the rain arrived, but not before he had hit 19 boundaries and scored an important hundred.
Grafton 346 (N Fletcher 114, N Bhana 100, M Ruffell 32, A Scott 4-68) drew with Ellerslie 261/6 (D Patel 113, A Burton 74*)
Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga – Thomas Bloodworth Park
An unbeaten stand of 79 between Brooke Halliday and Amberly Parr ensured the good work done by the Howick Pakuranga bowlers would not go to waste against Parnell.
Emma Irwin top-scored with 25 as Parnell posted 130. It was tough going for Parnell; Rae Allright finishing with the Llama’s best figures of 3-18, while Parr also picked up three wickets in the first half of her outstanding all-round performance.
Jessica Barker and Maddy Curran got the hosts off to the perfect start, nabbing both openers inside the first five overs. By the time Howick Pakuranga lost a third, Halliday (53*) was on her way to adding a significant score to the three catches she took in the field. Parr joined in on the fun, hitting an unbeaten 35 to keep Howick Pakuranga’s playoff hopes alive.
Parnell 130 (R Allright 3-18, A Parr 3-21) lost to Howick Pakuranga 133/3 (B Halliday 53*, A Parr 35*) by seven wickets.
Auckland University vs. Takapuna – Colin Maiden Park
Auckland University and Takapuna played out a thriller, but in the end, the visitors continued their perfect start to the season.
Batting at four, Alex Eastwood (75) played something of a lone hand to see University post 156/8 from their 50 overs. Claire Mains, Sydney Bultitude, Jane Barnett and Emma McGhee-Turnock all took two wickets apiece as Takapuna put in a solid shift in the field.
Takapuna’s chase appeared to be faltering until Bultitude joined Izzy Gaze at the crease. The pair not only added 54 runs for the fourth wicket but also some calm. There was still work to do when both Bultitude (44) and Gaze were dismissed. The trio of Eastwood, Sam Petherick and Naomi Matthews kept University in the hunt with seven wickets between them, but it was Ponies’ skipper Mains, with the assistance of Chelsea Pryor and Corize Olivier, who held her nerve in the end.
Auckland University 156/8 (A Eastwood 75) lost to Takapuna 157/8 (S Bultitude 44, A Eastwood 3-27) by two wickets.
Cornwall vs. Papatoetoe – Cornwall Park
Cornwall scraped home in a low-scoring thriller on the back of Amie Hucker’s five-wicket bag.
Helen Semau’s opening five-over spell went for just six runs as Cornwall lost four wickets inside the first 12 overs. The hosts would only muster 83 runs as Taofi Lafai and Anna Orpin made regular breakthroughs around Claire Crooks defiant 35.
Papatoetoe’s chase followed a similar schedule as wickets fell early and often. Hucker struck with her second delivery and by the time the right-arm seamer was finished, she had 5-17. At 68/5, Papatoetoe were favourites to go on and win, but Cornwall’s fielding backed up the bowling as Papatoetoe lost 5 wickets for just 7 runs.
Cornwall 83 (C Crooks 35, T Lafai 3-22, A Lorpin 3-22) defeated Papatoetoe 75 (A Hucker 5-17) by eight runs.