Honda Financial Premiership Report | 5 December

Club Cricket


Honda Financial Premiership Report | 5 December

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

The first Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby Trophy windows are in the books. It’s tight at the top with Takapuna and Suburbs New Lynn atop the Hedley Howarth table, while Eden Roskill hold a seven-point lead over East Coast Bays in the Tom Hellaby.

Takapuna march on in the Prichard Cup after another clinical team effort in Round Six against Cornwall.

Premier Men

Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Three | Day Two 

Suburbs New Lynn 341 (M Barry 151, R Majithia 63, M Murray 36, J Dymond 4-55) defeated Grafton 161 (N Fletcher 58, H Robertson 44, A Ashok 7-29) and 150 (D Taylor 52, A Ashok 7-56) by an innings and 30 runs.

Adithya Ashok had a debut to remember for Suburbs New Lynn. While Nathan Fletcher (58) and Hamish Robertson (44) grafted at different times during Grafton’s chase of 342, Ashok stole the show early on Day Two. The leg-spinner made the most of a slowing Victoria Park wicket claiming his first scalp with his second delivery. Ashok never looked back finishing with first innings figures of 7-29 from 14.4 overs.

With Suburbs still leading by 180 runs, the visitors enforced the follow on and seamers Carl Brungar and Scott Johnston made early inroads. Grafton’s middle order steadied through Dylan Taylor (52) before Ashok repeated his first innings heroics, claiming 7-56 from another 14.4 overs. The debutant twice took two wickets in two balls as Grafton were bowled out for 150 in their second dig to seal an innings victory for Suburbs.

North Shore 396/8 dec. (M Olsen 181, S Hinds 79, S Keene 57, L Istead 4-50) defeated Papatoetoe 206 (J Plummer 63, L Clark 63, L Istead 42, T Chitongo 4-57, R Hira 3-57) and 123/5 (S Money 59*, A Nicoll 3-24) on first innings  

In another game where spin featured heavily, North Shore took first innings points at Papatoetoe. Continuing from last week, Josh Plummer (63) did the bulk of Papatoetoe’s early scoring before Tendai Chitongo (4-57) and Ronnie Hira (3-57) sparked a collapse that would eventually settle first innings points.

In the space of seven deliveries, Papatoetoe fell from 77/1 to 77/4. The North Shore spin duo didn’t stop there as Papatoetoe fell into further trouble going to lunch at 133/7. Logan Clark (63) and Luke Istead (42) added 72 runs for the eighth wicket soaking up precious time before the Shore seamers came back to wrap up the tail. With Papatoetoe following on, Angus Nicoll (3-24) played a big part in reducing the hosts to 47/5 only for Stephen Money (59*) and Shane Setia (27*) to bat 26 overs and through to safety.

Takapuna 404/3 (B Beecroft 202*, Q Sunde 118*, C Mahoney 46) and 25/0 defeated Auckland University 131/6 dec. (H Lowe 48, K MacKenzie 39) and 173 (A Prasad 70, H Lowe 49, R Quinn 6-37) by 124 runs.

Takapuna keep their lead at the top of the table after a comprehensive outright victory over Auckland University. Resuming at 23/2, Harry Lowe (48) and Keiran MacKenzie (39) fought through the opening hour of Day Two. A flurry of wickets followed in the lead up to lunch before University decided to cut their losses at 131/6 shortly after the break.

Takapuna then took two overs to extend their lead by 25 runs to set University an unlikely 298 runs to win. With Aakash Prasad (70) and Lowe (49) in full flow, University were well on track to spring a surprise at 125/1. The match then turned as Ryan Quinn (6-37) produced a magical eight-over spell. In just over an hour, University lost 9 for 48 to see Takapuna comfortably home with an outright victory by 124 runs. 

Cornwall 104 (F de Villiers 4-13, D van Deventer 3-25) and 253/5 dec. (M Guptill-Bunce 120*, Am Dhadwal 52) defeated Parnell 84 (F McGregor-Sumpter 32, M Gibson 4-29, F Klaassen 3-31) and 159 (F de Villiers 72, F Klaassen 4-52, L Dasent 3-32, M Gibson 3-50) by 113 runs.

If Day One was topsy-turvy, Day Two was anything but as Cornwall were clinical in building their lead and claiming outright points over Parnell at Shore Road. It was Michael Guptill-Bunce and Amit Dhadwal (52) who best blunted the Peaches attack and put their side in a winning position. Guptill-Bunce was particularly explosive, hitting 17 fours and a six, on his way to an unbeaten 120 off 100 balls.

When Cornwall declared at 253/5, Parnell had been left plenty of time to chase the 273 required for victory. It didn’t take long for Cornwall to extinguish any thoughts Parnell had of a successful chase, with left-arm duo Matt Gibson (3-50) and Lucas Dasent (3-32) quickly reducing the hosts to 66/6. The last fight came from Fanie de Villiers (72), who gave the Parnell second innings some gloss before Freddie Klaassen (4-52) added the final three wickets to his impressive outing. 


Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round Three | Day Two

Waitakere 238 (K Minhas 65, B Nash 50, B Barnard 48, P Whynn 33, D Kharel 3-25, P Fernando 3-80) and 122/7 (N Powell 38) lost to Ellerslie 162 (D Kharel 38, S Edkins 38, V Khanna 33, E du Toit 3-18) and 199/7 (D Kharel 60*, D Patel 33, Q Taljaard 3-37) by three wickets.

It took some time, but Waitakere eventually took the required three wickets to wrap up first innings points over Ellerslie. When the hosts sought to build on their lead of 76, Ellerslie showed they had outright ambitions of their own reducing Waitakere to 44/5. It took a 50-run stand by youngster Nathan Powell (38) and Tony Treadaway to get Waitakere’s second inning on track before the hosts declared at 122/7.

Left 199 to win, Ellerslie lost significant resources before tea. At 34/3, Waitakere were well on top with Quintin Taljaard (3-37) on a roll with the new ball. The visitors were in no mood to lie down and Dinesh Kharel continued his impressive start to 2020/21 with a counterattacking 60*. As the end of Day Two drew closer, Ellerslie benefitted from several short and sharp cameos to complete the reverse outright result. 

Eden Roskill 184 (S Sharma 70, M Patel 30, L Delport 3-51) and 156 (M Patel 31, M Ross 4-65) defeated East Coast Bays 169 (S Langridge 43, R Schierhout 38, M Abbas 3-8, H Johal 3-31) and 58/3 on first innings.

Debutant Muhammed Abbas proved the difference for Eden Roskill, who took the Tom Hellaby lead from East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. A tense morning was always on the cards with both sides knowing how important this match could prove. Raja Sandhu struck a crucial blow when he nabbed Bays Skipper Seb Langridge (43) in the second over. The rest was left to Abbas, who finished with immaculate figures of 3-10 from 10 overs. Only ever a partnership away, Bays’ tail hung around for some time before falling 15 runs short of Eden Roskill’s 184. 

Led by Michael Ross (4-65) Bays’ bowlers fired up a second time around to bowl the visitors out for 156. Enough time had been taken out of the game, however, that only one side could win the match in the fourth innings and Bays made their way to 58/3 before stumps were pulled in the final hour. 

Howick Pakuranga 281 (D Young 80, D Winn 58, S Borland 47, A Frew 4-68, A Jayampathi 3-31, A Christian 3-68) and 73/2 dec. (D Young 54) defeated Birkenhead 155 (A Christian 53, M Masand 44, R Botadra 7-54) and 163/7 (M Masand 41, A Christian 34, A Jayampathi 30, R Botadra 3-48) on first innings. 

Howick Pakuranga are on the board after Rutvik Botadra starred for the hosts against Birkenhead. Botadra tormented his former side during the morning session of Day Two, picking up 7-54 as Birkenhead were bowled out for 155. Akash Christian (53) was the best of the visiting batsman, while Mayur Masand hit 44 to add some respectability to Birkenhead’s total.

In pursuit of quick runs, Daniel Young (53) scored his second fifty of the match before Howick Pakuranga declared at 73/2. While Masand (41) helped Birkenhead threaten the fourth innings chase of 200, Harmeet Singh (2-61) ended promising Birkenhead knocks by Christian (34) and Anurudha Jayampathi (30). The last of the meaningful moments was Botadra (3-48) picking up his third scalp in the second innings to finish with match figures of 10-102 as both sides ran out of time to force an outright result.


Premier Women

Prichard Cup | Round Six

Parnell 155 (Y Kareem 53, J Veale 3-30, M Pearson 3-33) defeated Papatoetoe 40 (J Barker 3-5, M Curran 3-11) by 115 runs.

Yaz Kareem (53) grafted away while her teammates fell around her to help Parnell to a winning total against Papatoetoe. It was a strong showing with the ball for the visitors with Jamie Veale (3-30) and Megan Pearson (3-33) pinning down the Parnell top order. 

Defending 155, it took Parnell some time to make inroads with Papatoetoe’s opening pair getting through the opening burst. Eventually, the pressure told; Jess Barker (3-5), Maddy Curran (3-11) and Renee MacMillan (2-12) ran amok to bowl Papatoetoe out for 40 and claim a third Prichard Cup victory for 2020/21.

Takapuna 224 (E Irwin 62) defeated Cornwall 146 (E Thurman 48, A Browning 5-25) by 78 runs. 

Emma Irwin scored her third Prichard Cup fifty of the summer as Takapuna came out on top in the blockbuster encounter with Cornwall. Batting first, Takapuna posted 224 on the back of several important partnerships. The third-wicket stand of 71, between Irwin and Sydney Bultitude, took the Ponies into the ascendancy, but a committed Cornwall attack fought back to bowl the visitors out in the 49th over.

In reply, Cornwall ran into early trouble and, at 25/3, looked down and out. Emily Thurman (48) and Claire Crooks then put on 75 for the fourth wicket to give their side a chance, only for Takapuna’s Anna Browning to the turn the match one final time with outstanding figures of 5-25 from her 10 overs. Bowled out for 146, Cornwall suffered their first defeat of the season, while Takapuna extend their impressive Prichard Cup winning streak. 

Howick Pakuranga 279/6 (R Patel 121, A Parr 45, G Harris 30) defeated Auckland University 226/9 (N Matthews 91, T Wickramanayake 30, J Bird 3/70) by 53 runs.

Radhika Patel hit this summer’s first Prichard Cup century in a commanding Howick Pakuranga win over Auckland University. The opener batted through 45.3 overs to score 121 off 141 deliveries, including 14 boundaries. Partnerships with Georgina Harris (30) and Amberly Parr (45) helped lift Howick Pakuranga to 279/6, the highest team total of the season.

A 93-run opening stand between Naomi Matthews (91) and Annique Wickramanayake (30) gave University every chance of knocking off the chase. For Howick Pakuranga, Harris added the big wicket of Matthews to her earlier knock as the visitors’ bowling attack combined nicely to keep themselves in the contest. Tight spells by Marama Downes, Harris and Parr drove the required run-rate up, while Jamie-Lee Bird claimed three wickets as Howick Pakuranga registered their third victory of the summer.