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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 6 February

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Honda Financial Premiership Report | 6 February

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Premier Men

Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Seven

Parnell 103 (A Ashok 4-20) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 104/4 (S Martin 30) by six wickets.

At Ken Maunder Park, Suburbs New Lynn gave themselves every chance of staying up with a six-wicket win over leaders Parnell. The visitors saw only Fanie de Villiers (27) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (25) go past twenty. It was Sam Devereaux who got Suburbs started with a double-strike in the sixth over, before spinners Adi Ashok (4-20) and Dane Watson (2-16) took over.

Chasing 104, Suburbs took their opportunity to boost their net run-rate. While Steve Martin (30) and Jonny Bassett-Graham (28) ensured the hosts had a stable base, Parnell did hit back with their own spinners, Nikith Perera and Aniket Parikh, taking two wickets apiece. It all came a little late for Parnell as Michael Barry (28*) steered his side to victory.

Cornwall 148 (Ad Dhadwal 69, M Harris 3-38) lost to North Shore 149/6 (G Beghin 36) by four wickets.

In what shaped as a quarterfinal, North Shore booked home advantage in the final four with a determined four-wicket win over Cornwall. Manaia Harris (3-38) made an immediate impact with a pair of wickets in the third over. Aditya Dhadwal (69) survived Cornwall’s slide, which saw the visitors go from 55/2 to 93/8, before combining with Matthew Gibson (24) to lift Cornwall to 148.

At 16/2, Michael van den Berg (2-37) had Cornwall buzzing and Shore were on alert. It ended as a chase-by-committee with Graeme Beghin (36) the most fluent at the crease. Beghin’s 4 sixes relieved a lot of the pressure as he worked with Simon Keene (24) to put on 50 for the third wicket. From there, Lucas Dasent (2-27) put together a tidy spell to keep Cornwall interested. Shore weren’t about to let their chance slip, patiently claiming a four-wicket win in the 41st over. 

Auckland University 200/8 (J Low 43, A Vodnala 40, O Blandford 4-31) lost to Howick Pakuranga 204/3 (A Morrison 71, B Walsh 56) by seven wickets.

Howick Pakuranga and Auckland University also met in a ‘quarter-final’, with the Alpacas coming out on top at Lloyd Elsmore Park. It was a tumultuous inning for University, losing both openers in the first ten overs. Jonathan Low (43), Ash Vodnala (40) and Joshua Stephan (39) all got in through the middle overs, only for Ollie Blandford (4-31) to strike back; University finished with 200/8 from their 50 overs.

Half-centuries to Andrew Morrison and Bill Walsh (56) drove Howick Pakuranga towards victory and a place in the semifinals. The pair put on 112 for the second wicket with Morrison (71) continuing his excellent Jeff Crowe Cup form. When Donovan Grobbelaar came out with 12 to get, he added 16 off three balls to his two wickets as the hosts claimed a seven-wicket win with ten overs to spare.

East Coast Bays 268/8 (M Ross 72*, C Knowles 59, R Harrison 49) defeated Takapuna 260/7 (Q Sunde 89, G Harley 71, D James 64) by eight runs.

Onewa Domain witnessed a Jeff Crowe Cup classic with East Coast Bays pulling off a remarkable win to save themselves from relegation late on against Takapuna. Batting first, Bays were made to work for a total and it only truly came at the end. Campbell Knowles (59) and Ryan Harrison (49) had grafted Bays into position, but it was the defiant and explosive knock of Michael Ross, who hit 5 fours and 4 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 72 off 42 balls, lifting the visitors to 268/8.

The Pirates chase took a couple of early blows, losing both openers inside the first three overs. A pair of battling partnerships then took Takapuna from concern to cruise control. First Quinn Sunde (89) and Guy Harley (71) put together 106 for the third wicket before Sunde added 111 with Daniel James (64) for the fifth. Bays somehow stayed in the contest as Takapuna needed 31 off the last four overs. Ryan Harrison and Caleb Gaylard held their nerve and conceded just 22. 

Richard Jones Cup | Round Seven

Hibiscus Coast 159 (R Lakmal 38, M Masand 6-23) defeated Birkenhead 135 (J Houghton 48, A Christian 32, T van der Westhuizen 3-22) by 24 runs.

Hibiscus Coast sprung a big surprise at home against Birkenhead. Though Coast were under an early Birkenhead squeeze, starts from the top order left the hosts with wickets in hand heading into the death overs. Ramesh Lakmal top-scored with 38, but the story of the first inning belongs to Mayur Masand, who returned the outstanding figures of 6-23. Masand’s efforts included taking the final six wickets as Coast were bowled out for 159 in the final over.

Leaders Birkenhead would have been confident of chasing 160. Instead, the Hibiscus Coast attack came together. There were two knocks of note with Jeremy Houghton (48) and Akash Christian (32) the only Birkenhead batsmen to pass double figures. What that meant was their third-wicket partnership was the only meaningful one. All six Coast bowlers chipped in with at least one wicket, while Tyran van der Westhuizen (3-22), Timothy Coetzee (2-24) and Lucas Ellis (2-33) saw off the lower order to seal a memorable victory.

Eden Roskill 314/6 (M Abbas 100*, S Mujtaba 55, O Chakraborty 38, A Bhardwaj 32, S Variath 3-61) defeated Waitakere 231 (S Variath 74, N Lombard 37, S Mirza 31) by 83 runs.

Eden Roskill finished top of the table after another impressive showing, this time against Waitakere at Te Atatu Park. The visitors were again given a solid start through Syed Mujtaba (55), Oyishik Chakraborty (38) and Aman Bhardwaj (32). The star turn, however, was young Muhammad Abbas, who smashed his maiden Premier Hundred. Abbas finished with 100* off just 63 balls, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes to lift Roskill to 314/6.

Brian Barnard hit five boundaries from his first ten balls, but Raja Sandhu nabbed him on the 11th. Barnard’s brief blitz set the tone for Waitakere, who then had Shozib Mirza hit a run-a-ball 31. With Sachin Variath adding 74 off 61 balls to his three wickets and combining with Navan Lombard (37) for the sixth wicket, Waitakere were ahead of the rate and still a chance of sneaking into the semifinals. Wickets then tumbled and the hosts slid from 188/5 to be all out for 231 in the 42nd over. 

Papatoetoe 290/7 (S Money 135, L Clark 41, L Yugaraja 34) defeated Grafton 169 (G Olliff 52, J Pickering 32, J Plummer 4-46, R Sayed 3-21, N Aujla 3-46) by 121 runs.

A fifth Richard Jones Cup victory sees Papatoetoe also book a home semifinal and despite defeat, Grafton held on to fourth place. Papatoetoe again followed their bat first blueprint, benefitting from runs at the top, but this week they came from a different source with Stephen Money hitting a fine century. The Papatoetoe wicketkeeper hit 17 fours in his 142-ball 135, while Logan Clark (41) and Arnie Yugaraja (34) helped lift Papatoetoe to 290/7. For Grafton, both Ryan Phizackerley and Dylan Taylor picked up two wickets.

Josh Plummer then lit a fire under the Lions’ top order, taking the first four wickets to reduce the visitors to 50/4. Garth Oliff (52) and James Pickering (32) tried to find a way back for Grafton, but Riyan Sayed (3-21) and Navdeep Aujla (3-46) snuffed out any resistance. Grafton were eventually bowled out for 169 in the 36th over. 

Ellerslie 275 (S Venville 59, V Khanna 49, A Alam 38, P Narsimhan 37, D Laban-Jeffries 4-51) lost to Kumeu 279/9 (R Jenner 43, T Nethula 42, P Kumar 38, H Gujral 38, J Patel 38, S Sahibzada 37*, P Fernando 3-54) by one wicket.

Kumeu secured their second Richard Jones Cup scalp with a second dramatic one-wicket win of 2020/21. Batting first, Ellerslie built a competitive total on the back of several starts, most notably by Stephen Venville (59), Varun Khanna (49), Abrar Alam (38) and Parikshith Narsimhan (37). There wasn’t the one big partnership, but many smaller ones that helped Ellerslie finish with 275. Dion Laban-Jeffries was the best of the Kumeu bowlers taking 4-51, including three at the top.

Six Kumeu players scored between 37 and 43 to seal a tense victory. If only it was that simple, however, with the chase having several twists and turns. Ellesrlie were on top when Pramesh Fernando (3-54) struck twice in the fifth over. A trio of 38s by Pankaj Kumar, Harkaran Gujral and Jay Patel kept Kumeu moving before Ryan Jenner’s positive 43 off 39 balls. At 202/8, there was plenty of work left to do for Tarun Nethula (42) and Soliman Sahibzada. When Nethula was bowled by Fernando, Kumeu still needed 32 runs off 25 balls. Sahibzada then took the bowlers on, hitting 4 fours and a six to finish with 37* off 29 balls.