Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round One
Grafton 152 (H Robertson 35, D Taylor 31, R Quinn 3-29, R ter Braak 3-39) lost to Takapuna 164/6 (W O’Donnell 54, D James 48*, J Dymond 3-51) on first innings.
Ryan Quinn and Ross ter Braak both claimed three wickets to help set Takapuna up for a tense first innings victory. Resuming at 96/3, Grafton couldn’t capitalise on the groundwork of Hamish Robertson and Dylan Taylor.
Chasing 153 for first innings points, Will O’Donnell (54) and Guy Harley gave Takapuna a solid start. Jack Dymond then made three crucial blows as the hosts collapsed to 50/4. When O’Donnell was dismissed, Takapuna still required 36 runs and the rain was threatening. All-rounder Dan James (48*) remained calm to take Takapuna into the lead ten minutes before the rain eventually past through and ended the scrap for additional bonus points.
Auckland University 161 (J Windler 42, D Bhatti 7-22) lost to Papatoetoe 180/9 (L Istead 46, L Clark 32, B Hawkes 4-32) on first innings.
Daman Bhatti starred at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground setting up what turned into a tense chase for the hosts. The left-arm seamer, who had three wickets overnight, added four more to finish with remarkable figures of 7-22 from 20 overs. Jack Windler top-scored for the visitors with 42 as the University tail fought through to 161.
Ben Hawkes (4-32) ripped through the Papatoetoe middle-order as the hosts slid to 98/7. Luke Istead (46) then led a fightback with No. 10 Bhatti as the pair put on 43 for the ninth wicket to take Papatoetoe into a first innings lead.
Cornwall 75 (Ad Dhadwal 33, S Johnston 3-20, L Devereaux 3-20, C Brungar 3-34) and 63/3 lost to Suburbs New Lynn 237/4 dec. (T Payle 129*, D Watson 43*, T Patel 42, M Gibson 3-54) on first innings.
Suburbs bowlers picked up where they left off last week to wipe away the Cornwall tail. Scott Johnston, Luke Devereaux and Carl Brungar all finished with three wickets, before Tristan Payle (129*) notched Premier Cricket’s first century for 2020/21, hitting 14 fours and 4 sixes. With the support of Dane Watson (43*) and Tejas Patel (42), Payle led Suburbs to 237/4 in just 41 overs before the visitors declared.
Cornwall found themselves in trouble a second time and, at 12/3, needed some fortitude. It came from Michael Guptill-Bunce and Josh MacKinnon, who saw Cornwall to the safety of the rain.
North Shore 292/9 dec. (T Chitongo 85*, R Mudford 58, S Keene 39, M Olsen 33) drew with Parnell 85/4 (F McGregor-Sumpter 36*).
While North Shore piled on the highest total of the opening round, a heavy afternoon downpour ended any chance of a result. Tendai Chitongo (85*) starred with the bat, while Parnell’s bowlers were made to work on Day Two.
Holders Parnell were cautious in reply; opener Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (36*) ensured the visitors avoided any serious drama before the rain arrived. The players returned late in the day for a handful of overs, but North Shore were unable to pick up a fifth wicket to secure a bowling bonus point.
Tom Hellaby Trophy | Round One
Ellerslie 244/9 dec. (A Alam 74, D Kharel 51, B Dench 34, C Thompson 4-59) drew with Howick Pakuranga 139/3 (B Walsh 73*).
Connah Thompson (4-59) added two wickets to the two he took on Day One, but Ellerslie’s middle-order built a good total through the morning session. Overnight duo Abrar Alam (74) and Dinesh Kharel (51) both made fifties, while recruit Beau Dench hit a fluent 34 on his Ellerslie debut.
Chasing 245, Howick Pakuranga took their time to set a foundation. Bill Walsh (73*) showed his experience as the hosts made their way to 139/3. The match was well poised for a close finish when the rain took over in the final session.
East Coast Bays 198 (S Langridge 50, L Delport 35, A Christian 3-36) drew with Birkenhead 110/8 (M Masand 46, L Delport 3-34).
East Coast Bays skipper Seb Langridge (50) fought alongside his lower order to get to a total at Birkenhead War Memorial. For Birkenhead, Akash Christian’s three wickets helped keep Bays to 198, a score the hosts will have been confident in chasing.
Reduced to 42/5, Birkenhead’s outlook quickly changed. Mayur Masand (46) and Anurudha Jayampathi (25*) then played contrasting roles in the rebuild. Masand hit 3 fours and 4 sixes, while Jayampathi stayed disciplined. The Bays attack kept the pressure on with ACES spinner Louis Delport striking thrice as Bays closed in on victory. The rain ultimately came to Birkenhead’s aid at 110/8, ending Bays’ hopes of an opening-round victory.
Waitakere 193 (B Nash 66*, B Barnard 40, T Treadaway 31, R Sandhu 6-64, H Johal 4-47) lost to Eden Roskill 234/8 (V Puppala 74, J Kumar 30*, J Henderson 3-35) on first innings.
Raja Sandhu claimed 6-64 as Eden Roskill took an early advantage on Day Two. Waitakere captain Brad Nash finished unbeaten on 66 but, with little support, his side were bowled out for 193. Sandhu wasn’t alone in his wicket-taking exploits, with Harjot Johal (4-47) helping mop up the tail.
Eden Roskill’s chase came with its own challenges with both openers back in the pavilion at 27/2. The key partnership for the hosts came between Vamshi Pappula (74) and Shaniel Sharma (28), who took the Waitakere bowlers on. The visitors will rue several missed opportunities to get back in the match as Eden Roskill finished on 234/8 when the rain arrived.
Prichard Cup | Round Two
Auckland University 142 (J Prasad 49, E Handyside 32, L Battin 4-27) lost to Cornwall 146/4 (S Shahri 70*) by six wickets.
A committed Cornwall attack battled the conditions and a middle-order stand by Jesse Prasad (49) and Emily Handyside (32) to claim their first win of the season. Left-armers Breearne Illing (2-18) and Fran Jonas (2-17) bowled Cornwall to an advantage, leaving Lydia Battin (4-27) to close out the University innings.
Cornwall opener Saachi Shahri took responsibility of the chase, hitting 7 fours on her way to an unbeaten 70. Shahri saw four of her partners dismissed before forming a match-winning stand with Gemma Adams (23*) to see Cornwall through to a six-wicket win.
Papatoetoe 45 lost to Takapuna 46/3 by seven wickets.
Takapuna made short work of Papatoetoe to kickstart the hunt for a Prichard Cup threepeat. Takapuna Skipper Roz McNeill led the way with the new ball as all five Ponies bowlers had a wicket by their name. The visitors were also excellent in the field; Papatoetoe were all out for 45.
Helen Semau and Carol Agafili bowled accurately and reduced Takapuna to 12/3, but 45 was never going to be enough and the reigning champions took victory by seven wickets.
Howick Pakuranga 100 (M Curran 3-10) lost to Parnell 101/9 (R Allright 3-16) by one wicket.
Howick Pakuranga and Parnell played out a slow-burning thriller at Lloyd Elsmore Park. It was all Parnell early on; Madison Curran (3-10), Lucy Strydom (2-9) and Renee MacMillan (2-17) were excellent with the ball either side of a 58-run partnership between Amberly Parr (28) and Marama Downes (24).
Parnell’s chase of 101 hit some speedbumps early on and, at 30/5, looked all but over. Stephanie Carr (27) fought patiently for Parnell, while Parr (2-10) and Downes (2-22) backed up the fine spell of Rae Allright (3-16). Despite all of Howick Pakuranga’s pressure, Katrina Browne (21*) saw Parnell home by one wicket in the 48th over.