Papatoetoe vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Papatoetoe Recreation
The entire Papatoetoe top eight made starts to help build a sizeable total against Suburbs New Lynn on Day One. Papatoetoe batted through to stumps, with number eight Ish Sohi top-scoring with 95* and Navdeep Aujla hitting an important 67 in support. The pair accelerated during the final session, playing significant roles in taking the hosts past 350.
Earlier, Shane Setia (67) and Dilpreet Singh (50) both made fifty to keep Suburbs searching for wickets. Sam Devereaux and Dane Watson were the best of the Suburbs’ bowlers on a challenging day for the visitors, who will need to show similar resolve next week if they are to scale Papatoetoe’s 398/7.
Papatoetoe 398/7 (I Sohi 95*, N Aujla 67, S Setia 67, D Singh 50, J Dunford 30) play Suburbs New Lynn
Cornwall vs. Auckland University – Cornwall Park
It was another day for the Dhadwal brothers at Cornwall Park as Auckland University toiled through most of the day. Amit (106) and Aditya (92) Dhadwal put on 171 for the second wicket to form the backbone of Cornwall’s 365/7. It was Amit’s second hundred of the summer, while Aditya fell eight short of what would have been his second too.
Sam Crooks (69*) and Jamie Hayes (56) put on 89 runs of their own for the fifth wicket as Cornwall went past 350 before the declaration came. In the seven overs before stumps, Matt Gibson gave Cornwall a crucial wicket and University will resume at 16/1.
Cornwall 365/7 dec. (Am Dhadwal 106, Ad Dhadwal 92, S Crooks 69*, J Hayes 56) play Auckland University 16/1
Parnell vs. Takapuna – Shore Road
It’s no surprise that play between Parnell and Takapuna has been left evenly poised after Day One. Will O’Donnell marked his return to the top of the Pirates’ order with a patient 90 off 161 balls. Despite O’Donnell’s resistance, Fanie de Villiers kept the pressure on the visitors taking 3-43.
When O’Donnell was trapped in front by Nikith Perera, Dan James (54) took over the fight for Takapuna. The all-rounder was the last man out taking Takapuna through to 236. Parnell were given the perfect start by a confident Ben Rae (36), but his dismissal in the lead-up to stumps leaves this top-of-the-table clash in the balance.
Takapuna 236 (W O’Donnell 90, D James 54, F de Villiers 3-43) play Parnell 55/1 (B Rae 36)
North Shore vs. Howick Pakuranga – Devonport Domain
North Shore were in a grind with Howick Pakuranga before wickets tumbled in the final hour of play. Fifties by Graeme Beghin (67) and Asiri Wickramanayake (51) had the hosts staring down 300. Donovan Grobbelaar (5-47) and Rutvik Botadra (3-61), however, hit back for the Alpacas to bowl North Shore out for 262.
That wasn’t the end of the drama. Tim Duncraft was the man for the moment, taking three wickets in four deliveries. Tendai Chitongo then drew an outside edge and North Shore had four wickets in the eight overs before stumps. Howick Pakuranga will resume at 24/4 with a mountain to climb on Day Two.
North Shore 262 (G Beghin 67, A Wickramanayake 51, S Hinds 39, D Grobbelaar 5-47, R Botadra 3-61) play Howick Pakuranga 24/4 (T Duncraft 3-14)
Eden Roskill vs. Waitakere – Keith Hay Park
Eden Roskill continue to march on, taking a first-innings lead of 90 into Day Two against Waitakere. Spinners Barrington Rowland (4-28) and Bhavik Vora (3-80) did the bulk of the work despite the hosts employing seven different bowlers. After opener Kavi Minhas put on 36, Tony Treadaway (46) and Rob Evans (30) combined for 61 – Waitakere’s best partnership – before Rowland and Vora finished the visitors off for 158.
In reply, Eden Roskill were always comfortable. Waitakere were able to make regular breakthroughs courtesy of skipper Brad Nash (3-80), but Swayam Desai’s run of form continued. Desai remains unbeaten on a run-a-ball 84, while Shaniel Sharma will resume on 82 off 58 balls, having blazed 12 fours and 2 sixes.
Waitakere 158 (T Treadaway 46, K Minhas 36, R Evans 30, B Rowland 4-28, B Vora 3-38) trail Eden Roskill 248/4 (S Desai 84*, S Sharma 82*, B Nash 3-80) on first innings.
Ellerslie vs. East Coast Bays – Michaels Avenue
Ryan Harrison had a day to remember at Michaels Avenue as East Coast Bays claimed first innings points over Ellerslie. Chris Groenink bookended Ellerslie’s first inning with leg-before decisions, while Caleb Gaylard struck twice during his opening spell. Alan Burton (59) and Dinesh Kharel (37) added 91 for the fifth wicket before Harrison took over, taking 4-16 from his second four-over spell.
Harrison then joined Tristan van Ingen-Kal (63*) with Bays in trouble at 6/2. By the time their partnership was broken, the visitors had a first-innings lead and Harrison had his second hundred of the season. Bays then declared at 190/3 before left-armer Gaylard claimed two wickets in the first over of Ellerlie’s second dig. The hosts will resume next Saturday on 25/2, still trailing Bays by 10 runs.
Ellerslie 155 (A Burton 59, D Kharel 37, R Harrison 4-21) and 25/2 trail East Coast Bays 190/3 dec. (R Harrison 104, T van Ingen-Kal 63*) on first innings.
Grafton vs. Birkenhead – Victoria Park
Hemadri Chakraborty picked up where he left off from last week’s double-century, but Grafton fought back to sit on the brink of first-innings points. Arjuna Jayasinghe supported his opener with 45, but when Chakraborty (96) eventually fell four short of a second Premier hundred, Grafton sensed their moment. Lions skipper Hamish Robertson collected 5-22 as Grafton bowled Birkenhead out for 227.
Michael Ruffell (74*) then soaked up some late pressure after several Grafton batsmen were dismissed for promising starts. At 156/5, Birkenhead had tickets for some late drama. Ruffell was joined by Robertson (25*) and the pair were composed until stumps. Grafton trail by 21 with five wickets in hand entering Day Two.
Birkenhead 227 (H Chakraborty 96, A Jayasinghe 45, A Jayampathi 30, H Robertson 5-22) play Grafton 206/5 (M Ruffell 74*, K Ruffell 37)
Takapuna vs. Howick Pakuranga – Colin Maiden Park
A 66-run stand between Anna Browning (31) and Arlene Kelly allowed Takapuna to post a challenging total against Howick Pakuranga. The pair came together after Howick Pakuranga struck twice in the opening four overs. Kelly top-scored with 61, including 5 fours as Takapuna finished with 127/6.
Howick Pakuranga were pleased with their bowling effort before skipper Brooke Halliday (28) gave the Llamas a flying start. Holly Topp (37*) saw several partners come and go as Takapuna’s spinners came into the game. Despite Lauren Heaps conceding eight runs from her first over, the left-arm spinner finished with outstanding figures of 4-16 as Takapuna took a step closer to Finals Day.
Takapuna 127/6 (A Kelly 61, A Browning 31) defeated Howick Pakuranga 90/7 (H Topp 37*, L Heaps 4-16) by 37 runs.
Parnell vs. Cornwall – Colin Maiden Park
Cornwall’s bowlers put in a shift to squeeze Parnell during 20 tight overs. While Parnell only lost four wickets, Cornwall’s varied bowling attack kept a lid on boundaries. Shriya Naidu top-scored with 30 as Parnell were restricted to 84/4.
Maddy Curran struck twice in the opening three overs before Gemma Lord claimed the first of her two wickets. Between Bella Armstrong (29) and cameos by Claire Crooks and Tariel Lamb, Cornwall crossed the line with nine balls and four wickets in hand.
Parnell 84/4 (S Naidu 30) lost to Cornwall 85/6 by four wickets.
Auckland University vs. Papatoetoe – Colina Maiden Park
Auckland University held on in the end against Papatoetoe in a last-over thriller. Openers Katie Gurrey (40) and Emily Handyside (34) gave University the perfect start, racing out to 63 inside the first seven overs. Though Papatoetoe fought back through the middle, Prue Catton (37*) took on the role of finisher to lift University to 149/4.
Papatoetoe captain Regina Lilii led the way for the visitors, hitting 7 fours on her way to 68, while Lily Mulivai added impetus to the second half of the chase. Needing 16 runs off the last over, Lilii was run out off the first ball. Alex Eastwood then shut the game down, conceding just five runs from the final over.
Auckland University 149/4 (K Gurrey 40, P Catton 37*, E Handyside 34) defeated Papatoetoe 139/6 (R Lilii 68, L Mulivai 31) by ten runs.
Auckland University vs. Takapuna – Colin Maiden Park
In a playoff for Finals Day hosting rights and direct entry into next Sunday’s final, Auckland University decided to follow their blueprint from the earlier game. Katie Gurrey (72*) was again crucial in building University’s total, this time batting through the inning. While wickets were hard to come by, Takapuna’s bowlers kept University to 136/2.
Izzy Gaze (53) and Anna Browning (49*) then put on 100 for the first wicket. There was still work to do for Takapuna, however, with 37 required from 28 balls. Anlo van Deventer hit 21 off 15 before Browning hit ten off four balls to ease the tension in the final over to confirm Takapuna top spot on the Pearl Dawson Trophy table.
Auckland University 136/2 (K Gurrey 72*) lost to Takapuna 137/2 (I Gaze 53, A Browning 49*) by eight wickets.
Cornwall vs. Papatoetoe – Colin Maiden Park
Cornwall secured their place in the Elimination Final with a commanding win over Papatoetoe. Bella Armstrong got the ball rolling for Cornwall with two wickets in the powerplay before off-spinner Emily Thurman (3-20) took over. Fran Jonas was again impressive taking two wickets, while Regina Lilii top-scored for Papatoetoe with 38.
Saachi Shahri ensured Papatoetoe’s 87/9 wasn’t going to be enough, hitting 7 fours on her way to 52 not out. There would have been a flutter when Papatoetoe reduced Cornwall to 25/2. Tariel Lamb, however, gave Shahri good support as Cornwall made it two-from-two on the day with plenty of time to spare.
Papatoetoe 87/9 (R Lilii 38, E Thurman 3-20) lost to Cornwall 88/2 (S Shahri 52*) by eight wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Parnell – Colin Maiden Park
Brooke Halliday hit the first Pearl Dawson Trophy century of the summer as Howick Pakuranga finished with a 12-run win over Parnell. The Howick Pakuranga skipper took on Parnell’s bowlers to the tune of 15 fours, dominating a 146-run opening stand with Holly Topp (37*). Halliday was out with one ball left in the inning, finishing with 106 off 58 balls.
Marama Downes then pegged back Parnell in the powerplay with a pair of wickets. It was up to Yaz Kareem (57) and Stephanie Carr to rebuild the innings. The pair took their time, adding 72 for the third wicket to give Parnell a chance. For the Llamas, opening bowlers Downes and Amberly Parr returned at the death to close the game out.
Howick Pakuranga 151/1 (B Halliday 106, H Topp 37*) defeated Parnell 139/4 (Y Kareem 57) by 12 runs.