It was all go on Saturday with some impressive performances, both individual and collective, in the Men’s 50-Over competitions and the first Pearl Dawson double-header of the summer!
Jeff Crowe Cup
East Coast Bays 206/8 (R Schierhout 45, C Briggs 30) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 94 (J Bassett-Graham 47, C Gaylard 5-18) by 103 runs (DLS).
It was a grind for East Coast Bays but a series of batting contributions helped the hosts to a winning score of 206/8. Ryan Schierhout (45) saw two partners dismissed during Carl Brungar’s opening burst before too-scoring for Bays. Cole Briggs (30) and Campbell Knowles (27) also grafted as Suburbs kept a lid on Bays middle order.
In reply, Bays were on too early, essentially killing off the game in the first 7 overs. Caleb Gaylard took the momentum of his unbeaten 24 with the bat to rock Suburbs’ top order. The left-armer had four wickets in his first four overs. Jonny Bassett-Graham fought for 47, before Gaylard (5-18) came back to collect his fifth wicket as Suburbs were bowled out for 94 in the 30th over.
Cornwall 249/4 (Am Dhadwal 122, Ad Dhadwal 77) defeated Howick Pakuranga 244 (A Morrison 116, D Winn 55, M van den Berg 5-26) by five runs.
The Dhadwal brothers again featured heavily in what ended up being a dramatic match against Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park. Amit Dhadwal batted through all but one ball of the inning, hitting 122 off 141 balls, including 6 fours and 2 sixes. Joined by brother Aditya (77) at the fall of the first wicket, the pair added 151 to play a major role in Cornwall posting 249/4.
Howick Pakuranga were in early trouble, reduced to 21/2 at the end of the 10th over. Andrew Morrison (122) and David Winn (55) then helped pull the Alpacas back into the match. Just when Howick Pakuranga appeared to be on track for victory with Morrison and Ollie Blandford (38) at the crease, Michael van den Berg (5-26) and Freddie Klaasen (2-46) returned to decimate the Howick Pakuranga tail. When van den Berg claimed the wicket of Morrison in the 48th over, there was still enough batting to come but Cornwall were able to sneak home by five runs.
Parnell 217/8 (B Rae 62, F McGregor-Sumpter 42, A Parikh 34) defeated North Shore (J McKenzie 55, R Hira 43, B Wall 37*, F de Villiers 3-25) by 23 runs – match reduced to 37 overs.
Parnell continued their impressive Jeff Crowe Cup run, making it 3-from-3 with a 23-run win over North Shore at Shore Road. After a delayed start shortened the match to 37 overs per side, Ben Rae (62) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (42) patiently set about building a platform on what proved a tricky wicket. When North Shore eventually made their first breakthrough in the 18th over, courtesy of a Ben Wall run out, the visitors hit back.
Chasing 218, North Shore were in disarray at 44/5 in the 14th over as Fanie de Villiers (3-25) ran riot. Jock McKenzie (55) led a counter-attack, putting on 100 for the sixth wicket with Ronnie Hira (43). The partnership threatened to take the match away from Parnell before Aniket Parikh nabbed both set batsmen. With seven overs left, Shore needed 69 runs to win. Ben Wall (37*) lead a rearguard effort, hitting 4 sixes, but his entertaining knock was to be in vain as Shore were all out for 194 in the final over.
Takapuna 220 (Q Sunde 80, R Quinn 30, P Fletcher 3-39) lost to Auckland University 222/3 (C Ansell 57, A Vodnala 46, J Low 38*, A Prasad 34, C O’Brien 31*) by seven wickets
Takapuna suffered their third Jeff Crowe Cup defeat with Auckland University pulling off a comfortable chase at Onewa Domain. The Pirates were given an excellent start by their openers before Pierce Fletcher (3-39) hit back for University. With wickets falling around him, wicketkeeper Quinn Sunde (80) forged on and, with Ryan Quinn (30), lifted Takapuna to 220 all out in the 50th over.
University, who have had some tough times at Onewa Domain in the recent past, benefitted from a solid opening stand of their own with Conor Ansell (57) and Aakash Prasad (34) putting on 62. Ash Vodnala (46) increased the scoring through the middle overs as Takapuna searched for a wicket. When the hosts finally nabbed both Ansell and Vodnala, Jonathan Low (38*) and Christy O’Brien (31*) combined to see University claim a confident seven-wicket victory with 2.5 overs to spare.
Richard Jones Cup
Hibiscus Coast 136 (R Lakmal 35, U Patel 4-22) lost to Eden Roskill 138/6 (O Chakraborty 60, J Kumar 33*) by four wickets.
Eden Roskill picked up their first Richard Jones Cup victory after a fine display with the ball against Hibiscus Coast. Young left-arm spinner Umang Patel helped Roskill run through the Coast middle order after Ramesh Lakmal fell for 35. Patel finished with 4-22 from 9.1 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 136 in the 44th over.
The hosts reply was anything but smooth losing both openers without scoring. When Lakmal grabbed his second wicket in the fourth over, Roskill were in deep trouble at 11/3. Knowing they had plenty of time, Oyashik Chakraborty (60) and Swayam Desai (22) slowly rebuilt the inning. There was still work to do when No. 7 Jeet Kumar (33*) came to the crease and the all-rounder confidently took his side to victory, hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes as Roskill won by four wickets with the best part of 15 overs to spare.
Birkenhead 263/9 (J O’Brien 60, A Christian 39, S Rajwer 38*, A Jayampathi 31, A Ogra 3-48) defeated Ellerslie 250 (A Ogra 68, V Khanna 59, S Venville 50, A Frew 3-36, A Jayampathi 3-45) by 13 runs.
Birkenhead remain unbeaten in the Richard Jones Cup after a third successive victory, this time over Ellerslie at Birkenhead War Memorial. The story of the first half of the match was one of middling partnerships as Birkenhead made 263/9, with only one player going past 40. That player was James O’Brien (60), while Akash Christian (39), Simon Rajwer (38*) and Anuradha Jayampathi (31) all kept Birkenhead moving. For Ellerslie, Stephen Venville took four outfield catches and Akash Ogra claimed 3-48.
It was a different story for Ellerslie, with Ogra (68), Varun Khanna (59) and Venville (50) all making fifty. Unfortunately for the visitors, however, the chase began to fizzle before the death overs. With Jayampathi (3-45) and Angus Frew (3-36) circling, Venville threatened to stage a heist, hitting 3 fours and 3 sixes as part of his 26-ball fifty, but his wicket was the first of two in the 49th over, sealing Birkenhead a nervy 13-run victory.
Waitakere 206 (B Barnard 81, J Henderson 59, D Taylor 4-33) lost to Grafton 209/3 (N Fletcher 78*, N Bhana 54*, K Ruffell 45) by seven wickets.
Grafton maintained their perfect start to the Richard Jones Cup with a win over Waitakere and their third consecutive successful chase. Waitakere’s Brian Barnard continued his excellent form with 81 off 87 balls but his was a lone hand at the top of the order. It wasn’t until Jack Henderson (59) joined Barnard that Waitakere put together a significant partnership of 103. The innings fell away from there, with Dylan Taylor claiming 4-33 to help bowl Waitakere out for 206.
With rain delays in the first inning and the match reduced to 45 overs, Grafton’s target was adjusted to 213. The visitors faced some early adversity before Kyle Ruffell (45) and Nathan Fletcher compiled 67 for the third wicket. Though the wicket of Ruffell gave Waitakere an opening, Fletcher (78*) and Nikheil Bhana (54*) quashed any hopes of it being any more than that, putting on a match-winning stand of 122 to see Grafton sitting atop the Richard Jones table after the first three rounds.
Papatoetoe 295 (L Istead 99, J Plummer 51, N Aujla 40, Stephen Money 31, S Mehta 3-60) defeated Kumeu 239 (S Irfan 40, S Mehta 40, D Laban-Jeffries 35*, J Patel 34, L Istead 3-33, J Plummer 3-39) by 56 runs.
Papatoetoe made the trip out west to Kumeu and came away with a third Richard Jones Cup win at Huapai Domain. A series of partnerships helped Papatoetoe build a daunting total with top-order contributions by Josh Plummer (51), Stephen Money (31) and Logan Clark (27) laying the groundwork for what was to come. Sahil Metha (3-60) kept Kumeu in the contest for some time before Luke Istead (99) and Navdeep Aujla (40) lifted Papatoetoe to 295 all out in the 47th over.
Istead (3-33) may have narrowly missed out on his century, but he more than made up for it by taking the first three Kumeu wickets. The hosts continued to slide and, at 89/7, Papatoetoe would have had designs on an early finish. Though the result was never in doubt for Papatoetoe, Kumeu fought through to the 47th over with Syed Irfan (40), Mehta (40), Dion Laban-Jeffries (35*) and Jay Patel all frustrating the visitors.
Pearl Dawson T20 Championship
Papatoetoe 106/5 lost to Auckland University 107/2 (H Huddleston 30) by eight wickets – match reduced to 15 overs.
Auckland University kicked off their Pearl Dawson Trophy defence with a comprehensive victory in a 15-over match against Papatoetoe. Batting first, Papatoetoe were given a reasonable start by Tetiare Mataora and Cordelia Gallagher before University tightened the screws. In reply, Holly Huddleston (30) and Jesse Prasad (26) both spent time at the crease, helping their side to an eight-wicket win.
Parnell 83/8 lost to Takapuna 85/1 (L Down 36*, A Kelly 32*) by nine wickets.
New competition. Same Takapuna. The Ponies started 2021 in the same way they ended 2020, with a comfortable victory over Parnell. Despite being transferred to artificial, Takapuna’s bowlers settled in on a testing line and length as Arlene Kelly, Roz McNeill and Lexi Wood all picked up two wickets. Chasing 84, Lauren Down (36*) and Kelly (32*) made short work of the target as Takapuna took victory by nine wickets in the 15th over.
Cornwall 67/6 defeated Howick Pakuranga 43/5 by 24 runs – match reduced to 12 overs.
In another match reduced in overs, Cornwall came out on top in a low-scoring match against Howick Pakuranga. Howick Pakuranga will have been pleased with their first-up bowling effort behind Molly Penfold and Amberly Parr, who both took two wickets to help keep Cornwall to 67/6 from their 12 overs. Cornwall’s bowlers were accurate and made it equally as difficult for the Howick Pakuranga batters as Bella Armstrong finished with 2-6 from her three overs.
Takapuna 170/2 (L Down 106*, R McNeill 33) defeated Papatoetoe 46 by 124 runs.
Lauren Down starred for Takapuna, scoring the competition’s first hundred for 2020/21, in a resounding win over Papatoetoe. Down hit 9 fours on her way to an unbeaten 106 off 64 and shared an opening stand of 122 with Roz McNeill (33). With 170/2 on the board, Takapuna then made the most of the scoreboard pressure to bowl Papatoetoe out for 46. McNeill added two wickets to her knock, while Arlene Kelly and Clare Mains both took two wickets as well.
Howick Pakuranga 95/9 (E Drumm 3-8) defeated Parnell 92/8 (E Farrell 36) by three runs.
Howick Pakuranga shook off their Round One loss to pick up a tense three-run victory over Parnell. Batting first, Radhika Patel (29) gave Howick Pakuranga a platform to build on; Parnell, however, took regular wickets throughout as Ella Drumm (3-8), Yaz Kareem (2-7) and Wilmari Pretorius (2-18) combined to keep the Llamas to 95/9. Molly Penfold and Rae Allright quickly had Parnell in early trouble. At 19/4, Ella Farrell (36*) did her best to rally for Parnell, but Jamie-Lee Bird (2-21) and Lauren Ross (2-19) held their nerve to secure victory.
Cornwall 192/3 (K Perkins 79*, S Shahri 50) defeated Auckland University 130/8 (N Matthews 33, L Battin 4-14) by 62 runs.
Cornwall made it two-from-two to start their Pearl Dawson Trophy campaign with a 62-run win over Auckland University. Led by fifties to Katie Perkins (79*) and Saachi Shahri (50), Cornwall posted the biggest total of the day – 192/3. Perkins hit 10 fours during her unbeaten 46-ball knock, whil9e Shahri found the boundary seven times. Despite a breezy start by Naomi Matthews (33) and a patient 26 by Jesse Prasad, University couldn’t keep up with the required run-rate. For Cornwall, Lydia Battin (4-14) starred with the ball, while youngster Anika Todd picked up 2-23.