Parity between bat and ball was somewhat restored on an overcast day in the Honda Financial Premiership. Though bowlers across Auckland found the conditions more to their liking, there were seven centuries scored as the rain stayed away for some outstanding cricket.
Cornwall vs. Parnell – Cornwall Park
Fanie de Villiers and Josh Fisher bowled Parnell to a first innings win over Cornwall after last week’s big outing with the bat.
Cornwall opener Shastryn Nair fought for fifty with nightwatchman Abidine Sakande, as the pair made a solid fist of the first hour before it all started to happen for Parnell in the lead up to lunch. de Villiers (5-42) was never far from the action, while Josh Fisher (4-48) combined with wicketkeeper Harry Miller thrice cutting through the middle-order.
Cornwall slid from 84/2 to 94/7 in the space of seven overs. de Villiers returned shortly into the post-lunch session to complete his second five-wicket haul of the season.
With a lead of 198, Parnell enforced the follow on. Aditya Dhadwal ensure Cornwall played out the remaining overs, scoring 87 off 78 deliveries, while Peaches’ wicketkeeper Harry Miller added two more catches to the five he claimed in the first innings.
Parnell 367/9 dec (A Parikh 107, F McGregor-Sumpter 95, B Rainger 40, O Shepperson 4-80) defeated Cornwall 169 (S Nair 51, L Dasent 48*, F de Villiers 5-42, J Fisher 4-48) and 123/3 (Ad Dhadwal 87) on first innings.
Takapuna vs. Suburbs New Lynn – Onewa Domain
Two sides willing to play ball made for an entertaining afternoon as Takapuna took overall honours with a reverse outright over Suburbs New Lynn.
Takapuna’s Mike Sclanders (66) played aggressively in the face of some testing bowling, but Sam Devereaux (4-53) dragged the first innings back in the visitor’s favour. Though Craig Cachopa (65*) kept Suburbs honest with a mix of sound defence and willing strokeplay, Dane Watson’s two wickets meant the first innings result was only going one way.
The Pirates declared at 198/9. Sineth Gunawardane (65*) and Finn Allen put together 77 off 53 balls as Suburbs raced towards a declaration of their own. Takapuna were left to chase 266 in just over a session.
Ben Lister struck twice, before Sclanders (58) and Will O’Donnell (55) both hit 7 fours and a six to put the chase back on track. Cachopa returned to the crease and played the decisive knock, blasting 105 off 65 deliveries. Out with 31 runs to get, Suburbs had no answers for Cachopa, whose 9 fours and 6 sixes put the Pirates on course.
Hendrik van Vuuren and Simon Matthewson put away 31 off 15 balls to take Takapuna across the line and secure valuable outright points.
Suburbs New Lynn 345 (M Barry 127, M Murray 111, J Bassett-Graham 42) and 118/4 (S Gunawardene 65*, F Allen 36) lost to Takapuna 198/9 dec (M Sclanders 66, C Cachopa 65*, S Devereaux 4-53) and 266/5 (C Cachopa 105, M Sclanders 58, W O’Donnell 54, B Lister 3-64) outright by five wickets.
Auckland University vs. Howick Pakuranga – Colin Maiden Park
Howick Pakuranga reminded competitors of their Championship credentials with a comfortable chase over Auckland University.
Resuming on 51/0, the visitors lost Daniel Young at the end of the day’s second over. From there, Bill Walsh and Andrew Morrison batted through the morning session. Off-spinner Jonathan Low had Morrison stumped on 66 shortily after lunch, ending the second-wicket stand at 123.
Though University still had 107 runs in the bank, Walsh was well set and nearing a century. The experienced left-hander kept the score ticking over as Brian Barnard worked into his innings. Walsh (122) hit his 12th boundary of 14 to bring up three figures before Howick Pakuranga past University’s 287.
With outright points out of the question, the Alpacas continued on. Ben Hawkes picked up four wickets, including the wicket of Barnard on 86. Danru Ferns had some fun late in the inning allowing Howick Pakuranga to declare at 367/9 and ask University to have another bat. The hosts made their way to 60/0 before the players shook hands.
Auckland University 287 (A Vodnala 96, V Anand 86, A Prasad 32, A Jones 4-112, M Blandford 3-41) and 60/0 (C Ansell 32*) lost to Howick Pakuranga 367/9 (B Walsh 122, B Barnard 86, A Morrison 66, D Young 34, D Ferns 33*) on the first innings.
North Shore vs. Papatoetoe – Devonport Domain
North Shore fought through rain and a middle-order partnership to take first-innings points at home over Papatoetoe.
Papatoetoe required 166 runs when play resumed on Day Two. Four overs in, rain stopped play. Navdeep Aujla and Luke Istead continued to fight, adding 60 runs for the sixth wicket, before Carl Brugar found some extra zip to knock back Istead’s off stump.
Aujla made his way to fifty, before Simon Keene began a short-pitched spell. Keene’s approach paid dividends, picking up three wickets. In between times, Tendai Chitongo’s ripping leg-spinner to Lakshay Bhardwaj helped North Shore edge closer to a first-innings lead. One final Keene bouncer ended up in the hands of a fielder as Papatoetoe were bowled out for 221.
Papatoetoe employed a short-ball theory of their own as North Shore made their way to 120/3.
North Shore 292 (S Keene 100, S Hinds 95, R Thomson 35, B Singh 5-28) and 120/3 (R Hira 41*) defeated Papatoetoe 221 (J Plummer 66, N Aujla 50, S Keene 3-5, T Chitongo 3-55, T Duncraft 3-57) on the first innings.
Waitakere vs. Ellerslie – Te Atatu Park
Jared Challis’ extraordinary knock lead Waitakere to a mammoth chase and one which will have many reaching for the Premier Cricket record books.
When Ellerslie declared on Day One at 384/5, few would have thought Waitakere would chase it down. The wicket at Te Atatu Park is known to be flat and the hosts made the most of it, batting long into Day Two.
Shozib Mirza and James Venkatrao put on 81 for the first wicket. It came in good time too as Waitakere went to lunch at 132/2. Venkatrao (71) then combined with Jack Henderson for 69. The pair, however, were dismissed in back-to-back overs just prior to tea. Waitakere returned from the final break still requiring 192.
With the support of skipper Brad Nash, Challis went about dismantling the Ellerslie attack. The right-hander went on to score his first Premier hundred from just 68 deliveries. The knock didn’t stop there. Challis finished unbeaten, hitting 20 fours and 8 sixes on his way to scoring 167 out of Waitakere’s final 220 runs.
Ellerslie 384/5 (H Azad 198, A Burton 45, M Wall 38, V Khanna 30) lost to Waitakere 403/6 (J Challis 167*, J Venkatrao 71, S Mirza 48, B Nash 35, W Henderson 31) on the first innings.
Grafton vs. Eden Roskill – Victoria Park
Resuming at 119/3, Grafton’s Michael Ruffell and Nathan Fletcher continued to keep the Eden Roskill attack at bay. The pair had added 51 at the end of Day One and ended five runs short of Grafton’s all-time fourth-wicket record of 165, set in 1924-25.
Ruffell (108), in his 91st match, was patient hitting 11 fours on his way to his first Premier ton. When Fletcher was caught on 86, Grafton had eyes on a first-innings lead. Harjot Johal, however, remained committed, taking the wickets of both set batsmen. Two others followed, but Jack Dymond and Ryan Phizackerley held their nerve and scored the 13 required for a first-innings lead.
At 307/9, Grafton’s declaration came. Eden Roskill’s Mujji Mujtaba (51) and Vamshi Puppala (42) played positively before Carl de Beer (4-58) halted their progress. Eden Roskill declared late on setting the hosts 162 to win from 17 overs.
Sachin Variath and Harrison Ward raced out to 50 inside five overs. The boundaries continued to be peppered when Fletcher arrived at the crease, with the in-form batsman plundering 3 sixes from his first six balls.
Harrison Ward’s blitz came to an end on 47 with the chase in the comfortable hands of first innings heroes. Fletcher (65*) hit a 22-ball fifty to make it all a relatively simple finish for the Lions, winning by eight wickets with an over to spare.
Eden Roskill 293 (R Sandhu 64, B Rowland 60, B Vora 53, S Desai 40, H Robertson 3-38, C de Beer 3-69) and 175/7 (M Mujtaba 51, V Puppala 42, C de Beer 4-58) lost to Grafton 307/9 dec (M Ruffell 108, N Fletcher 86, H Johal 5-79) and 162/2 / (N Fletcher 65*, H Ward 47) outright by 8 wickets.
Birkenhead vs. East Coast Bays – Birkenhead War Memorial
East Coast Bays made short work of the Birkenhead tail to take first-innings points, but the hosts fought back the second time around.
After a brief rain delay, Phil Mecredy picked up where he left off on Day One claiming two more wickets ending Birkenhead’s resistance on 122. Opener Tony Treadaway was the last man out, caught in the deep for 47, as Mecredy walked off the pitch with six wickets to his name. A lead of 233 allowed the visitors to enforced the follow-on.
East Coast Bays hunt for outright began promisingly with the wickets of both openers before lunch. The experienced Akash Christian decided the best form of defence was to attack. 20 fours, 2 sixes and 136 runs later, Birkenhead were all but even with five wickets in hand.
The pace at which Birkenhead were scoring, however, kept East Coast Bays interested. The host’s middle-order and tail ensured the fight continued. An aggressive Mayur Masand took his chance to play with freedom, flaying 10 fours and 3 sixes during his 42-ball 76.
East Coast Bays 355/9 (R Schierhout 115, C Gaylard 61, C Groenink 50, B Smith 44, A Jayampathi 4-66) defeated Birkenhead 122 (A Jayasinghe 47, T Treadaway 47, P Mecredy 6-26) and 374/9 (A Christian 136, M Masand 76*, A Jayasinghe 37, A Jayampathi 33, C Rajapaksha 32, L Delport 4-84, P Mecredy 3-124) on first innings.
Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe – Hobsonville War Memorial
Takapuna made it two from two in convincing fashion. The Ponies’ seamers were relentless before Sydney Bultitude dismantled the visitor’s tail with the Prichard Cup’s second hat trick in as many weeks.
Papatoetoe skipper Regina Lilii (33*) carried her bat as her young side struggled to cope with the accuracy of Takapuna’s bowlers. Bultitude wrapped the Papatoetoe innings up in the 25th over with figures of 4-9.
Lauren Down (48*) and Anna Browning made short work of the chase. Down hit five fours as Takapuna took just nine overs to seal the victory.
Papatoetoe 66 (R Lilii 33*, S Bultitude 4/9) lost to Takapuna 67/0 (L Down 48*) by ten wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Cornwall also maintained their perfect record to start the season with a similarly convincing victory over Howick Pakuranga.
Bella Armstrong and Amie Hucker put immediate the early pressure on. Breezy Illing, however, was the bowler to make the first breakthrough. Two balls into what proved to be a memorable spell, the left-arm seamer took Cornwall’s first wicket. Illing didn’t stop there. 8.1 overs. 2 maidens. 19 runs. 7 wickets.
Fran Jonas’ figures also made for impressive reading, with the left arm orthodix spinner taking 3-2 from eights overs, six of which were maidens. Annie Ewart and Gemma Adams steered Cornwall chase home.
Howick Pakuranga 40 (B Illing 7-18, F Jonas 3-9) lost to Cornwall 41/0 by ten wickets.
Parnell vs. Auckland University – Thomas Bloodworth Park
A dominant partnership between Katie Gurrey and Anna Peterson set Auckland University on their way to a win over Parnell.
The experienced duo took the initiative in the early overs and never looked back, piling on 257 off 193 deliveries. Gurrey (149) was the first out, but not before plundering 19 fours and 3 sixes. Peterson (121) was equally as powerful, hitting 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Jesse Prasad (53*) played the role of finisher as the middle-order pushed the visitors through to 382/4. Prasad then set the tone for the chase with a maiden, before Alex Eastwood (6-25) and Ahalya Babu (3-20) made use of the considerable scoreboard pressure, while Emily Handyside snaffled five catches behind the stumps.
Auckland University 382/4 (K Gurrey 149, A Peterson 121, J Prasad 53*) defeated Parnell 92 (A Eastwood 6-25, A Babu 3-21) by 290 runs.