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Honda Financial Premiership Report | March 27

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Honda Financial Premiership Report | March 27

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Premier Women

Prichard Cup | Finals Round

FINAL | Takapuna 167 (E Irwin 49, A Todd 4-38) defeated Cornwall 152 (K Perkins 47*, S Shahri 45, J Barnett 5-19, A Browning 3-23) by 15 runs.

It didn’t come easy, but Takapuna have completed the T20 / 50-Over double and won a third straight Prichard Cup after a tense 15-run victory over Cornwall at Hobsonville Domain.

The Ponies were asked to bat first and found themselves in trouble at 52/4 with Amie Hucker and Anika Todd having early success. While Cornwall’s Todd (4-38) starred with the ball, Takapuna opener Emma Irwin fought through the onslaught. 

With much of the Ponies power back in the tent, Irwin added 53 runs for the fifth wicket with Anna Browning, before determined contributions by Sydney Bultitude and Clare Mains helped the hosts to 167. 

Chasing 168, Cornwall were given the perfect start as openers Saachi Shahri (45) and Sarah Carnachan took the visitors to 66 before the loss of the first wicket. The Takapuna spinners then slowed Cornwall down and eventually turned the match in their favour.

Browning added 3-23 to her 26 with the bat to put in a second all-round Finals performance, while Jane Barnett starred with 5-19. Barnett’s epic spell started with the wicket of Shahri, sparking the collapse that ultimately sealed the match for Takapuna.

Though Cornwall slid from 66/1 to 104/8, the game was not over with Katie Perkins at the crease. The HEARTS veteran battled through the squeeze with both No 10. Lydia Battin and No. 11 Anika Todd. Perkins (47*) kicked up a gear late on, but eventually ran out of partners. 

Browning had a hand in the final two wickets, first with Arlene Kelly taking a fine catch diving forward, before completing a run-out off her own bowling to seal a 15-run win and Prichard Cup glory for 2020/21.

Parnell 229/7 (E Baker 42, O Lobb 33, Yaz Kareem 31, L Ross 4-21) defeated Howick Pakuranga 223 (M Downes 68, A Parr 57, H Cullingworth 35, M Mason-Jones 4-23) by six runs. 

Parnell came out on top in a high-scoring thriller against Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park to claim third place in the Prichard Cup.

The Plums were given a sound start with Olivia Lobb (33) and Yaz Kareem (31) putting on 88 for the first wicket. Howick Pakuranga then fought back through Lauren Ross (4-21) before Emma Baker’s 42 lifted Parnell to 229/7 from their 50 overs. Molly Penfold helped tidy up the death overs, finishing with 2-12 from her six overs.

Howick Pakuranga’s chase took an early setback before Marama Downes (68) and Hannah Cullingworth (35) put victory back on track. Downes then put together an 85-run stand with Amberly Parr (57) for the fourth wicket. The required run-rate was well and truly in control for Howick Pakuranga before Makaylah Mason-Jones (4-23) ran through the tail. The Llamas were all out for 223 in the 40th over. 

Papatoetoe 92 (R Lilii 53, A Eastwood 4-27, M Templeton 4-32) lost to Auckland University 95/4 (K Gurrey 31) by six wickets.

Auckland University finished the season with a comfortable win over Papatoetoe and Colin Maiden Park.

Regina Lilii proved the only Papatoetoe player to stand up to the University attack. Lilii (53) scored more than half her side’s total of 92, batting through the inning and being the last to be dismissed. For University, both Alex Eastwood and Makayla Templeton took four wickets as Papatoetoe were all out inside 30 overs.

University’s chase was a routine one, with Katie Gurrey hitting 7 fours in her 31 off 22 balls. While the hosts’ middle-order wobbled somewhat, there wasn’t much left to do from there and University sealed victory in the 14th over with six wickets in hand. 

Premier Men

Hedley Howarth Trophy | Round Seven

Auckland University 165 (A Prasad 50, J Patel 40, J Low 32, S Devereaux 5-46) and 237/3 dec. (C O’Brien 62, A Vodnala 59, A Prasad 48, H Lowe 44*) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 149 (G Hanham 47, T Payle 33, K Mackenzie 4-17, A Ireland 3-34, N Stobart 3-40) and 256/4 (G Hanham 125, T Patel 76*) by six wickets.

Papatoetoe 259 (L Clark 95, L Istead 84, L Ferguson 3-40, J Parsons 3-40) and 249 (S Setia 121*, J Fisher 4-73) lost to Parnell 283/6 dec. (A Parikh 112*, A Lane 36, F McGregor-Sumpter 36) and 227/2 (B Rae 124*, A Lane 68) by eight wickets.

Grafton 314/9 dec. (A Edwards 103, J Venkatrao 53*, N Bhana 51) defeated North Shore 291 (S Keene 95, R Mudford 78, D de Boorder 56, N Bhana 4-76, D Gunawardene 3-49) on first innings.

Saturday saw one of the more dramatic final days in recent memory with three sides fighting it out for Hedley Howarth glory.

Ken Maunder Park | Suburbs New Lynn vs. Auckland University | The day started with Suburbs New Lynn knowing first-innings points against Auckland University would be enough to recapture the Hedley. Needing a further 112 runs with 7 wickets in hand, the hosts were odds on for an early finish. 

Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | Papatoetoe vs. Parnell | Parnell knew two things. One, that they needed University to do them a favour. Two, that they would need to force an outright win to have any chance if Suburbs were to falter. 

Victoria Park | Grafton vs. North Shore | North Shore were also in the mix but knew outright points were all but off the table after a tough slog on Day One. They too would need a University favour, but also one from Papatoetoe.

Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | Parnell seal first-innings points and bat through to 283/6 before declaring. With Suburbs New Lynn wobbling in the morning session, the Peaches advance the game as Aniket Parikh finishes unbeaten on 112 off 101 balls. 

Victoria Park | Simon Keene (95) and Riley Mudford (78) dig North Shore out of trouble and through to lunch at 185/5 chasing Grafton’s 314/9 dec. 

Ken Maunder Park | George Hanham and Tristan Payle fight during the morning session, but Suburbs are staring down the barrel by lunch. Hanham holds the key, but he’s running out of partners. Shortly after lunch, Suburbs are bowled out for 149, 16 runs short of first-innings points. 

Kieren Mackenzie (4-17), Anthony Ireland (3-34) and Nick Stobart (3-40) do the damage for University to ensure their Hedley Howarth Trophy survival for another year.


Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | Papatoetoe show a mix of aggression and determination, batting around Shane Setia (121*). Parnell progress the game by taking wickets at the other end, but Setia threatens to put the game out of reach for Parnell.

Victoria Park | North Shore know first-innings points would put them atop the table and it is now Keene and Derek de Boorder (53*) fighting for a lead. 

Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | Papatoetoe are bowled out for 249 in their second innings, setting Parnell 226 from 40 overs. 

Victoria Park | Grafton seal first-innings points by a margin of 23 runs. It is not enough to keep Grafton up in the top-eight, but it is enough to end North Shore’s run at the title. Nikheil Bhana (4-76) and Sineth Gunawardene (3-49) help Grafton finish with a win. 

Ken Maunder Park | University are off to a flier. Christy O’Brien (62), Ash Vodnala (59), Aakash Prasad (48) and Harry Lowe (44*) all have some fun at the crease to end the season. University owe Suburbs nothing, but the declaration comes at 237/3, setting the hosts a stiff target of 256 off 31 overs.

Steve Martin and Michael Barry race out of the blocks, but Suburbs are soon in trouble at 36/3. Advantage Parnell.

Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | It was a slow and steady start for Parnell, but eventually Ben Rae and Andy Lane found the bowling to their liking. The pair put on 156 for the second wicket to put Parnell in firm control.

Ken Maunder Park | Hanham shows he has two modes, and with Tejas Patel, drags the chase back in Suburbs’ favour. 

Papatoetoe Recreation Ground | Parnell completes the outright victory by eight wickets. Rae finished unbeaten on 124 off 111 balls, while Lane’s 68 took him to 1180 runs for the season. Parnell had done what they could to put the pressure back on Suburbs. 

Ken Maunder Park | With a bit of luck, Hanham put together the knock of his career, blasting 125 off 82 balls including 11 fours and 5 sixes. When news came through that Parnell had won, Suburbs needed 32 from the final eight overs of the season. 

Patel (76*) finishes the job with coach Jonny Bassett-Graham hitting the winning runs through extra cover. After a dramatic day, Suburbs eventually got the desired result, winning by six wickets and lifting the Hedley Howarth Trophy by the barest of margins. 

Suburbs New Lynn | 100
Parnell | 99

Takapuna 284 (M Jones 89, Q Sunde 82, T Aldous 36, L Dasent 5-75) lost to Cornwall 287/8 (Am Dhadwal 71, J Hayes 69*, M Guptill-Bunce 46, S Crooks 30, M Jones 4-73) on first innings. 

Resuming at 9/1, Cornwall were made to work by Takapuna for first-innings points at Onewa Domain.

Amit Dhadwal (71) and Michael Guptill-Bunce (46) got the visitors on the front foot, putting on 58 for the second wicket before Sam Crooks hit 30, but there were shaky waters ahead. 112/2 became 145/5 as Matt Jones (4-73) settled in from one end. 

No.7 Jamie Hayes led Cornwall’s rally with an unbeaten 69 off 83 balls. Hayes didn’t do it alone, however, combining with Saxon Gough (28) and Michael van den Berg (27*) to seal a win to finish the summer.

Tom Hellaby Trophy | Finals Round

Eden Roskill 85 (H Singh 5-30, R Naude 4-23) and 141 (S Mujtaba 65*, H Singh 7-69) lost to Howick Pakuranga 116/8 dec. (B Walsh 32, Y Zeb 3-5, J Kumar 3-48) and 111/5 (D Young 52) by five wickets.

It was an anticlimactic finish for Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park with Howick Pakuranga completing a comfortable outright win. 

Roskill entered Day Two in deep trouble halfway through their second inning. It didn’t get any prettier for the hosts, who were bowled out for 141 with leg-spinner Harmeet Singh adding 7-69 to his first innings’ figures of 5-30.

Chasing 111, Daniel Young (52) finished an outstanding season with yet another half-century. Howick Pakuranga threatened to finish the match in the fourth session, but the visitors can be proud of the character it took to take down the now Tom Hellaby Trophy champions. The two bowling points Roskill picked up on Day One proved the difference in the end and the Wolves can now look forward to top-eight cricket in 2021/22.

East Coast Bays 481/7 (S Langridge 173, M Ross 124*, R Harrison 110, D Patel 3-84) drew with Ellerslie 214/4 (P Narsimhan 81, D Kharel 51*, S Wimalaratne 30).

Ellerslie knew they were going to have to be patient if they were to emulate East Coast Bays’ batting effort and they did just that to salvage a draw.

Openers Parikshith Narsimhan and Shannon Wimalaratne built the platform for Ellerslie, putting on 97 for the first wicket. The pair showed great discipline to leave Bays frustrated through the majority of the first session. 

Narsimhan would top-score with 81 off 117 balls before Dinesh Kharel signed off a fine season with an unbeaten 51. Two overs after tea, with Ellerslie sitting comfortably at 218/4, the players decided to call it a day. Phil Mecredy was the pick of the Bays bowlers, picking up two of the four wickets to fall on Day Two.

Waitakere 168 (B Nash 57*, B Barnard 41, M Masand 5-61, A Frew 4-46) and 182/5 (B Barnard 105*, K Minhas 32) lost to Birkenhead 308 (T Gemlawala 67, M Masand 61, J O’Brien 53, J Houghton 37, J Henderson 3-66) on first innings.

At Te Atatu Park, Birkenhead put themselves in a position to claim a final-day outright but will have to settle for first-innings points against Waitakere. 

While it didn’t take long for Birkenhead to collect first-innings points early on Day Two, the remainder of the match was rather even. Overnight batsmen Tejas Gemlawala (67) and James O’Brien (57) were unable to truly push on before Mayur Masand hit a rapid-fire 61 off 38 balls. 

All out with a lead of 140, Birkenhead reduced Waitakere to 16/3 in their second dig. While Masand was in the action again with two of the first three wickets, the afternoon belonged to Brian Barnard (105*), who put together his fourth century of the summer to finish as Premier Cricket’s top run-scorer for 2020/21. The game was called off with Waitakere back in the lead at 182/5.