It was Christmas double-header weekend and there were upsets aplenty in the Jeff Crowe Cup, Richard Jones Cup and T20 Championships.
Jeff Crowe Cup | Round Two
Suburbs New Lynn 109 (D Grobbelaar 5-25, R Naude 4-18) lost to Howick Pakuranga 113/1 (B Walsh 33*, A Morrison 32*) by eight wickets.
Howick Pakuranga made light work of Suburbs New Lynn on the back off a superb bowling effort. Suburbs may have regretted handing Howick Pakuranga the ball at the toss, as Donovan Grobbelaar (5-25) dealt them a deadly hand. Grobbelaar ripped through the Suburbs top order with George Hanham (26) and Sean Playle (27) the only batsmen to make significant contributions. Rowan Naude (4-18) took care of the tail to give Howick Pakuranga a great chance of notching their second win. Suburbs were all out for 109 in the 38th over.
Coming out to bat Howick Pakuranga were playing with house money and it didn’t take long for the chips to fall. Suburbs’ struggled to make similar inroads, allowiing Bill Walsh (33) and skipper Andrew Morrison (32) to help Howick Pakuranga cruise to an eight-wicket victory.
Takapuna 223/9 (D James 49, R Quinn 43*, C Mahoney 30, R Hira 4-31) lost to North Shore 226/7 (S Keene 61, S Hinds 59, M Olsen 34, R Hira 30, M Jones 3-24) by three wickets.
North Shore emerged with the spoils against Takapuna in a battle over the bridge on Saturday. Tim Duncraft had Takapuna reeling early with the wicket from the first ball of the day. Coel Mahoney (30) and the rest of the top order worked hard to lay a platform to launch from. Daniel James (49) and Ryan Quinn (43) did just that and their 84-run sixth-wicket stand helped Takapuna reach 223/9. Ronnie Hira delivered figures of 4-31 for North Shore, but the late flurry of runs meant it was likely he would be called upon to do a job with bat in hand as well.
This rung true as North Shore’s chase went into the final over. Half-centuries at the top from Sam Hinds (59) and Simon Keene (61) put their side firmly in the drivers’ seat. Michael Olsen (34) played with a composure that set the tone for North Shore to withstand a late bowling charge led by Matt Jones (3-24). Hira steered his team home and was removed late on 30 with North Shore needing only a handful more runs to claim a three-wicket victory.
East Coast Bays 283/6 (S Langridge 90, R Schierhout 48, T van Ingen-Kal 38, J Fisher 3-69) lost to Parnell 284/5 (A Lane 95, B Rae 66, W Ormiston 42, A Parikh 35) by five wickets.
Strong performances from both top orders produced a close game at Shore Road. Batting first, East Coast Bays’ opener Ryan Schierout played the aggressor, with his 48 from 34 balls providing the impetus for his side. Tristan Van Ingen Kal (38) supported Sebastian Landridge (90), who anchored the innings through to the 46th over. Josh Fisher was the pick of the Parnell bowlers with 3-69 in an innings where runs came thick and fast.
Ben Rae set the wheels in motion, racing through to 66 from 49 balls. Skipper Andy Lane (95) continued to lead by example; Lane’s second consecutive week as Parnell’s top run-scorer sees him lead the competition after the first two games. Will Ormiston provided a patient 42 and that, coupled with a quickfire cameo from Aniket Parikh (35), gave Parnell the breathing room necessary to close out the game.
Auckland University 194 (H Lowe 87*, M van den Berg 3-34) lost to Cornwall 197/6 (Ad Dhadwal 94, J MacKinnon 44) by four wickets.
Cornwall made it two on the trot at home, leaving University still searching for their first win. After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Cornwall managed to tie down the visitor’s openers before striking in the 10th over. That brought Harry Lowe to the crease, and his well-crafted 87 from 141 balls at the crease proved to be the thorn in Cornwall’s side. Wickets continued to fall around Lowe and University stuttered to 194. Michael van den Berg (3-34) led an excellent all-around bowling attack from Cornwall in which each bowler picked up a wicket.
In reply, Josh Mackinnon (44) and Aditya Dhadwal (94) put on a steadying first-wicket stand, combining for 104 runs after losing an early wicket. Dhadwal’s slew of boundaries against his former club contributed to a free-flowing innings. The match was all but wrapped up by the time he was dismissed at 178/5, with Cornwall needing only 35 overs to reach their target.
Richard Jones Cup | Round Two
Papatoetoe 286/7 (L Istead 105, B Rowland 82, N Aujla 39, L Ellis 3-40) defeated Hibiscus Coast 264 (R Lakmal 76, J Grobler 71, C Elliot 42, S Birla 5-43) by 22 runs.
Hibiscus Coast’s home debut in the Richard Jones Cup was an impressive one, but there was no fairytale ending against Papatoetoe. Barrington Rowland followed up last week’s ton with a commanding 82 from 97 balls, including 8 fours. Lucas Ellis (3-40) bowled well through the middle overs before Luke Istead (105) joined teammate Rowland in becoming the competition’s early centurions. His 100-run partnership with Navdeep Aujla (39) carried Papatoetoe to a lofty total of 286/7.
With a daunting chase ahead of them, Coast needed a strong start and Jason Grobler (71) provided it by hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes during his 103-ball stay. Ramesh Lakmal found a rhythm and played with positive intent for his 76 runs, 44 of which came from boundaries. The hosts were precariously positioned at 200/4 heading into the final 10 overs when Sunit Birla rose to the occasion, taking a five-wicket haul in the space of seven overs. Craig Elliot (42) was the last of the Coast resolve and when he was bowled by Birla burst through the tail to finish with figures of 5-43.
Eden Roskill 183 (O Chakraborty 42, S Desai 38, M Masand 4-37) lost to Birkenhead 186/5 (J Houghton 78*, J O’Brien 45) by five wickets.
Birkenhead continued their promising start to the competition with a comfortable win over Eden Roskill. Roskill’s Swayam Desai (38) started off well before Kevin van Schalkwyk and wicketkeeper James O’Brien combined to run him out. That was the first of four dismissals that gloveman O’Brien would have a hand in during the day. Oyashik Chakraborty laboured for his 42 but his departure in the 38th over at 137/7 left Eden Roskill with a bit of work to do. Wickets continued to fall and Mayur Masand (4-37) again led the attack as Eden Roskill finished with 183.
Defending 183 was always going to be a tough ask and Eden Roskill asked some fantastic questions after the break. At 31/3, Birkenhead need to graft. Opener Jeremy Houghton (78*) was the man to stand up and with O’Brien’s support, dug Birkenhead out of a hole. Harjot Johal bowled a tight spell of 2-19 from his eight overs but his efforts couldn’t prevent Birkenhead from coasting to a five-wicket win with more than five overs to spare.
Kumeu 204 (T Satti 86, H Robertson 4-36) lost to Grafton 205/8 (D Taylor 58, A Edwards 50, R Jenner 4-44) by two wickets.
Kumeu’s homecoming in Huapai didn’t quite finish with a win, but there was plenty of tension as they pushed Grafton all the way. After being sent in to bat, Kumeu’s top order carved out a decent start thanks in large part to Tazz Satti’s emphatic 86 from just 76 balls. Grafton skipper Hamish Robertson (4-36) took it upon himself to get his team into the match, with all four of his wickets removing members of Grafton’s top five batsmen. The rest of the batting order couldn’t measure up and Robertson was well supported in the attack by Jack Dymond and Campbell McKegg. Kumeu were left all out for the respectable total of 204.
An opening stand of 122 from Grafton openers Alex Edwards (50) and Dylan Taylor (58) set up their run chase perfectly. Kumeu’s Ryan Jenner’s (4-44) ensure Grafton were tested till the end. However, with the majority of Grafton’s batsmen entering double digits in the run column, they reached the required total with two wickets in hand and eight overs to spare.
Waitakere 264/5 (S Mirza 105*, J Henderson 43, B Nash 41) lost to Ellerslie 266/2 (A Alam 110, A Ogra 104*) by eight wickets.
Michaels Ave proved to be a batting paradise as home side Ellerslie came out on top against Waitakere in a high-scoring affair. The early departures of Waitakere’s openers quickly turned to fools gold as Shozib Mizra (105*) and captain Brad Nash (41) piled on the runs. Mirza is yet to be dismissed in the competition and trails only Papatoetoe’s Barrington Rowland as the top run-scorer so far. Number six batsmen Jack Henderson provided an authoritative 43 to cap off an innings of 264 from Waitakere.
Defending a really competitive total, Waitakere’s bowlers could not find an early pressure to make the most of their considerable scoreboard pressure. Avi Ogra (104*) and Abrar Alam (110) put on 198 run for the second-wicket to suck all the life out of Waitakere’s defence. The oustanding efforts of Ellerslie’s twin centurions saw the hosts claim an 8-wicket victory with 2.1 overs in the bank.
T20 Championship | NorthWest Pool | Round Three
North Shore 98 (E du Toit 4/19, T Wannan 3/10) defeated Waitakere 91 by seven runs.
North Shore and Waitakere played out a low-scoring thriller at Devonport Domain with the hosts sneaking home by seven runs. It was a bowlers’ morning with Enrico du Toit (4/19) and Todd Wannan (3/10) ripping through Shore’s dangerous top order. It wasn’t any easier for Waitakere, who crumbled from 45/0 to be bowled out for 91, with Simon Keene, Manaia Harris, Will Clarke and Zac Watson all picking up two wickets.
Suburbs New Lynn 106/7 (S Martin 42, J Quensell 3-22) lost Takapuna 109/5 (Q Sunde 50*) by five wickets.
In another tight low-scoring affair, holders Takapuna claimed what could prove to be a crucial five-wicket win over Suburbs New Lynn. While Steve Martin (42) held the Suburbs innings together, Jayden Quensell’s three wickets saw the hosts struggle through to 106/7. In reply, opener Quinn Sunde (50*) kept Takapuna moving in the right direction and eventually across the line with two balls to spare.
East Coast Bays 117/8 (T van Ingen-Kal 47, J Patel 4-24) lost to Kumeu 123/5 (H Gujral 61, P Kumar 40*) by five wickets.
Kumeu chalked up another dramatic upset, this time against East Coast Bays by five wickets at Ken Maunder Park. Batting first, East Coast Bays were held to 117/8 with Tristan van Ingen-Kal top-scoring for Bays with 47. Jay Patel (4-24) led Kumeu’s stand with the ball, removing both Bays openers in the powerplay. Ryan Schierhout (2/8) and Josh van der Sande (2/13) made an explosive start of their own, reducing Kumeu to 12/4 before Harkaran Gujral (61) and Pankaj Kumar (40) turned the match with a 91-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Birkenhead 122/8 (A Jayampathi 34, A Christian 30) defeated Hibiscus Coast 113/9 (B Norris 53) by 9 runs.
Birkenhead kicked off a memorable day with a tense nine-run win over Hibiscus Coast at Devonport Domain. Three wickets inside the powerplay saw Hibiscus Coast ahead of the game before Anuradha Jayampathi (34) Akash Christian (30) pushed Birkenhead past 120. Chasing 123, Coast had a similar start to their inning. At 64/5, Brad Norris (53) threatened to steal the show, hitting 7 fours and a six, only for Mayur Masand and Angus Frew to quieten the tail with two wickets apiece and clinch victory for Birkenhead.
T20 Championship | NorthWest Pool | Round Four
North Shore 147/4 (M Olsen 46*, H Chakraborty 42) lost to Birkenhead 150/6 (A Christian 55) by four wickets.
Birkenhead made it two-from-two to sign off 2020 with a four-wicket win over North Shore at Devonport Domain. Michael Olsen (46) and Hemadri Chakraborty (42) were the best of the Shore batsmen, lifting their side to a competitive 147/4. After losing their top three in the first seven overs, Akash Christian led the Birkenhead fightback with 55 off 40 balls. With the game in the balance, Simon Rajwer and Anuradha Jayampathi found the boundary to take Birkenhead to equal-top of the NorthWest table.
Waitakere 161/6 (S Mirza 55, J Henderson 32) lost to Hibiscus Coast 162/4 (J Grobler 44, D Kumarasinghe 43) by six wickets.
Hibiscus Coast bounced back from a Round Three defeat to Birkenhead with an impressive chase and win against Waitakere at Devonport Domain. For Waitakere, Shozib Mirza (55) continued his Christmas form before Jack Henderson (32) provided his side with a big finish. Chasing 162, Coast lost openers early on. That didn’t spell the end of the chase, however, with Jason Grobler (44*) guiding the chase, while Duminda Kumarasinghe hit 3 fours and 3 sixes during his unbeaten 43 off 23 balls as Coast took victory with four balls to spare.
Suburbs New Lynn 163/8 (S Martin 60, T Payle 31) defeated East Coast Bays 162/9 (M Ross 43, C Briggs 35) by one run.
Suburbs New Lynn kept their semi-final hopes alive, but only just, after a slender one-run win over East Coast Bays at Ken Maunder Park. Suburbs openers Steve Martin (60) and Tristan Payle (31) gave their side the perfect start, racing out to 75/1 inside seven overs. Bays fought back through the middle and the death as Suburbs finished on 163/8. There was plenty of toing and froing during the chase with Michael Ross (43) and Cole Briggs (35) keeping Bays in the match, but Michael Barry (2-11) had a hand in both batsmen’s dismissals. Needing seven off the last, Barry conceded just five runs to help his side sneak home.
Kumeu 123 (M Shifaz 31, J Quensell 3-15) defeated Takapuna 104 (T Nethula 3-6) by 19 runs.
Kumeu find themselves atop the NorthWest table after taking down defending champions Takapuna at Ken Maunder Park. Takapuna were on top for most of the first inning with Mohamed Shifaz top-scoring for Kumeu with 31 off 27 balls. Jayden Quensell continued his fine T20 form with figures of 3-15 as Kumeu were bowled out for 123 in the final over. Jay Patel picked up from where he left off in the morning, snaffling both Pirate openers in hist first over. Guy Harley (28) and Austin Jones (27) attempted to rebuild from a disastrous start before Tarun Nethula (3-6) and Tazz Satti (2-23) took Kumeu to a 3-1 record.
T20 Championship | CentralEast Pool | Round Three
Cornwall 156/8 (J MacKinnon 61, Ad Dhadwal 37, P Narsimhan 3-13) defeated Ellerslie 136/6 (A Alam 62, L Wheeler 3-22) by 20 runs.
Cornwall started a two-from-two day with a comfortable 20-run victory over Ellerslie at Cornwall Park. Batting first, openers Josh MacKinnon (61) and Adithya Dhadwal (37) made an explosive start, taking the hosts out to 80 before losing their first wicket. Though Parikshith Narsimhan (3-13) pegged Cornwall back at the death, the hosts finished with 156/8. A second-wicket stand of 66 between Abrar Alam (62) and Avi Ogra (26) threatened to take the game away, but ultimately Liam Wheeler’s triple-strike proved crucial in securing Cornwall’s 20-run win.
Parnell 151/5 (F McGregor-Sumpter 55, A Lane 37, S Birla 3-24) lost to Papatoetoe 152/3 (J Plummer 62, L Clark 41*) by seven wickets.
Josh Plummer and Logan Clark helped Papatoetoe register a confident seven-wicket victory over Parnell at Cornwall Park. Batting first, Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (55), Andy Lane (37) and Aniket Parikh (27) built away nicely for Parnell. Sunit Birla was excellent with the ball for Papatoetoe, making three important breakthroughs as Parnell posted 151/5. Opener Plummer (62) was at his aggressive best, hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes, but there was still work to do in the 12th over. Clark (41*) was joined by Arminder Sohal (26*) and the pair added 59 to seal a seven-wicket win.
Grafton 123 (D Taylor 30, B Lewis 3-20, A Vodnala 3-30) lost to Auckland University 126/4 (C Ansell 57*, J Low 35) by six wickets.
Auckland University claimed there second T20 victory of 2020/21 with an impressive win over Grafton by six wickets. Dylan Taylor and Alex Edwards gave Grafton a solid platform, flying out to 50/0 in the fifth over. From there, it was all University as Ben Lewis (3-20) and Ash Vodnala (3-30) tore through the Grafton middle order. Chasing 124, Conor Ansell (57*) and Jonathan Low (35) took their time after a troublesome start; though 12/2 became 112/4, Ansell remained at the crease to guide the chase home.
Howick Pakuranga 142/6 (B Walsh 49, D Grobbelaar 33, D Winn 33, R Sandhu 3-24) lost to Eden Roskill 145/4 (S Sharma 49*) by six wickets.
Eden Roskill kicked off what would be a perfect day with a six-wicket win over Howick Pakuranga at Colin Maiden Park. Bill Walsh (49*), Donovan Grobbelaar (33) and David Winn (33) were asked to work for a total by Eden Roskill’s varied attack. Raja Sandhu led the way for Eden Roskill, picking up 3-24 from his four overs as Howick Pakuranga posted 142/6. Several starts got the reply moving, but it was the unbeaten fifth-wicket stand between Shaneil Sharma (49*) and Aniket Joshi (24*) that took Eden Roskill over the line with nine balls to spare.
T20 Championship | CentralEast Pool | Round Four
Cornwall 120/8 (N Aujla 3-17) defeated Papatoetoe 73 (S Marra 3-8) by 47 runs.
Cornwall’s second victory of the day came in a rather different fashion against Papatoetoe. Meeting on the back of commanding wins, this was one for the bowlers. While Navdeep Aujla (3-17) built on some solid work by the visiting attack, a late stand by Lucas Dasent (28) and Michael van den Berg gave Cornwall a competitve total. The chase of 121 would have felt like a whole lot more for Papatoetoe, when Freddie Klaasen struck twice in his first two overs. Scott Marra (3-8) and Dasent (2-11) then ripped out the middle and lower order to sign off 2020 with a 47-run win.
Ellerslie 121/9 (J Fisher 3-30) lost to Parnell 122/1 (A Lane 76*, F McGregor-Sumpter 44*) by nine wickets.
Parnell made short work of Ellerslie to give their net run-rate a massive boost ahead of the run home post-Christmas. Batting first, Ellerslie only had one partnership of substance with Abrar Alam (27) and Dinesh Kharel (23) putting on 51 for the fourth wicket. Chasing 122, Parnell lost a wicket on their first ball, but it was a mere speedbump for Andy Lane (76*) and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (44*), who took the attack to the Ellerslie bowlers. Lane was particularly belligerent, hitting 13 fours and a six, as the pair scored the required 122 in 10.3 overs.
Auckland University 113/7 (J Low 41, N Stobart 40, O Chakraborty 3-24) lost to Eden Roskill 117/4 (O Chakraborty 44) by six wickets.
Two sides looking to double down at Colin Maiden were Auckland University and Eden Roskill. University weren’t able to match their earlier efforts as the visitors again only employed five bowlers; the best of those bowlers was Chakraborty (3-24) as Jonathan Low (41) and Nick Stobart (40) carried University to 113/7. Chakraborty (44) hit 8 fours in another rather simple chase for Eden Roskill, who sit just outside the top two after four matches.
Howick Pakuranga 195/4 (D Young 83, D Grobbelaar 57) defeated Grafton 148/7 (J Doctora 63*, H Singh 4-24) by 47 runs.
Howick Pakuranga kept themselves in the playoff picture with one of the more convincing victories of the day against Grafton. Daniel Young (83) and Donovan Grobbelaar shared a match-defining second-wicket partnership of 106, laying the foundation for the highest total of the day – 195/4. Harmeet Singh (4-24) ensured Grafton’s chase never hit the same heights, but there was something to cheer about with No.9 Jay Doctora adding an unbeaten 63 off 26 to his earlier two wickets. In the end, Howick Pakuranga took a 47-run to move to a 2-2 record.