It was a day where cricket felt like a bit of an afterthought, as players all across the city observed a moment’s silence in the wake of the terror attacks in Christchurch.
With almost all of the two-day matches rained out last week, innings’ were restricted to 50 overs each.
The day started off grey and overcast at Shore Road, where Parnell were hosting East Coast Bays. Winning the toss and putting Bays in to bat, Parnell got an immediate reward as Ollie Pringle dismissed Tristan van Ingen-Kal for one, and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy had Giles Laville caught for six.
The Parnell eased off somewhat. Ryan Harrison and Cole Briggs combined to put on 99 runs, each going at more than a run-a-ball. Ratnasabapathy dismissed Harrison for 66 – including 4 sixes – but that didn’t put a crimp on Briggs’ scoring rate. Along with Ryan Schierhout, Briggs took Bays to 234/5 by the time the fifty-over finish was enforced.
The innings didn’t start well for Parnell. Ben Rainger made a two-ball duck, and Ben Rae raced out to 17 off 16 before he was bowled by Grant Celliers.
Coming in at 28/3, Andy Lane and captain Brad Rodden provided a steadying influence, taking Parnell to tea at 58/3.
East Coast Bays’ captain Louis Delport was proving hard to get away. Just after Lane brought up his 50, he drove a ball from Delport straight to a fielder.
With five overs remaining and Parnell seven wickets down, East Coast Bays’ fielders swarmed around the bat, looking to take any chance possible.
Harry Miller and Flynn McGregor-Sumpter survived the pressure as the time stretched towards seven, and eventually the match was declared a well-fought draw.
Hedley Howarth Championship
East Coast Bays 234/5 (C Briggs 72*, R Harrison 66; G Ratnasabapathy 2-53) drew with Parnell 143/7 (A Lane 51, F McGregor-Sumpter 26*; J van der Sande 2-26, L Delport 2-33).
Takapuna 266/4 (M O’Dowd 146, G Harley 56; T Jolley 3-54) drew with Howick Pakuranga 253/6 (B Walsh 120, D Grobbelaar 33; R ter Braak 2-30, D James 2-57).
Auckland University 159 (B Beecroft 54, C O’Brien 28; T Nidamanuru 3-32, E Jones 2-9) and 74/3 (J Windler 37; F de Villiers 2-16) won first innings against Cornwall 124 (Am Dhadwal 42, S Marra 16; J Patel 3-31, C Jasmat 2-9).
Suburbs New Lynn 287/5 (M Barry 137*, R Majithia 59; B Singh 3-97, L Istead 2-57) drew with Papatoetoe 147/5 (J Dunford 82*, D Singh 26; M Murray 2-16).
Tom Hellaby Championship
Eden Roskill 285/8 (S Desai 85, S Sharma 55; T Wannan 5-58, R Evans-Moore 3-62) won first innings against Waitakere 242 (J Challis 75, B Cachopa 60; H Johal 7-60, R Sandhu 3-49).
Birkenhead 198/4 (A Jayasinghe 90*, C Rajapaskha 58*; T Duncraft 2-28) drew with
North Shore 164/8 (S Hinds 39, R Thompson 26; R Meadows 3-30, A Christian 2-18).
Grafton 220/8 (J Parsons 68, M Snedden 25; A Sreenivasan 4-76, A Maasch 2-31) drew with
Ellerslie 171/6 (A Burton 100*; J Parsons 1-17).
Takapuna 236/7 (A van Deventer 43, S Bultitude 38; L Jeeru 2-24) defeated Cornwall 67 (E Thurman 12; L Heaps 3-16, C Mains 2-6) by 169 runs.
Howick Pakuranga 176/6 (A Parr 45, N van Tilburg 39; M Cooke 2-29) defeated Unitak 139 (S Curtis 33, J Prasad 33; M Downes 5-45, J Penfold 2-17) by 37 runs.
Parnell 177/7 (Y Kareem 66, O Lobb 39; L Telea 3-23, M Tato 2-19) lost to Papatoetoe 181/8 (F Vaelua 50*, T Hickson 31; S Naidu 3-27, M Curran 2-34) by two wickets.