01 Jul, Friday

Howick Pakuranga take one day supremacy

Club Cricket

Howick Pakuranga take one day supremacy

Vanilla BriefClub Cricket

It took three weeks to get there but the Jeff Crowe Cup final was eventually played out at Shore Rd under blazing skies last weekend.

Howick Pakuranga had first use of a Shore Rd wicket that was not the easiest to score runs on and Parnell bowled tightly to reduce Howick to 139/6.

The fall of the sixth wicket brought together Aces all-rounder Greg Morgan and wicket-keeper Michael Davies. They combined to turn the innings around for Howick, with Davies batting through to the end and allowing his side to reach 191/7.

Parnell’s reply got off to a solid start with Doug Winger and Dave Houpapa batting comfortably, but a brilliant run-out by Brendan Kamal removed Houpapa and the middle order failed to fire.

A last wicket partnership between Shoruban Pasupati and James Walsh gave some hope of a last gasp recovery but it was not to be and Howick claimed their fourth one day title in five years.

Howick also have every chance of taking out the Hedley Howarth Trophy as well, as they lie second by less than a point with two rounds remaining.

The last two rounds have been blighted by rain as teams have struggled to make it out onto the field let alone pick up any championship points.

In the latest round North Shore got the most out of the limited play with a first innings win over Papatoetoe to close in on the leaders, and Suburbs New Lynn got enough out of their match against Cornwall to move into first place ahead of Howick Pakuranga.

In the Minor Championship only the game between Eden Roskill and Waitakere City saw any play across the two days with the points being shared in that contest and still leaving East Coast Bays heading the table.

In the Womens Premier competition the Twenty20 competition was a casualty of the unseasonal weather that Auckland has been suffering from across the last month, with South East and North East sharing the title.

With two rounds left to play in the Pearl Dawson Trophy the competition is wide open with only one win separating all four teams. The next two weeks will have everything riding on them as all teams battle it out for the last trophy of the season.

All sides will be hoping for a break in the weather to ensure the major spoils are decided on the field and not on the calculator.

Hedley Howarth Points Table

Match Reports