The six Premier Women’s teams assembled at Lloyd Elsmore Park for the final two rounds of the Pearl Dawson Trophy. Cornwall and Howick Pakuranga both defeated Takapuna to join runaway leaders Unitak this Sunday at Colin Maiden Park for finals day.
Unitak vs Parnell
Parnell batsmen Brianna Perry and Samantha Curtis led the fightback after Shriya Naidu picked up two wickets in the fourth over. Emma Irwin bowled her four overs on the trot at the death, picking up three wickets as Unitak posted 116/7.
Jessie Prasad and Kate Anderson bowled unchanged through the first six overs, restricting Parnell to just 3.2 an over. Alex Eastwood then took over the middle of the innings. The bowlers choked Parnell’s batting so comprehensively that in three overs Parnell lost three wickets and picked up just five runs. Unitak came away with a 35-run victory and confirmed they would go straight through to the final.
Unitak 116/7 (B Perry 39, S Curtis 28; S Naidu 3-17, E Irwin 3-32) defeated Parnell 81/5 (A Eastwood 2-10) by 35 runs.
Cornwall vs. Papatoetoe
Saachi Shahri got Cornwall’s day started with 53 off 50. Papatoetoe used eight bowlers to drag back Cornwall’s batting. The ploy succeeded, as Cornwall scored no boundaries in the last 10 overs, making 131/6 when 150 was on the cards.
Cornwall’s bowling started as emphatically as their batting. Bella Armstrong and Amie Hucker conceded just eight from the opening four overs. Fran Jonas and Khusboo Patel followed up, before Lily Mulivai hit four 4s in an over. Patel removed Mulivai in the 15th and Cornwall ran through the tail to pick up three points.
Cornwall 131/6 (S Shahri 53, L Telea 2-20) defeated Papatoetoe 102 (L Mulivai 29; K Patel 3-15 A Hucker 2-20) by 29 runs.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Takapuna
In a high-stakes affair, Josie Penfold and Skye Bowden were on-song through the early overs. Despite a plucky Sydney Bultitude cameo, Takapuna only managed 91/9. Allyssa Bowden made the most of bowling at an under-pressure middle-order.
If Howick Pakuranga hoped for a comfortable chase, nobody told Roz McNeill. The Hearts’ seamer picked up three wickets in her first two overs, reducing Howick Pakuranga to 7/3. Natasha van Tilburg stepped up to score runs as Lauren Heaps chimed in with a pair of wickets for Takapuna. Holly Topp and van Tilburg combined for an unbeaten 50-run partnership to get Howick Pakuranga home with four balls to spare.
Takapuna 91/9 (S Bultitude 21; J Penfold 2-13, A Bowden 2-13) lost to Howick Pakuranga 92/5 (N van Tilburg 55*; R McNeill 3-14, L Heaps 2-18) by five wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Unitak
Howick Pakuranga’s top order stood taller this match, but Unitak’s consistent bowling line-up wasn’t giving it away. Rewa Arora hit four 4s and van Tilburg hit five. When they were gone, Skye Bowden and Topp pushed Howick Pakuranga to 121/2.
Unitak’s batsmen made the chase look easy. Anderson made 40 off 31 and Prasad 40 off 28. At 77/2 after ten overs, the pressure was off and Unitak cruised home.
Howick Pakuranga 121/2 (N van Tilburg 47 ret., R Arora 30) lost to Unitak 122/3 ( J Prasad 40, K Anderson 40) by seven wickets.
Cornwall vs. Takapuna
Cornwall overcame a slow start to post a challenging 151/1. Shahri made her second 50 of the day, and Katie Perkins accelerated masterfully towards the end of the innings. A string of boundaries featured in the unbeaten partnership of 122. The pair hit 48 runs from from the final four overs to get Cornwall past 150.
Armstrong again built pressure, conceding just nine runs from her four overs. Takapuna needed a victory to have any chance of making the finals, and needed to win big if they were to get ahead on net run-rate. In the end, there was too much work left for the Takapuna middle order, and Cornwall finished convincing victors.
Cornwall 151/2 (S Shahri 70*, K Perkins 68*) defeated Takapuna 103/6 (A Kelly 26, A van Deventer 25) by 48 runs.
Papatoetoe vs. Parnell
Skipper Regina Lilii paved the way for Papatoetoe. Parnell bowled tightly up front, but pressure did not beget wickets. Lelia Bourne and Feala Vaelua both chimed in as Papatoetoe set 133/4.
Three run-outs hampered Parnell’s hopes of ending the competition on a high. Olivia Lobb and Ella Farrell made a run-a-ball 56 for the first wicket, and Naidu did her best to hold the innings together. However, Mulivai, Meddy Hyde and Vaelua bowled economical spells to keep Parnell pinned down. Although late hitting closed the gap, Papatoetoe finished with a solid win.
Papatoetoe 133/4 (R Lili’i 48, F Vaelua 26*; J Barker 2-14) defeated Parnell 117/7 (E Farrell 28, O Lobb 28; F Vaelua 2-18, C Hakeagatoa 2-20) by 16 runs.