With the T20 finalists found mid-week, Saturday saw the resumption of Jeff Crowe Cup and Pearl Dawson Trophy action. The temperature was up, and the heat was on for sides wanting limited-overs glory later in the season.
Jeff Crowe Cup
Waitakere vs. Auckland University
At Te Atatu Park, University won the toss and elected to bat first. Waitakere would have done the same and it didn’t take long to work out why. Vijay Anand was outstanding in the first ten overs in setting the foundation for University. The right-hander hit a run-a-ball fifty. There wasn’t much in the wicket for Waitakere, but the hosts did slow the scoring when the pace came off the ball.
Charles Lowen drove University into a winning position. He was assertive in chipping over the in-field and ran the Waitakere fielders ragged. Lowen’s hundred was appropriately brought up with a swept single to midwicket. Waitakere fought back in the last ten taking six University wickets to keep University to 318.
Nathan Fletcher took a lot of the early strike and flew out the blocks hitting five fours and a six. Shozib Mirza got into his work when Fletcher was bowled in the 13th over. Jared Challis came in at four and wasted no time. Just when University were starting to build some serious pressure, Challis rattled off 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 30-ball 39.
University rang the changes, Mirza fell short of fifty and the required run-rate continued to lift. A Lowen-like inning never came for Waitakere as Jonathan Low controlled the middle of the innings. Lowen added four stumpings – including two sharp efforts down the leg-side – to his stunning hundred.
University 318 (C Lowen 104, V Anand 53; T Wannan 3-66, T Ngatai 2-49) defeated Waitakere 210 (S Mirza 47, N Fletcher 41; J Low 3-32, F Allen 2-26) by 108 runs.
Grafton vs. Parnell
The runs didn’t flow as freely at Shore Road. Grafton won the toss and elected to bat first. Parnell’s bowlers found their rhythm and openers Ollie Pringle and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy settled into extended spells. The pair reduced Grafton to 50/3 after 12 overs.
Jack Parsons found the going much easier than most hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes in his 48. Henry King then provided Ben Horne with his first of six catches for the day to break a fourth-wicket partnership heavily dominated by Parsons. Josh Fisher got in on the act and Grafton gradually tumbled to 131 all out inside 39 overs.
The chase wasn’t exactly smooth-sailing for Parnell losing 5 for 18 just when the chase look may have looked comfortable. Grafton skipper Michael Snedden knew the match wouldn’t last the fifty overs and wisely used his front-line bowlers early. Dexter Marsh, the best of his options, took his third consecutive Jeff Crowe four-for to give Grafton a sniff. In the end, Fisher and King added 16 runs for the ninth wicket to take a crucial three points.
Grafton 131 (J Parsons 48, P Patel 24; H King 3-34, J Fisher 2-19) lost to Parnell 132/8 ( B Rae 31, A Lane 29; D Marsh 4-51, M Snedden 2-24) by two wickets.
Birkenhead vs. Howick Pakuranga
Wins don’t come much more comprehensive than this one for Howick Pakuranga. They won the toss and electied to bat first at Birkenhead War Memorial Park. Birkenhead’s opening pair would have been pleased with their efforts. Tony Treadaway claimed the first wicket in his first over, before Andrew Morrison and Bill Walsh put on 80 for the second wicket.
When Walsh was adjudged leg-before, Brian Barnard joined Morrison in Howick Pakuranga’s hunt for 300. The hard-hitting right-hander blitzed 70 – including 6 fours and 4 sixes – in a partnership of 103. Walsh would fall ten short of a deserved century, but Dale Phillips would not. Coming to the crease with eleven overs to go wasn’t going to stop the dimunitive all-rounder from stamping his mark on the innings. Phillips blast 11 fours and 5 sixes scoring a memorable 45-ball ton.
Birkenhead’s pursuit of 342 never truly got going and a dominant Howick Pakuranga bowling attack made short work of their afternoon’s work. The hosts were out for a disappointing 96 in the 39th over. Walsh and Phillips added five wickets, a run-out and a catch between them to complete a 245-run win for the unbeaten Howick Pakuranga side.
Howick Pakuranga 341/5 (D Phillips 101*, A Morrison 90; T Treadaway 2-53) defeated Birkenhead 96 (B Walsh 3-13, D Phillips 2-3) by 245 runs.
Papatoetoe vs. Eden Roskill
Papatoetoe Recreation Ground played venue to a far closer contest after the home side won the toss and elected to bat first. While Harjot Johal kicked off the wicket-taking for Eden Roskill in the second over, Papatoetoe were able to keep their run-rate above five throughout the powerplay.
At the halfway mark, Papatoetoe were 119/2. Jake Dunford and Logan Clark both scored patient half-centuries allowing Papatoetoe to keep wickets in hand for a late-innings assault. Jeet Kumar’s three wickets made it tough to truly launch, but a Dilpreet Singh cameo and three late Ben Westerlund boundaries ensured Papatoetoe had 261/8 to defend.
Eden Roskill were guided by yet another Barrington Rowland special and a fighting Oyishik Chakraborty inning. Mick Hosking and Lakshay Bhardway kept Papatoetoe in the hunt as Eden Roskill’s top seven all hit boundaries in a disciplined accumulative effort. The heat came on with the finish line in sight when Papatoetoe took 4-5 in eleven deliveries, but with two runs to get Harjot Johal cleared to rope to record a memorable one-wicket triumph.
Papatoetoe 261/8 (J Dunford 73, L Clark 50; J Kumar 3-51, H Johal 2-41) lost to Eden Roskill 266/9 (B Rowland 79, O Chakraborty 48; L Bhardway 4-44, M Hosking 2-28) by one wicket.
Takapuna vs. Cornwall
Takapuna and Cornwall met at Onewa for the second time in four days and the hosts again batted first and put a middling total on the board. Cornwall had two wickets inside six overs, but not before Guy Harley bashed 4 fours and 3 sixes to race Takapuna out of the blocks.
Regular wickets kept the innings in check as Takapuna searched for that inning of substance. It never came, but five players scored between 27 and 40 which was enough to scrape through to 244 all out on the final ball of the innings. Cornwall’s wickets were also shared across six bowlers with Sam Anderson and Matt Gibson the pick of eight bowlers used.
Left-arm spinner Matt Jones opened up for Takapuna and promptly bowled Evan Jones for a duck. There was more trouble for Cornwall when 9/2 became 35/3. The Dhadwal brothers then put together a 70-run fourth wicket partnership to get Cornwall back in the match, before Jones came back and bowled Amit Dhadwal.
The required run-rate hovered around six with 20 overs to go. Lucas Dasent single-handedly kept Cornwall in it with 6 fours and 4 sixes until he too was bowled by Jones. Ross ter Braak grabbed a second scalp to make a tough task tougher before Jones aptly had the final say.
Takapuna 244 (Q Sunde 40, R ter Braak 38; M Gibson 2-12, S Anderson 2-18) defeated Cornwall 216 (Aditya Dhadwal 61, L Dasent 59; M Jones 4-20, R ter Braak 2-25) by 28 runs.
Ellerslie vs. North Shore
At Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie won the toss and elected to bowl first. The hosts ran into a spot of bother after a relatively sedate start. The early disciplined work of Dinesh de Silva and Ryan Higgins meant North Shore past 50 in the 15th over and 100 in the 26th.
Wickets in hand allowed the middle order to score at least a run-a-ball; fifties to Graeme Beghin, Michael Olsen and Samuel Hinds and an important 35 from Tendai Chitongo allowed North Shore to post a daunting total.
With 254 to get, Ellerslie would need both stability and positivity. Gus McKenzie found an outside edge to immediately put Ellerslie on the back boot. It didn’t get much easier as Matt Strain spun a spectacular web. His figures would read 3-2 off four overs. Captain Olsen then threw Chitongo the ball and he picked up where Strain left off. Six overs later, the leg-spinner had 2-4 and Ellerslie were eventually bowled out for 69.
North Shore 253/5 (G Beghin 57, S Hinds 53, M Olsen 52; R Higgins 3-45) defeated Ellerslie 69/9 (M Strain 3-2, T Chitongo 2-4) by 184 runs.
East Coast Bays vs. Suburbs New Lynn
In the low-scoring last-ball thriller of the round, Suburbs New Lynn won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a disastrous start for Suburbs losing both openers inside the first seven overs in reasonable batting conditions. A slow start made for some long East Coast Bays’ spells.
Michael Barry held the first thirty overs of the innings together, but when he was caught for 39 Suburbs slid to 132 all out. Louis Delport and Ryan Schierhout led a particularly impressive Bays’ bowling effort.
It didn’t take long for Suburbs to get back in the match. 12/2 became 68/6 after the Devereaux brothers – Luke and Sam – and Victor Davies ran through the top order. Keeper Cole Briggs then marshalled the tail. At 98/8, Suburbs were odds on to register a third win in the competition. Blair Smith came to the crease and supported Briggs beautifully. Jeet Raval came on for the final over to defend 5 runs. With scores tied on the last ball, Blair Smith found a gap and hit one final boundary to secure a two-wicket win.
Suburbs New Lynn 132 (M Barry 39, V Davies 18; R Schierhout 3-10, L Delport 3-32) lost to East Coast Bays 136/8 (C Briggs 62*, B Smith 16*; D Watson 3-17, V Davies 2-15) by two wickets.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
The Premier Women’s T20 competition played rounds three and four at Cornwall Park. The standout performer of the day was Unitak’s Katie Gurrey, who propelled her side to victories over Takapuna and Parnell with a century in each match. Parnell’s Madison Curran picked up all five wickets in the Plums’ match against Unitak, but Gurrey’s unbeaten 136 was enough to beat Parnell on its own.
Howick Pakuranga also picked up two victories, including a 146-run decimation of Takapuna. Radhika Patel made 73 in Howick Pakuranga’s first innings of 194. Then Alyssa Bowden’s 5-11 and Marama Downs’ 3-4 had Takapuna all out for 48.
Hosts Cornwall also picked up two wins, batting second against Parnell and Papatoetoe for convincing victories in low-scoring matches.
Next week the Pearl Dawson Trophy double-headers move to Te Atatu Park.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
Unitak 170/7(K Gurrey 100, S Curtis 28; L Strydom 3-32, L Heaps 2-36) defeated Takapuna 109/6 (S Bultitude 44 L heaps 22; M Cooke 2-29, N Reddy 1-10) by 61 runs.
Howick Pakuranga 146/7 (L Western 43, A Parr 27; L Mulivai 4-22) defeated Papatoetoe 104 (L Telea 75*; J Penfold 5-14, A Parr 2-15) by 42 runs.
Parnell 89/7 (K Browne 21*, I Mills 21; E Fulbrook 3-24, A Hucker 1-5) lost to Cornwall 90/4 (E Fulbrook 44*, G Adams 11; G lord 2-16 M Curran 1-13) by six wickets.
Unitak 204/5 (K Gurrey 136*, S Curtis 23*; M Curran 5-28) defeated Parnell 118/7 (S Carr 42, Y Kareem 33; S Curtis 1-12) by 86 runs.
Papatoetoe 91/6 (L Telea 38*, K Nonu Lui 12; K Patel 2-25, F Jonas 1-6) lost to Cornwall 92/1 (G Adams40*, E Fulbrook 29*; F Vaelua 1-12) by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga 194/5 (R Patel 73, N Van Tilburg 46; R Nicholas 1-24) defeated Takapuna 48 (Z Williams 14; A Bowden 5-11, M Downes 3-4) by 146 runs.