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Premier Cricket Long Report - 16 February

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Premier Cricket Long Report – 16 February

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Hedley Howarth Championship – Round 5

Auckland University vs. Suburbs New Lynn

Resuming on 51/1, Auckland University faced a long day of batting to have any hope of overhauling Suburbs New Lynn’s total of 397/9. The batsmen had the best of the conditions and needed to spend plenty of time at the crease. Ben Beecroft and Jeet Patel grafted through the majority of the morning session.

Dane Watson broke the 122-run partnership prior to lunch, snaring Patel for 57. Beecroft continued on to his second 100 of the season.
For Suburbs, Jordan McLeod toiled in the hot sun – breaking developing partnerships along the way. When University lost Beecroft for a marathon 154, the middle order soaked up the pressure.

At 80 overs, University were 285/4 with the best part of a session to play. Suburbs stuck at their task and continued to make strides towards an important result. Five overs. Three wickets. 20 runs.

After 95 overs in the field, Watson was again the man to get the breakthrough, sneaking one through Nick Stobart’s defences. Michael Barry did the same to Aakash Prasad two balls later, before Watson picked up the final wicket of Caleb Jasmat, taking first innings points by 17 runs.

Suburbs New Lynn 397/9 dec. (M Barry 102, J Cracknell 80; A Ireland 4-74) won first innings against Auckland University 380 (B Beecroft 154, J Patel 57; J McLeod 3-61, D Watson 3-92).

Papatoetoe vs East Coast Bays

East Coast Bays entered day two in considerable trouble at 70/5 in reply to Papatoetoe’s 367. Louis Delport refused to go into his shell – hitting 54 from 40 balls to give Bays some impetus. Ryan Schierhout was far more sedate in his approach, but was equally effective in blunting Papatoetoe’s spin-heavy attack.

Harshal Vyas eventually made the breakthrough before Bhupinder Singh wrapped up the tail to give Papatoetoe a first innings lead of 142.

Papatoetoe enforced the follow-on and East Coast Bays soon found themselves in familiar trouble. Giles Laville came out aggressively after losing his opening partner in the first over.
Singh came on in the sixth over and, after Laville hit him for six his first over, ran through East Coast Bays middle order.
Singh ended with second-innings figures of 6-22, giving him a ten-wicket haul for the match.

East Coast Bays had no answer to the onslaught. They were rolled for 78 in their second innings, and Papatoetoe won with an innings to spare.

Papatoetoe 367 (J Plummer 97, J Dunford 68; M. Ross 3-37, L. Delport 3-125) defeated East Coast Bays 225 (R Schierhout 63, L Delport 54; B Singh 4-38) and 78 (G Laville 31; B Singh 6-22) by an innings and 64 runs.

Cornwall vs. Takapuna

In another match with an imposing first innings total on the board, Takapuna began day needing 387 for first innings points. Matt Gibson gave Cornwall the perfect start when had opener Guy Harley LBW for one. Shane Setia lost another partner in the 12th over, which brought Will O’Donnell to the crease. The pair batted conservatively through to lunch, looking to set a platform for the Pirates to launch from.

It wasn’t to be, as Ben Naylor and Teja Nidamanuru combined for a second time soon after lunch. Will O’Donnell was on his way for 52 and Takapuna needed a strong middle-order stand. After two more wickets, the job fell to Ryan Quinn. Setia was still fighting on, and Quinn joined him to take Takapuna through to tea. In the 74th over, Setia was caught for 74, ending a stubborn 216-ball stay at the crease.

Quinn was joined by Luke Buxton and the Pirates pair were resolute in defence. Cornwall rang the changes, while Quinn found regular boundaries. By now, Takapuna were batting for the draw. Cornwall threw everything at the visitors and eventually saw success. Evan Jones trapped Quinn in front for 83 and Scott Marra did the same to Ross ter Braak.

Cornwall had 34 balls left to take the final two wickets. Number 10 Jordan Sussex survived 20 of them as he and Buxton denied Cornwall the result.

Cornwall 386 (E Jones 77, Ad Dhadwal 75) drew with Takapuna 319/8 (R Quinn 83, S Setia 74; S Marra 3-77) on first innings.

Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga

Starting the day on 55/1, Howick Pakuranga had high hopes of quickly putting first innings points in their back pocket. Mindful of not throwing away an advantage, Daniel Young and Andrew Morrison ground out the first hour, before Keegan Russell trapped Morrison in front for 47. Brian Barnard continued in the same fashion, and Howick Pakuranga went past Parnell’s 178 to take the batting bonus point of 180 shortly after lunch. Bill Walsh then declared immediately, leaving Young on 90*

Parnell then set about racking up a defendable total. Josh Fisher led the way with 84 from 44 balls, ably assisted by Harry Miller. A flurry of boundaries from Fisher and an aggressive declaration from Parnell set Howick Pakuranga 225 to win from 35 overs.

Young was unable to pick up when he left off – he was out LBW in the first over. Walsh and Morrison then took aim at the total. Morrison got to forty for a second time in the match, while Walsh hit seven boundaries in his 66.

Barnard made the most of the established platform when he came in at 91/2. He faced just nine dot balls in scoring 78 off 54 balls.
Parnell needed to contain the Alpacas for just a few more overs before the close of play. They were unable to do so, as Barnard hit two boundaries to claim an outright victory.

Parnell 178 (O Pringle 54; D Ferns 4-57, M McEwan 3-53) and 224/5 dec. (J Fisher 84*, B Rae 35) lost to Howick Pakuranga 181/2 dec. (D Young 90*, A Morrison 40) and 225/4 (B Barnard 78*, B Walsh 66) by 6 wickets.

Tom Hellaby Championship – Round 5

Birkenhead vs Grafton

Starting the day on 22/1, Birkenhead toiled for 10 overs to set themselves to chase down the 332 set by the visitors.

Then Dexter Marsh took the ball for Grafton and found immediate success. Marsh picked up four wickets in his six-over spell, reducing Birkenhead to 72/6.

Onesh Labrooy and Akash Christian weren’t prepared to lie down, however. Eager to give their team a respectable total – and to reduce the time Grafton had to pick up an outright win – they took Birkenhead first to lunch, then over the 150-run mark.

Labrooy went firstfor 36, caught off Michael Snedden. Christian lasted another eight overs before marsh struck again, and he was caught on 89. Birkenhead’s innings concluded on 228.

Grafton enforced the follow-on, with just over a session to pick up 10 wickets. Marsh got them off to a perfect start, picking up two wickets before tea.

Birkenhead Captain Laurie Agnew came in knowing his side needed a decent knock to avoid a loss. Ashwin Jayasinghe played in the supporting role, and then when he was out, Roop Bommala came in to see out the innings. Bommala played four scoring shots off 49 balls – but most crucially, he didn’t get out.

At the end of play Agnew reached 81 not out, and Grafton had to settle for the first-innings win.

Grafton 332/9 dec. (O Westbury 121, J Parsons 43; James Beuvink 2-20) won first innings against Birkenhead 228 (A Christian 89, O Labrooy 36; D Marsh 6-53, M Snedden 3-47) and 130/4 (L Agnew 81*, A Jayasinghe 20; D Marsh 2-13).

North Shore vs Waitakere

There was no time to waste for North Shore, who were already 107/1 at the start of the day. Stephen Baard continued from where he left off last week, clocking up 12 fours and 6 sixes before he was cruelly run out on 97. Michael Olsen then took over the role of finding the boundary. North Shore bypassed Waitakere’s total, reached 182/2, and declared immediately with batting bonus in hand.

Waitakere needed to do something to slow the match down. However, the start of their second innings only made things worse as Carl Brungar picked off both openers within five overs. Brad Cachopa and James Venkatrao lasted longer, but three quick wickets and Waitakere were 76/6.

Jack Henderson and Ben Lister both made runs, but they didn’t take enough time doing it. Brungar came back to mop up the tail and pick up his five-for on the way. Waitakere were all out for 133, and North Shore needed 104 runs to win.

Lister wasn’t going to let Shore win without a fight, however. He dismissed Baard and Sam Hinds for 0, and when he picked up his third, North Shore were in real trouble. Robert Evans-Moore and Travis Ngatai got in on the act to leave Shore at 39/6 and looking like they might trip over themselves in the chase.

Olsen and Brungar combined to restore sanity. Their plan was simple – survive Lister, score runs off the other end. Brungar was trapped LBW by Blake Robinson, and Ben Wall joined Olsen to navigate the final 20 runs. They did it without further drama, Olsen crunching four to give North Shore the win.

Waitakere 152 (R Kumar 31, B Nash 31; T Chitongo 7-28) and 133 (B Cachopa 41; C Brungar 5-31, T Chitongo 4-46) lost to North Shore 182/2 dec. (S Baard 97, M Olsen 67*) and 105/7 (M Olsen 47*, C Brungar 23; B Lister 3-18) by three wickets.

Ellerslie vs Eden Roskill

If there was an opposite to how North Shore were playing, it was the way Eden Roskill put together their innings. Already one down and chasing 360 set by Ellerslie, Roskill simply didn’t seem interested in going after the total.

Swayam Desai and Vilas Shivakumar set the tone for the innings – combining for 17 overs to score 39 runs. When Shivakumar became the first of Alastair Maasch’s five victims, Barrington Rowland came in and continued the cautious approach.

Ellerslie must have been frustrated beyond reason, watching the batsmen get to Lunch, then to tea, while never really hitting the accelerator.

Oshyika Chakraborty and Vamishi Puppala’s 90-run partnership went at something close to a normal speed, getting Eden Roskill over the 180-run mark midway through the second session.

When Puppala was out LBW, Ellerslie spotted an opening. Whatever the team discussed at tea, it clearly had an effect. Within five overs Maasch and Dinesh de Silva had taken three wickets – including Chakraborty for 89.

Maasch dismissed Harjot Johal to end Eden Roskill’s stand at 247, giving Ellerslie a convincing first-innings win.

Ellerslie 360/8 dec. (R Higgins 160, S Venville 43; H Johal 2-61) won first innings against Eden Roskill 247 (O Chakraborty 89, V Puppala 45; A Maasch 5-48, D de Silva 3-47).