With a host of representative players available, the stars shone brightly on an important moving day in both the Jeff Crowe Cup and the Pearl Dawson Trophy.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
All six Premier Women’s sides assembled at a hot and humid Te Atatu Park for Round 5 and 6 of the T20 competition. The White Ferns and Hearts were available and featured heavily on slow turning wickets.
Cornwall vs. Takapuna
Saachi Shahri and Katie Perkins overcame a tricky start against an Arlene Kelly-led Takapuna bowling attack. Chasing 126, Takapuna flew out of the blocks courtesy of Lauren Down and Maddy Probert. Needing 48 off 36, quick running and brave hitting whittled away Cornwall’s advantage. With four needed from five deliveries, van Deventer went big over wide long-on to get her side home.
Cornwall 125/6 (S. Shahri 47, K. Perkins 47; A. Kelly 2-21) lost to Takapuna 128/4 (L. Down 49, M. Probert 31, A. van Deventer 28*) by 6 wickets.
Unitak vs. Howick Pakuranga
Anna Peterson made Unitak’s early game her own grabbing four Howick Pakuranga wickets before cruising to 41* in a dominant 9-wicket victory.
Howick Pakuranga 75/6 (A. Peterson 4-12) lost to University Waitakere 75/1 (Peterson 41*) Waitakere by 9 wickets.
Papatoetoe vs. Parnell
Papatoetoe squeezed Parnell early in a chase of 101 to register a second Pearl Dawson win. Feala Vaelua and Lily Mulivai were particularly impressive conceding just three runs off the bat in the powerplay.
Papatoetoe 100/7 (L. Mulivai 23; S. Brate 2-25) defeated Parnell 62/5 (I. Mills 21*; F. Vaelua 2-16) by 38 runs.
The late games saw three successful chases.
Papatoetoe vs. Unitak
Papatoetoe went past 100 again, but it wasn’t enough against Unitak’s array of domestic talent. Peterson adding two wickets and 30 runs to her earlier efforts. Skipper Sam Curtis, having bowled unluckily throughout the day, there at the end to ensure Unitak went two wins from two.
Papatoetoe 108/4 (R. Lili’i, 38; A. Peterson 2-15) lost to University Waitakere 109/3 (Peterson 30, K. Anderson 29, S. Curtis 26) by 7 wickets.
Parnell vs. Takapuna
Parnell’s spirited 80/5 was comfortably chased by Takapuna. Kelly again picked up a pair of wickets before combining with Down to race home with 7 overs to spare.
Parnell 80/5 (Y. Kareem 22; A. Kelly 2-11, S. Bultitude 2-14) lost to Takapuna 81/1 (L. Down 33*, A. Kelly 28*) by 9 wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall
Five run-outs decimated Howick Pakuranga’s middle order and pegged back what could have been an imposing total. Radhikha Patel hit six fours in her patient 41. Shahri was confident from the outset and Cornwall’s steady progress resulted in victory with 5 overs in the tank.
Howick Pakuranga 88/9 (R. Patel 41; K. Patel 2-17) lost to Cornwall 89/1 (S. Shahri 41*) by 9 wickets.
Jeff Crowe Cup
The batsmen are back from holiday. With the Jeff Crowe Cup play-off race heating up, batsmen came to the fore with centuries scored in six of the seven games as the runs flowed freely for the first time since the Christmas break.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Grafton
At Lloyd Elsmore Park, Graton won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts overcame a bright Grafton start and it was Adam Jones got the Alpacas charging. The left-arm spinner took a wicket with his first ball before bowling unchanged from the 11th over. A series of starts will have frustrated Grafton with five players passing twenty. Danru Ferns dominated the death overs picking up three Grafton wickets including their last wicket on the last ball of the innings.
With 207 on the board, Grafton needed early wickets. Skipper Michael Snedden and Carl de Beer came up with the goods to reduce Howick Pakuranga to 40/2. If Grafton were in the hunt, nobody told Andrew Morrison or Brian Barnard as the pair rattled off a 132-run third-wicket stand. Morrison was stumped on 86, but Barnard sailed the ship home with ample time up his sleeve.
Grafton 207 (P.Patel 35, M. Snedden 35, S. Variath 31; A. Jones 4-32, D. Ferns 3-52) lost to Howick Pakuranga 208/3 (B. Barnard 88*, A. Morrison 86) by 7 wickets.
Eden Roskill vs. Birkenhead
Keith Hay Park saw Eden Roskill win the toss and bat first. Birkenhead picked up regular wickets, but Oyishik Chakraborty expertly held the innings together. It took until the eighth wicket for a partnership to go past fifty, but by then Chakraborty had his eye in. With the help of Harjot Johal, Chakraborty’s patient hundred lifted Eden Roskill to 238/7.
Birkenhead’s chase never truly threatened Eden Roskill’s total. A quick fifty from Arjuna Jayasinghe kept Birkenhead moving, but Jeremy Houghton was the only other Birkenhead player to make double-figures in an innings that stumbled out of the blocks. Eden Roskill eventually bowled Birkenhead out for 118 with Bhavik Vora and Jeet Kumar spinning webs through the middle order.
Eden Roskill 238/7 (O. Chakraborty 100*, H. Johal 32*; T. Treadaway 2-41) defeated Birkenhead 118 (A. Jayasinghe 51; B. Vora 4-17) by 120 runs.
North Shore vs. East Coast Bays
North Shore won the toss and elected to bat in their home surrounds of Devonport Domain. Blair Smith struck early in an extraordinary opening spell of five overs – conceding just the seven runs. Graeme Beghin strode out to the wicket and never looked back hitting 9 fours and 7 sixes in his 12th Premier ton for North Shore – equalling the club record. No other player went past thirty in a total of 254/7.
Keiran Seedall and Visura Chinthaka played conservatively setting a reasonable platform. At 114/2, East Coast Bays were in control. North Shore skipper Michael Olsen decided to roll his arm over and effectively changed the match burgling the wickets of two set batsmen including Seedall on 61. Olsen had done his job and promptly brought Tendai Chitongo and Gus McKenzie into the attack to finish the job. Despite some late hitting from Cole Briggs, North Shore ran out comfortable victors to stay in play-off contention.
North Shore 254/7 (G. Beghin 125; L. Delport 3-46) defeated East Coast Bays 188 (K. Seedall 61, C. Briggs 45*; G.McKenzie 4-39) by 66 runs.
Suburbs New Lynn vs. Waitakere
Waitakere won the toss and elected to bat first. Although they were able to keep wickets in hand, the Suburbs New Lynn bowlers were extremely economical through the first period of the match. Sean Solia, and Victor Davies both bowled extended spells of less than 3.5 an over. When Nathan Fletcher and Jared Challis were able to start getting the bowling away, Waitakere’s acceleration was halted when Mitchell Murray trapped Fletcher LBW and Challis was run out by Jonny Bassett-Graham with 10 overs remaining. In the end, Waitakere made 206/7 off their 50 overs.
To defend that score, Waitakere needed to get quick wickets. Instead, after two overs where openers Raj Majithia and Jeet Raval sighted out the bowlers, Suburbs New Lynn made runs with ease.
Raval took the lead, hitting a six off his third scoring shot. Sean Solia joined Raval when Challis dismissed Majithia and together they knocked up an unbeaten 100-run partnership. Raval made his own century in fine style, and Suburbs New Lynn romped home in the 33rd over for a nine-wicket win.
Waitakere 206/7 (J. Challis 71, N. Fletcher 59; M. Murray 3-44) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 207/1 (J. Raval 110*, S. Solia 52*) by 9 wickets.
Auckland University vs. Parnell
Auckland University got off to a good start against Parnell at Colin Maiden. Ben Beecroft and Vijay Ananad were going at almost fives after the first 10 overs. Parnell’s bowlers were able to hold them to that for the next 20, but couldn’t pick up the wickets they needed. When Anand was LBW to Josh Fisher, Finn Allen came out and picked up 75 at more than a run-a-ball. Charles Lowen then finished the last part of the innings with 31 off 20, as Beecroft made his century with ones.
Parnell’s innings in the first 20 overs was almost identical to University’s. Ben Rae and Ben Horne put together a solid opening stand, broken by Ben Hawkes in the 19th over. It was after Horne got out in the 31st over that things started to go badly for Parnell. University tightened up their bowling, and Parnell started to play more recklessly to keep up with the run rate. Anand and Allen took wickets, and Parnell’s last five batsmen fell for 23 runs.
Auckland University 278/2 (B. Beecroft 102*, F. Allen 75, V. Anand 52, C. Lowen 31*) defeated Parnell 252 (B. Horne 80, A. Lane 33, B. Rodden 33; Anand 3-38) by 26 runs.
Cornwall vs. Ellerslie
On the face of it this should have been an easy win for Cornwall, but Ellerslie weren’t going to let their neighbours beat them without a fight. Batting first, Ryan Higgins came in with Ellerslie under pressure, and hit 114 off 109 balls. His biggest problem was Ellerslie losing wickets at the other end. He perished in the 42nd over and with him any acceleration Ellerslie were looking for in the last 10 also perished. For Cornwall, Lucas Dasent and Teja Nidamanuru cranked on pressure, taking 3-17 and 3-20 respectively.
A total of 225 to win suited Cornwall, who can occasionally struggle with the speed of their scoring. Ellerslie needed to take quick wickets to put pressure on, and had Cornwall in trouble at 77/4. Aditya Dhadwal and Josh MacKinnon put on a 65-run fifth-wicket partnership the frustrated Ellerslie. Still, by the time Fanie de Villiers came in, Cornwall were behind the run-rate and needed something special. De Villiers made 33 off 16, to propel Cornwall to victory with 10 balls and two wickets remaining.
Ellerslie 224 (R. Higgins 114; L. Dasent 3-17, T. Nidamanuru 3-20) lost to Cornwall 225/8 (Ad. Dhadwal 47, J. MacKinnon 36, F. de Villiers 33*; A. Burton 3-47) by two wickets.
Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe
Takapuna put themselves in to bat at Onewa Domain, and produced a fairly complete team batting performance to make 276/9. Seven players scored between 20 and 50. While Takapuna would obviously have liked more players to go on to a big score, the final total should have given the Pirates a comfortable win.
Logan Clarke wasn’t going to have that, however. Coming in when Papatoetoe was in trouble at 12/2, he hit nine fours and four sixes in his 129 from 112 balls. Along with Navdeep Aujla, Papatoetoe put on 131 runs for the sixth wicket. Rocketing along into the 45th over, Takapuna Captain Will O’Donnell took two crucial wickets – Clarke stumped on the first ball and then Mick Hosking on the last. Aujla hit a six to bring up his 50 next over, but was then run out. With seven runs needed form the last over, and two tailenders in, it was going to be a tough ask for Papatoetoe. They finished at 271 all out, five runs short.
Takapuna 276/9 (D. James 48*, S. Setia 46, L. Buxton 36, M. O’Dowd 34; N. Aujla 3-48) defeated Papatoetoe 271 (L. Clark 129, N.Aujla 53, W. O’Donnell 3-46) by five runs.