Parnell vs Suburbs New Lynn
Parnell batted first as Shore Road hosted a match with many playoff permutations. Sean Solia bowled 20 deliveries before conceding a run off the bat in a tight start. Eventually he was rewarded with the wicket of Ben Rainger in the 10th over. Parnell will have looked across at the Suburbs New Lynn line up and known they needed to lift the rate. While Andy Lane and Brad Rodden fought through a tight spell from Dane Watson, they were both dismissed by Michael Barry at a crucial time.
Aniket Parikh came in and launched into the death overs hitting 6 fours and a six in an unbeaten 59 from 39 deliveries. At 254/7, Parnell were in the game.
On the back of last week’s hundred, Jeet Raval carried on where he left off. He lost Raj Majithia in the 12th over – with the score on 80. Raval hit 13 boundaries by the 18th over when he was dismissed for 72. Solia and Barry positively forged on breaking the back of the chase. Skipper Rodden’s wicket of Solia provided Parnell with Suburbs still needing 74 runs to win.
Suburbs’ exceptional start, however, meant there was absolutely no scoreboard pressure on the incoming James Parslow. Before the 40th over, the visitors put their name in playoff hat with a resounding 7-wicket victory. Parnell also entered the preliminary playoffs after results would later go their way.
Parnell 254/7 (A Lane 68, A Parikh 59*; M Barry 3-52, S Solia 2-43) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 258/3 (J Raval 72, M Barry 64*) by 7 wickets.
Auckland University vs Howick Pakuranga
University went into the weekend with the most to lose in their hunt for the playoffs. In a fairly precarious position at the top of pool one, they headed into a match against the only team guaranteed a spot – Howick Pakuranga. Put into bat, University made a great start with Vijay Anand and Ben Beecroft seeing out the first 10 overs for 70 runs.
Then in the 13th over, Jamie Brown made the breakthrough for the Alpacas. He picked up Anand for 46 off 40, and then Finn Allen three balls later. When he dismissed Charles Lowen for four in the 18th over, Brown’s figures were 3-6.
University needed Beecroft to stick around if they were going to avoid a complete disaster. Having seen off the quicks, Beecroft came unstuck when Adam Jones was brought on, stumped for 51 in the 25th over.
University’s collapse was something to behold. They went from 77 without loss, to all out for 161.
Howick Pakuranga had one job – don’t let what they had just done to University happen to them. They were assisted in this somewhat by University’s bowlers giving away 18 wides, half of those in the first five overs as they went searching for wickets.
Daniel Young hit two fours in the first over to get underway. Although Bill Walsh got out for one in the third over, Young did well to anchor the innings. He made 65 off 87, before Allen bowled him in the 29th over. By that point, the result was undeniable. The Alpacas took 30 overs to chase down the total, losing just three wickets.
Auckland University 161 (B Beecroft 51, V Anand 46; J Brown 3-19, A Jones 4-18) lost to Howick Pakuranga 162/3 (D Young 65, D Winn 37*) by seven wickets.
Grafton v Eden Roskill
Grafton’s match against Eden Roskill was shaping up to be crucial for both teams’ semi-final aspirations. Eden Roskill had a mathematical chance of making the top three in pool two, while Grafton was part of the scrum amongst the top five in pool one.
Grafton had everything to play for, but Eden Roskill are a team which will never lie down. At Vic Park they went about the Grafton batsmen with intent, reducing Grafton to 63-6 after 15 overs.
However, Grafton also weren’t giving it away. Olly Westbury and Nikheil Bhana spearheaded a remarkable recovery, a 79-run partnership that took Grafton through to the 37th over before Westbury went for 71. Bhana kept batting with the tail, ending at 64 not out, and Grafton reached the 50th over, 212/9. The 61 not out was Bhana’s highest score, his second highest being a week ago, when he made 14.
However, Eden Roskill didn’t make the chase easy for themselves. After 25 overs they were 98/5 and the Grafton bowlers looked like they were going to be able to drive the victory. However, there were more twists in this tale. J Kumar at six made 79, and when Jack Parsons removed him with 10 balls left, Eden Roskill were 200/9.
Bahvik Vora faced off against Dexter Marsh at the last ball, needing four runs to win. No one would have bet on a number 10. Yet, Vora sent the ball over the rope, giving Eden Roskill a one wicket victory.
Grafton 212/9 (O Westbury 71, N Bhana 64*; H Johal 3-38, J Kumar 2-30) lost to Eden Roskill 213/9 (J Kumar 79, B Rowland 41; J Parsons 5-34) by 1 wicket.
East Coast Bays vs Cornwall
Cornwall batted first at Windsor Park and were tied down for the first ten overs. Amit Dhadwal and Michael Guptill-Bunce eventually broke the shackles adding a patient 88 for the second-wicket. Louis Delport used eight bowlers as he searched for wickets through the middle of the innings, but it was the skipper himself who made the in-roads.
Teja Nidamanuru’s run-a-ball half-century put Cornwall in position for a late boundary binge before Ryan Schierhout and Michael Ross triggered a lower-order collapse. Cornwall were bowled out for 224 losing 6-44 in the last ten overs.
Needing a win for a chance at the knockout stage, East Coast Bays succumbed to the spin of Evan Jones and Nidamanuru. At 52/5, Delport and Schierhout fought in hope of not letting their earlier efforts go to waste. Delport hit 4 sixes before Fanie de Villiers returned to the attack. Three dots lead up to the big wicket and, from there, Jones took his opportunity to mop up the tail and book Cornwall’s spot in the preliminary playoff.
Cornwall 224 (Am Dhadwal 66, T Nidamanuru 52; L Delport 4-37, RW Schierhout 3-35) defeated East Coast Bays 113 (L Delport 46; E Jones 4-11, T Nidamanuru 2-31) by 111 runs.
Waitakere vs North Shore
At Te Atatu Park, North Shore batted first. Waitakere were on the board early, before Gus McKenzie and Michael Olsen went about setting a platform. The pair got through a typically tough first hour. McKenzie was caught and bowled bang on fifty as Olsen continued on towards three-figures. When Olsen was caught on 97, North Shore’s middle order took over adding 89 from the final ten overs.
North Shore made their 255/6 worth a whole lot more reducing Waitakere to 33/3 early in the chase. Jared Challis again top-scored for the hosts. Seven batsmen faced more than 20 deliveries, but none managed to see off 50. Left-arm spinner Matt Strain grabbed three wickets in an innings where all six bowlers took a wicket. The comprehensive 122-run victory lifted North Shore to the top of Pool One.
North Shore 255/6 (M Olsen 97, G McKenzie 50; T Wannan 2-57) defeated Waitakere 133 (J Challis 31; M Strain 3-31, G Mckenzie 2-16) by 122 runs.
Papatoetoe v Ellerslie
This was the only match of the round that involved two teams that couldn’t get to the semi-finals.
Papatoetoe won the toss and elected to bat at home, and the first half of their batting line-up performed well. Josh Plummer and Harshal Vyas made an excellent start, rocketing along at eight an over for the first five overs. Plummer built two solid partnerships, with Vyas and with Logan Clark, before he was dismissed for 70 by Jodhvir Dhillon. Clark then continued with Dilpreet Singh for a run-a-ball 76. At 244/4 after 40 overs, Papatoetoe were looking good for 300.
Then Varun Khanna and Alan Burton struck for Ellerslie. Burton took three wickets in his next three overs. Khanna removed two batsmen in his final three, as well as effecting a run-out, and Papatoetoe lost their last six wickets for just 33 runs.
Ellerslie’s batting didn’t get off to nearly the start that Papatoetoe’s had. Inside four overs they were two wickets down, and desperately searching for a couple of big partnerships. Burton and Aditya Edekar batted conservatively and might have been able to pull together a total, if they had not both been dismissed by Lakshay Bhardway before Ellerslie reached 100.
Josh Allan scored as many boundaries as the rest of his team combined in reaching the top-score of 26, but Plummer dismissed him, then wrapped up the tail before the 40th over. Papatoetoe finished victors by more than 100 runs.
Papatoetoe 277 (L Clark 76, J Plummer 71; A Burton 5-39, V Khanna 3-58) defeated Ellerslie 146 (J Allan 41; J Plummer 4-28, L Bhardway 3-31) by 131 runs.
Takapuna vs Birkenhead
Takapuna needed the win against Birkenhead to be assured of finishing second in pool two. They won the toss and elected to bat first, their top five all putting on an impressive show of building a total. Will O’Donnell and Quinn Sunde both made 59, and Hendrik van Vuuren put on 65 off 57 balls.
Takapuna’s only real complaint could have been the regularity with which they kept losing wickets. No one made three figures, as Akash Christian and Tony Treadaway prevented batsmen’s starts from turning into big scores. As it was, Takapuna finished their 50 overs at 316/9.
The chase got underway badly for Birkenhead. Matt Jones bowled Laurie Agnew before they had a run on the board, and by the 11th over, Jones had two more scalps. Reduced to 84/7 halfway through the innings, Birkenhead made something of a fightback. They were never going to haul in the total, but Nipun Perera and Onesh Labrooy survived 16 overs, undoubtedly frustrating the Takapuna bowlers. It wasn’t until the second-to-last over that Takapuna could actually put Birkenhead away for a 143-run win.
Takapuna 316/9 (H Van Vuuren 65, Q Sunde 59: A Christian 4-46, T Treadaway 3-50) defeated Birkenhead 182 (O Labrooy 45; M Jones 3-27) by 134 runs.
Pearl Dawson Trophy
Cornwall 118/2 (S Shahri 55, A Ewart 31; R Ellison 2-24) lost to Unktak 119/4 (K Gurrey 45, S Curtis 37*) by 6 wickets.
Parnell 88/8 (O Lobb 24; L Western 3-17, R Allright 2-11) lost to Howick Pakuranga 89/2 (R Patel 44*, S Bowden 24*) by 8 wickets.
Papatoetoe 67/9 (T Mataora 18*; N Hira 4-13, C Mains 2-10) lost to Takapuna 68/2 (A van Deventer 20*; T Mataora 1-11) by 8 wickets.
Takapuna 94/5 (A Kelly 37, S Bultitude 27*; J Prasad 2-17) lost to Unitak 98/3 (S Curtis 37*, K Gurrey 23) by 7 wickets.
Papatoetoe 111/5 (R Lilii 43, F Vaelua 30; AP Parr 2-16) lost to Howick Pakuranga 114/5 (R Arora 25*, H Topp 23*; L Telea 3-9, R Lilii 2-22) by 5 wickets.
Parnell 84/7 (Y Kareem 27; K Patel 3-20, E Fullbrook 2-12) lost to Cornwall 85/0 (S Shahri 48*, A Ewart 30*) by 10 wickets.