It was a good time to be batting on day one of round five in the Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby championships. Three batsmen scored centuries as the sun baked moisture into some already dry wickets.
Hedley Howarth Championship
Round 5, Day One
Auckland University vs Suburbs New Lynn
University bowled first, but by lunch Suburbs were in firm control. Opener Joe Cracknell led the way hitting 11 fours and 2 sixes in a dominant display. A century before lunch wasn’t to be as the wicketkeeper was dismissed for 80 in the 19th over.
When Michael Barry and James Parslow returned after lunch, University strung four maidens together. The pressure went unrewarded and Suburbs forged on patiently. Barry went past three figures and when he was dismissed shortly after, Suburbs shifted up a gear. Parslow hit a patient 61 before Victor Davies and Mitchell Murray were let loose on a tiring attack.
Anthony Ireland struck three times in quick succession to curb the Suburbs assault. With 397/7 on the board, Suburbs declared in search of crucial breakthroughs before stumps. At 51/1, there is plenty to play for on day two.
Suburbs New Lynn 397/9 dec. (M Barry 102, J Cracknell 80, V Davies 70; A Ireland 4-74, V Anand 2-19) is playing Auckland University 51/1 (B Beecroft 24*; S Devereaux 1-10).
Papatoetoe vs East Coast Bays
Papatoetoe batted first and there was little respite for the East Coast Bays bowlers. There must have been something in the air, given Josh Plummer also had ideas of chasing down a hundred before lunch. The left-hander played a key role in racing Papatoetoe out to 191/2 in the first session, but was trapped in front on the stroke of lunch three shy of his ton.
Louis Delport took his first of three wickets immediately after lunch, removing Jake Dunford for 68. Even with a considerable platform, Papatoetoe’s middle order found it tough going. When Logan Clark was bowled for 63, Luke Istead came in and added the cherry on top with a half-century of his own.
With maximum batting points in their pocket, Papatoetoe was determined not to let Bays get off to their own quick start. They fizzed in the field and reduced East Coast Bays to 70/5, putting themselves into the box seat for day two.
Papatoetoe 367 (J Plummer 97, J Dunford 68, L Clark 63; M. Ross 3-37, L. Delport 3-125) is playing East Coast Bays 70/5 (L Delport 26*; B Singh 2-8, D Bhatti 2-10).
Cornwall vs Takapuna
Takapuna bowled first and were made to toil in the heat by a typical Cornwall performance – bat all day and set the game up for day two. It started at the top with both Amit Dhadwal and Sam Crooks coming close to half-centuries.
The Pirates might have thought there would be let-up when Will O’Donnell dismissed Aditya Dhadwal for 75. Instead Evan Jones came out and hit 77 as the pair batted Cornwall into the ascendancy.
Eight Takapuna bowlers bowled at least seven overs as the visitors searched for a string of wickets. Cornwall resisted for long periods – the first seven partnerships all exceeded 30 runs. With work still to do, Lucas Dasent scored his third fifty of the summer.
Cornwall were eventually bowled out in the 95th over of the day. Takapuna are certainly capable of chasing the 386 needed for first innings, but Cornwall will be eager to snuff out any Pirates heroics.
Cornwall 385 (E Jones 77, Ad Dhadwal 75, L Dasent 50; L Buxton 2-19) is playing Takapuna.
Parnell vs Howick Pakuranga
Parnell batted first and found it tough going against Howick Pakuranga’s quality new-ball attack.
Ben Rainger and Ben Rae fought through a fiery Danru Ferns spell, both losing their wickets in consecutive overs. After a brief rain delay, Adam Jones expertly threw down the stumps at the bowler’s end after a misguided single.
Either side of lunch, Matt McEwan made two big blows – first getting an edge off Andy Lane, and then having the dangerous Brad Rodden adjudged leg-before. Parnell needed a partnership, but it never came. Ollie Pringle marshalled the tail as best he could, but Ferns returned to the attack to pick up two more wickets. McEwan and Ferns combined to close the innings, while Pringle remained unbeaten on a defiant 54.
At 55/1, Howick Pakuranga made significant strides towards crucial first innings points. Parnell won’t give up without a fight and both sides will want to be on the money from the first ball of day two.
Parnell 178 (O Pringle 54; D Ferns 4-57, M McEwan 3-53) is playing Howick Pakuranga 55/1 (D Young 34*, O Pringle 1-14).
Tom Hellaby Championship
Round 5, Day One
Ellerslie vs Eden Roskill
It’s fair to say that Ellerslie have not had the best season to date. So when Eden Roskill took an early wicket, they were probably feeling pretty good about their decision to bowl first. That feeling wouldn’t last.
Aditya Edekar and Ryan Higgins came in with Ellerslie at 76/3, and put on 93 runs. Edekar played an unfamiliar supporting role before being dismissed for 30. Higgins then combined with Josh Allan to bring up his hundred and take Ellerslie close to 250 at tea. Once he had his ton, Higgins put his foot down. He hit 56 runs off 36 balls to score 160, including a total of 17 fours and 4 sixes. Once Eden Roskill had finally got him out, Adi Ogra and Alastair Maasch put the finishing touches on the innings before Ellerslie declared at 360/8.
The presumably lightly stunned Eden Roskill batsmen then had to go out and negotiate the remaining eight overs. To round off Ellerslie’s day they picked up a wicket; Eden Roskill will start day two at 6/1.
Ellerslie 360/8 dec. (R Higgins 160, S Venville 43; H Johal 2-61) is playing Eden Roskill 6/1 (D de Silva 5-1).
North Shore vs Waitakere
In a day of batting, Waitakere had to deal with some particular bowling brilliance from Tendai Chitongo after they were sent in to bat at Devonport.
Waitakere’s openers got off to a good start, putting on 57 runs for the first wicket. Chitongo’s first act of the match was to run out Shozib Mirza for 22. The next over, Chitongo had Rajat Kumar caught behind for 31.
When they came out after lunch, Chitongo and Gus McKenzie bowled in tandem for 10 overs which conceded just 10 runs. The pressure told, and Chitongo started picking up wickets, Waitakere foundering at 82/5. Wicketkeeper Brad Nash ground out 31 before Chitongo bowled him, and from there Waitakere focused on first getting to tea, and then getting to 150 before they were all out. Chitongo bowled 26.1 overs and picked up 7-28 (plus that first run-out).
Coming out to bat the final session, North Shore were eager to make sure the number of dots Waitakere managed to soak up wouldn’t tell against them. Stephen Baard hit 10 fours and 3 sixes to finish the day on 65 not out, North Shore to start day two at 107/1.
Waitakere 152 (R Kumar 31, B Nash 31; T Chitongo 7-28) is playing North Shore 107/1 (S Baard 65*, M Olsen 30*).
Birkenhead vs Grafton
Grafton built into their innings after opting to bat at Birkenhead War Memorial Park. The opening stand put on 52, before Onesh Labrooy dismissed both set batsmen in one over. That brought together Olly Westbury and Jack Parsons. Westbury started off with a four, and both scored at a good pace to make a 101-run partnership, before Parsons was bowled for 43 just after lunch. Westbury continued to steer the innings, scoring a century before tea.
Grafton declared at 332/9, an hour left in the day to hopefully pick up a couple of quick Birkenhead wickets. Dexter Marsh did the damage, picking up last week’s centurion Arjuna Jayasinghe for eight.
Grafton 332/9 dec. (O Westbury 121, J Parsons 43; James Beuvink 2-20) is playing Birkenhead 29/1 (V Abrol 17*; D Marsh 1-19).
Parnell 62 (S Carr 21; A Hucker 4-30, K Patel 3-8, F Jonas 3-10) lost to Cornwall 66/1 (S Shahri 38*, C Crooks 19*) by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga 60 (J Tully 15*; L Heaps 3-7, A Kelly 2-5) lost to Takapuna 61/4 (A Kelly 16*, M Probert 15) by six wickets.
Unitak 138 (M Cooke 28, H Huddleston 21; L Telea 3-10, T Mataora 2-13) defeated Papatoetoe 130 (L Mulivai 18, T Hickson 17; H Huddleston 3-21, K Anderson 2-37) by eight runs.