Premier Cricket Report – 15 December
North Shore vs. Takapuna
It was the Max O’Dowd game at Devonport Domain. North Shore finally won a toss and duly elected to bat. Takapuna turned to spin early and often using three different spinners inside the first ten overs. Will O’Donnell found the right pace to bowl and took the first two wickets.
North Shore’s rebuild was slow. Sam Hinds swept regularly and Michael Olsen played boldly to get North Shore in a position to launch at the death. Spin continued throughout with O’Donnell leading the visitor’s spin quartet. O’Dowd proved difficult to deal with when North Shore required acceleration towards the end of the innings.
Late cameos by Gus McKenzie and Carl Brungar crept North Shore past 150 to a respectable score of 172 all out. To sum up the conditions, Takapuna’s spinners claimed all ten wickets.
Takapuna’s start mirrored North Shore’s – slow and steady. Zakk Finlay came in at three and did not waste his opportunity adding impetus to a slow-scoring match. O’Dowd batted responsibly adding 74* to his four wickets as he now sits atop the MVP, run-scorers and wicket-takers lists after four Jeff Crowe Cup rounds.
North Shore 173 (S. Hinds 41, M. Olsen 31, W. O’Donnell 4-23, M. O’Dowd 4-44) lost to Takapuna 174/3 (O’Dowd 74*, Z. Finlay 33) by seven wickets.
Papatoetoe vs. Howick Pakuranga
Colin Munro donned the maroon for the first time this summer and was in fine form. After moist run-ups reduced the match to 43 overs at Papatoetoe Recreation, Papatoetoe won the toss and put Howick Pakuranga into bat. The Aces left-hander scored his first hundred for Howick Pakuranga bludgeoning 111 off 83 balls – including 9 fours and 7 sixes.
Papatoetoe kept Munro’s top-order partners quiet before Brian Barnard hit 55. Ben Westerlund triggered a middle-order collapse taking 4-56, however, a late Mitch McClenaghan blitz ensured Howick Pakuranga took the momentum into the second innings.
In pursuit of 252, Papatoetoe never found their feet and were bowled out for 65 inside 24 overs. Off-spinner Rowan Naude benefitted from runs on the board ensuring a 186-run win for Howick Pakuranga taking their Jeff Crowe Cup record to 4-0.
Howick Pakuranga 251/8 (C. Munro 111, B. Barnard 55, M. McClenaghan 37*, B. Westerlund 4-56) defeated Papatoetoe 65 (R. Naude 4-21)
Suburbs New Lynn vs. Ellerslie
At Ken Maunder Park, Raj Majithia and Martin Guptill raced away to a fast start and Suburbs New Lynn never looked back after winning the toss and batting first. The pair put on a blistering 110 before Guptill was dismissed. Majithia batted deep into the innings scoring his first hundred of the season.
There wasn’t much respite for Ellerslie late on as James Parslow and Joe Cracknell drove Suburbs New Lynn past 300 and to the highest score of the day.
Abrar Alam was up for the chase, but couldn’t find much support. Sam Devereaux knocked the top off the Ellerslie order and spinners Majithia and Mitchell Murray chimed in through the middle overs. There was too much work to do by the time Varun Khanna came to the crease, but his late hitting added respectability to an otherwise one-sided encounter.
Suburbs New Lynn 313/3 (R. Majithia 104, J. Parslow 80*, M. Guptill 69, J. Cracknell 33*) defeated Ellerslie 145 (A. Alam 53, Majithia 3-32)
Grafton vs. Waitakere
Grafton and Waitakere provided this week’s thriller at Victoria Park. The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slow wicket. Todd Wannan and Robert Evans started brightly for Waitakere, but couldn’t make the early breakthrough.
The first ten overs went for only 18 runs before Olly Westbury provided the cornerstone for Grafton’s total of 216/9. Evans led his side with the ball as six different bowlers took wickets for Waitakere.
Dexter Marsh and Michael Snedden forced Waitakere into familiar trouble at 37/3. Brad Nash and Jared Challis patiently rebuilt but wickets would again tumble late in the piece leaving Jack Henderson to marshall the game home with the tail. When the tall right-hander hit a six in the 48th over, it left Waitakere needed 12 off 15 balls with three wickets in hand. A tight penultimate over by Marsh, who had been prominent throughout, left Waitakere ten off the final over. Calm bowling from Nikheil Bhana and a late-run out ensured Grafton would sneak home.
Grafton 216/9 (O Westbury 83, R Evans 3-29) defeated Waitakere 216 (B. Nash 48, J. Challis 59, J. Henderson 39, D. Marsh 4-35) by 3 runs.
Eden Roskill vs. Cornwall
Eden Roskill and Cornwall provided another relatively close-run affair at Keith Hay Park. Cornwall won the toss and bowled a tight first fifteen. Eden Roskill’s top five all made starts, but regular wickets made it difficult to consolidate.
Fanie de Villiers and Evan Jones reduced Eden Roskill to 88/8 and the hosts were in trouble of heading home early. Raja Sandhu had other ideas. The tall left-hander hit 4 sixes and 4 fours during an important half-century to lift Eden Roskill to 154.
Jones dominated the opening partnership of the chase to get Cornwall underway. Aditya Dhadwal took 21 deliveries to get off the mark. In Ajit Rajkumar, the diminutive left-hander found an ally to help responsibly guide home a faltering chase.
Eden Roskill 154 (R Sandhu 56, E. Jones 3-19, F. de Villiers 3-20) lost to Cornwall 160/7 (Ad. Dhadwal 41*, Jones 35) by three wickets.
Birkenhead vs. Parnell
At Birkenhead War Memorial, it was a morning to forget for the hosts after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Birkenhead were in early trouble and it was Henry King who set off the early fireworks. The tall right-arm seamer had three wickets in an extended opening spell.
Birkenhead crumbled to 40/5 and then 86/6 as Parnell took hold of the game. Simon Rajwer hit 5 fours and 3 sixes offering vital resistance and, in doing so, lifted Birkenhead to 172.
Ben Rae made a mockery of the chase clubbing 13 fours and a six on his way to a brutal half-century. Rae ended with 78 off 44, while Andy Lane also had some fun as Parnell raced home with half their overs to spare.
Birkenhead 172 (S. Rajwer 62, H. King 3-32) lost to Parnell 173/3 (B. Rae 78, A. Lane 46) by seven wickets
Auckland University vs. East Coast Bays
Colin Maiden Park was the scene for another hard-fought match. University won the toss and elected to bowl first. Nick Stobart continued his good form picking up an early wicket. He would later grab three more to keep his name among the competition’s top wicket-takers.
It was a real team effort from East Coast Bays to muster up a defendable total on a slow wicket. Keiran Seedall top-scored with 45 as five other players contributed more than twenty to the total of 214/8.
University would have to contend with four East Coast Bays’ spinners if they were to win the game. While Vijay Anand set the foundation for the chase with a confident half-century, scoring slowed down when he was dismissed in the 43rd over. Louis Delport, who bowled an astounding four maidens, and Ryan Schierhout built enough pressure and a pair run-outs compounded University’s collapse. There was still hope late in the match, but the boundaries never came for University and East Coast Bays claimed a third Jeff Crowe Cup win.
East Coast Bays 214/8 (K. Seedall 45, C. Briggs 32, A. Morrison 30*, N. Stobart 4-45) defeated Auckland University 205 (V. Anand 88, C. Lowen 36, L. Delport 3-21, R Schierhout 3-38) by 9 runs.
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Papatoetoe vs. University / Waitakere
University / Waitakere won the toss and chose to bowl first. Alex Eastwood tied up the Papatoetoe top order before Regina Lili’i found the bowling to her liking compiling a steady half-century. Chasing 110, Waitakere faltered early and could not recover. Six bowlers took wickets for Papatoetoe, but it was Lagi Telea who had the biggest say.
Papatoetoe 109/5 (R. Lili’i 60) defeated University / Waitakere 76 (L. Telea 3-7)
Parnell vs. Takapuna
Takapuna won the toss and elected to bowl. The Ponies strangled Parnell as Clare Mains and Roz McNeill set up an early finish. Takapuna gave an opportunity to some youngsters to go about the chase and finished with 9 overs to spare.
Parnell 36 (R. McNeill 4-2, C. Mains 3-6) lost to Takapuna 37/1 by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga vs. Cornwall
Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Howick were bowled out in the final over for 104. Rewa Arora held the innings together at the top as Khusboo Patel sparked the collapse. Captain Claire Crooks threw the ball around using eight bowlers. A series of partnerships and a patient Emma Fulbrook saw Cornwall through to their target with two overs to spare.
Howick Pakuranga 104 (R. Arora 37, K. Patel 3-20) lost to Cornwall 105/3 (E. Fulbrook 37) by seven wickets.
University / Waitakere vs. Cornwall
In the highest scoring affair of the opening weekend, Cornwall won the toss and elected to bowl. Skipper Sam Curtis led her side with a commanding fifty and with the help of Kate Anderson pushed University / Waitakere to 170/2.
In a stark contrast to the morning matches, Cornwall made a real fist of the chase. Fran Wilkinson and Katie Perkins put on 151 in a mammoth first wicket partnership. Unfortunately for Cornwall, it wasn’t enough as University / Waitakere snuck home by 7 runs despite only taking the one wicket.
University / Waitakere 170/1 (S. Curtis 86*, K. Anderson 31) defeated 163/1 (K. Perkins 61*, F. Wilkinson 76)
Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga
Parnell again found it tough going after being put in to bat. All of Howick Pakuranga’s bowlers were tight, but it was Marama Downes and Alyssa Bowden who were rewarded with wickets. Parnell crept through to 72/7 before Howick Pakuranga made their way to the target with 6 overs to spare.
Parnell 72/7 (A. Bowden 3-6) lost to Howick Pakuranga 73/1 by nine wickets.
Takapuna vs. Papatoetoe
In a battle of two round one winners, Takapuna won the toss and elected to field. Roz McNeill was at it again adding three more wickets to her tally. Papatoetoe limped through to 96/7 from their twenty overs. Several handy partnerships completed a routine chase for Takapuna.
Papatoetoe 96/7 (R. McNeill 3-20) lost to Takapuna 97/3 by seven wickets.