Ellerslie vs Auckland University
This match will be one which Ellerslie would rather forget. Winning the toss and deciding to bat first at Michaels Ave, they were quickly in trouble at 20/2.
From there the innings didn’t improve. Nick Stobart and Caleb Jasmat took 7 wickets between them, and Ben Lewis gave away just 23 runs in 10 overs. After being 39/6, Ellerslie were probably lucky to reach 92 before they were bundled out in the 29th over.
With a score like that, there wasn’t any hurry for University to make the chase. Dipesh Patel did his best to keep the University batsmen wary, taking 4-24. Even so, University won by four wickets in just 26 overs.
Ellerslie 92 (D Patel 20, V Khanna 20; N Stobart 4-29, C Jasmat 3-23) lost to University 93/6 (C Ansell 21, B Beecroft 19, D Patel 4-24) by four wickets.
Cornwall vs Howick Pakuranga
Howick Pakuranga might have had a couple of nervous moments when they were 9/2 after five overs at Cornwall Park. Opener Andrew Morrison kept his cool, and more importantly, his wicket. Joined by David Winn coming in at number five, the pair put on an 85-run stand. Winn was joined by Adam Jones
Still, it’s hard to be too worried about defending a decent total when you’ve got a couple of the best seamers in town steaming in for you. Danru Ferns took a wicket in his opening over, and Mitchell McClenaghan bowled extremely tight lines for the size of the ground.
Boundaries were in precious short supply, and although Lucas Dasent put together a solid 52 not out, there was an aspect of hit out or get out to the latter half of the Cornwall innings. In the end, Ferns picked up the last two wickets in one over, and Howick Pakuranga won by 35 runs.
Cornwall 203 (L Dasent 52*, S Crooks 31; D ferns 3-36, A Jones 2-25) lost to Howick Pakuranga 238/6 (D Winn 101, A Morrison 63; M Quinn 3-18)
East Coast Bays vs Grafton
East Coast Bays won the toss and opted to bat at home. They then spent most of the first hour conservatively building a platform. Grafton’s spinners squeezed the hosts with changes of pace and accurate lines. It took two wickets and 21 overs for the first boundary to come off the bat.
At 122/5 after 34, Bays had two new batsmen and needed a partnership. It never came. Grafton took the pace off the ball and the sting out of the innings. Nikheil Bhana rarely offered width and finished with 2-31 off 10 overs. ECB ended up at 169 all out.
Parth Patel started the innings with a four to signal Grafton’s intent. Grafton reached 47/2 in the 16th over and game was in the balance with Olly Westbury and Jack Parsons at the wicket. Both players took their time before showing real initiative. The pair would add 82, hitting three boundaries apiece.
When Parsons was dismissed, Grafton had just 37 runs to get and 14 overs to do it in. They got home in the 42nd over to win by four wickets.
East Coast Bays 169 (K Seedall 68, C Briggs 20; D Marsh 4-32, N Bhana 2-31) lost to Grafton 173/6 (J Parsons 47, O Westbury 40; A Morrison 2-29)
Parnell vs Papatoetoe
It’s hard to pick a batsman to single out in Parnell’s batting effort against Papatoetoe. Four players crossed the half-century mark, and it can’t be said anyone failed with the bat. Flynn McGregor-Sumpter top scored with 84, and when he was dismissed captain Brad Rodden stepped in and decided he wasn’t missing out – he hit 55 off 31 balls.
Papatoetoe had a bowling innings they won’t remember fondly. Harshal Vyas picked up three wickets, but in this match he was inexpensive at five an over. Parnell finished 50 overs at 319/4.
Within two overs Papatoetoe were 9/2. Ollie Pringle and Henry King were in belligerent form, and if Parnell’s bowlers were a touch expensive, there were plenty of runs in the bank. Not to mention, they were taking wickets.
Papatoetoe had a revival when Navdeep Aujla and Damanpreet Bhatti put on an 88-run stand. But coming in at eight and nine, it was far too late. Papatoetoe finished at 186 all out, 133 runs short.
Parnell 316/4 (F McGregor-Sumpter 84, A Lane 57, B Rae 56, B Rodden 55*; H Vyas 3-45) defeated Papatoetoe (N Aujla 86, D Bhatti 34; H King 4-40, O Pringle 3-43) by 133 runs.
Suburbs New Lynn vs Takapuna
At Ken Maunder Park, Suburbs New Lynn won the toss and put Takapuna in to bat. The day didn’t start well for Takapuna – Sam Devereaux took two quick wickets. The Pirates’ misery was compounded when Craig Cachopa was run out for naught by a direct hit from Jonny Basset-Graham.
From 5/3 it was hard slog for Takapuna, Guy Harley and Shane Setia did battle with the defensive field set by Suburbs – it took 13 overs for the first boundary.
They were able to lay a decent foundation, so that when Hendrick van Vuuren came in he was able to make a quick-fire 65 off 54. Devereaux finished with figures of 6-30 off his 10 overs, and Takapuna reached 205 off their 50.
Suburbs then started their innings in the way Takapuna hadn’t been able to. Martin Guptill raced to 29 off 14 before he was bowled by Matt Jones.
There was a touch of the speed wobbles though, about the middle overs. Jordan Mcleod and Basset-Graham (18) had to survive some tight bowling from Daniel James, while still keeping the score ticking over. When Basset-Graham departed, the score was 195/7. Takapuna needed something magic to happen if they were going to win the match.
They didn’t get it. Suburbs got home in 44 overs, winning by two wickets.
Takapuna 205/8 (H van Vuuren 65, G Harley 49; S Devereaux 6-30) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 206/7 (R Majithia 41, J Cracknell 32; M Jones 3-48, S Setia 2-15) by two wickets.
North Shore vs Eden Roskill
Eden Roskill really struggled to put together a partnership at Devonport Domain. Two batsmen made it into the 40s, but they didn’t occupy the wicket together. This meant that Eden Roskill’s scoring rate was never going to be a struggle to chase, since batsmen were concentrating more on survival than scoring.
In the end, they couldn’t actually manage that. North Shore’s bowlers all ended up with tidy spells, Carl Brungar doing the damage at the top of the order. Tim Duncraft and Tendai Chitongo ended up with identical figures – a rather impressive 2-22. Eden Roskill finished up at 139 all out off 45 overs.
The chase wasn’t an easy one, however. North Shore also struggled to put together partnerships, and Harjot Jotal’s 3-15 helped to reduce North Shore to 29/4. Stephen Baard’s presence for most of the chase, as well as a 34-run cameo from Asiri Wickramanayake helped get North Shore over the line in the 47th over.
Eden Roskill 139 (V Puppala 42, P Venkatsubramanian 40; C Brungar 3-31) lost to North Shore 142/8 (S Baard 45, A Wickramanayake 34; H Johal 3-15, J Kumar 3-42) by two wickets.
Birkenhead vs Waitakere
Waitakere will be pleased with both their batting and bowing in this match – the batters for setting a very defendable total, and then their bowlers for strangling most of the life out of the Birkenhead chase.
Brad Nash and Nathan Fletcher, who combined with Waitakere at 32/2, both played a measured innings, patiently waiting out dot balls and frustrating the Birkenhead bowlers. When Fletcher was dismissed, the time for waiting was over – Jared Challis came in and slashed 56 runs off 37 balls. Waitakere finished 50 overs at 235/7.
Birkenhead then just couldn’t seem to get it off the block, or beyond the rope. Nipun Perera made the top score of just 21 – and it took 95 balls. Blake Robinson in particular was miserly, conceding just 16 runs off his 10 overs. Challis picked up 3-27, and nine of those were extras. In the end, although Birkenhead made it to 50 overs, they were never close to the required rate.
Waitakere 135/7 (J Challis 56, B Nash 53; M Masand 3-45, S Brewis 2-45) defeated Birkenhead 133/9 (N Perera 21, S Brewis 20; J Challis 3-27, B Robinson 2-16) by 102 runs.
Additional reporting by Praneel Hira – https://www.threewicketdrill.com