Premier Preview – 5 January
Premier Men’s Club Cricket makes a return tomorrow, with the final two matches of the T20 Championship round-robin.
Building into the semi-finals on Wednesday, this weekend is shaping up for some intriguing matches with plenty to play for across the board.
Two teams sit undefeated at this point in their pools – Takapuna are top of pool one, and Howick Pakuranga top of pool two.
Takapuna are all-but-guaranteed a semi-final berth, and there’s a straight fight for the other playoff spot between North Shore and Suburbs New Lynn.
Deliciously, North Shore and Suburbs are facing off in round six, making the game a virtual quarter-final. Both could qualify if Takapuna fell over against Birkenhead and Waitakere, but it’s doubtful either team would rely on that.
Pool two is even less clear-cut. While Howick Pakuranga are top with 15 points, they play Cornwall in round six and Parnell in round seven. Those two teams sit second and third on 10.5 points. And close behind on 9 points is Eden Roskill – who will play Ellerslie and Papatoetoe.
With Howick Pakuranga having arguably the toughest weekend, and Eden Roskill arguably the easiest, there’s no guarantee the Alpacas won’t end up out of the semi-finals.
And there’s another dark horse in pool two – Auckland University. While they can’t make the semi-finals themselves, they could be the deciding factor in who does. Depending on their performance they have every chance of spoiling the party for Cornwall, Parnell, or both.
Going into this final double-header weekend there are seven teams in the running for four playoff spots, making for a very interesting day of T20 cricket.
The action from Lloyd Elsmore Park will be live-streamed on the Auckland Cricket YouTube channel. Howick Pakuranga v Cornwall from 11:00am, and Howick Pakuranga v Parnell at 3:00pm.
Premier Men’s T20 Round Six – 11:00am
North Shore v Suburbs New Lynn – Devonport Domain
Hibiscus Coast v Kumeu – Devonport Domain
Waitakere v East Coast Bays – Te Atatu Park
Birkenhead v Takapuna – Te Atatu Park
Eden Roskill v Papatoetoe – Keith Hay Park
Grafton v Ellerslie – Keith Hay Park
Howick Pakuranga v Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Auckland University v Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Premier Men’s T20 Round Seven – 3:00pm
North Shore v Kumeu – Devonport Domain
Hibiscus Coast v Suburbs New Lynn – Devonport Domain
Waitakere v Takapuna – Te Atatu Park
Birkenhead v East Coast Bays – Te Atatu Park
Eden Roskill v Ellerslie – Keith Hay Park
Grafton v Papatoetoe – Keith Hay Park
Howick Pakuranga v Parnell – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Auckland University v Cornwall – Lloyd Elsmore Park