Another week of outstanding action in our Premier Men’s and Women’s competitions over the weekend.
Jeff Crowe Cup
North Shore 262/8 (R Mudford 102, R Hira 50, J McKenzie 41) defeated East Coast Bays 97 (M Ross 35, S Keene 4-10, T Chitongo 3-29) by 165 runs.
North Shore survived a shaky start against East Coast Bays at Windsor Park to register their first win of 2021/22.
The visitors were on the back foot early and often, as Bays’ Caleb Gaylard played a huge role in reducing Shore to 32/4 in the 8th over. The Shore fight started with Riley Mudford and Jock McKenzie (41), adding 88 for the fifth wicket. Mudford would go on to a dynamic 102 off 117 balls, hitting 6 fours and 6 sixes. Ronnie Hira then hit 50 off 60, before Ben Wall crashed 19* off 5 balls to lift Shore to 262/8.
Bays response went anything but smoothly, losing four wickets in the opening seven overs. Simon Keene (4-10) provided the pep for Shore and there was no coming back from there for the hosts. No. 7 Michael Ross (35) hit 4 sixes as Bays’ hopes dwindled and spinners Tendai Chitongo (3-29) and Matt Strain (2-20) ran through the rest of the Bays line-up.
Parnell 230 (B Horne 111, N Stobart 4-49, B Hawkes 3-54) lost to Auckland University 234/7 (J Todd 41, J Stephan 39, C O’Brien 32) by three wickets.
Defending champions Parnell suffered defeat to this season’s early surprise package in Auckland University at Colin Maiden Park.
University’s new-ball duo Nick Stobart (4-49) and Ben Hawkes (3-54) came out hissing as Parnell found themselves in deep trouble at 52/5 at the end of the opening powerplay. Peaches wicketkeeper Ben Horne was determined not to let the innings go entirely sour, blazing his way to 111 off 92 balls. The hosts managed to keep Horne’s partners in check as Parnell were bowled out for 230 in the 37th over.
Regular wickets made University’s chase a rollercoaster ride. Contributions throughout edged the hosts closer, with Jamal Todd (41), Joshua Stephan (39) and Christy O’Brien (32) the most fruitful for University. Still needing 34 runs when No.9 Stobart joined Kieren Mackenzie, the visitors would have had hopes of finishing the strong of the two sides. The University pair, however, took their time and claimed victory in the 44th over.
Howick Pakuranga 139/8 (D Winn 72, J Hayes 4-20, S Marra 3-31) lost to Cornwall 140/2 (J Cassidy 63*, G Worker 39) by eight wickets.
Cornwall secured their first win of the summer with a commanding victory over Howick Pakuranga at Cornwall Park.
Jamie Hayes (4-20) set the tone in a hurry, taking three wickets in an initial seven-over burst. Though David Winn survived the onslaught, it was slow going for the Howick Pakuranga middle-order. Winn played patiently for an unbeaten 72 off 140 balls, but couldn’t find the necessary contributions from those around him. For Cornwall, Scott Marra built and benefitted from the pressure through the middle of the innings as the Alpacas finished with 139/8 from their 50 overs.
George Worker was in no mood to muck around, hitting 39 off 26 balls, while Jack Cassidy steered Cornwall home with an unbeaten 63 off 82 balls. The wicketkeeper hit 8 fours as the hosts crossed the line in the 24th over.
Takapuna 191/7 (D Ferns 48, Y Zeb 4-35) lost to Eden Roskill 191/7 (M Abbas 56*, A Bhardwaj 32, D James 3-37) by three wickets.
Eden Roskill made it two-from-two to start the Jeff Crowe Cup with a nervy win over Takapuna at Keith Hay Park.
The host’s youthful attack made the early running, ripping through the Pirates top order. Daniel James and Quinn Sunde had Takapuna moving in the right direction, only for Yahya Zeb (4-35) and Umang Patel (3-31) to reel back the momentum. A determined knock from No. 9 Danru Ferns (48) lifted his side from 102/7 to a defendable 189.
Roskill lost wickets regularly, making for an intriguing chase. Coming in at 64/3, Muhammad Abbas took responsibility for guiding his side home. Adding to a tidy spell earlier on, Abbas finished unbeaten on 56 off 63 as Roskill claimed victory by three wickets with 11.1 overs to spare. For Takapuna, James (3-37) and Ross ter Braak challenged the hosts throughout.
Richard Jones Cup
Waitakere 180 (K Minhas 49, A Kaundal 47, A Christian 4-37, D Laban-Jeffries 3-37) defeated Kumeu 175 (J Patel 45*, J Henderson 4-24, B Nash 3-21) by five runs.
Waitakere snuck home against western neighbours Kumeu in a hard-fought contest at Huapai Domain.
On what looked a fine batting strip, Kumeu’s Dion Laban-Jeffries did an outstanding job to apply early pressure. At the top for Waitakere, Kavi Minhas hit an aggressive 49 off 46 balls, while the only other significant contribution came from Aman Kaundal (47), batting at eight. Akash Christian’s four wickets through the middle ensured Kumeu were in the game at the halfway stage.
Chasing 181, Kumeu were in a strong position at 50/1 in the 8th over. Jack Henderson then picked up the next four wickets to put the visitors well and truly on top. At 106/8, the match looked all but over, only for Jay Patel, a rain break and Duckworth Lewis Stern to add late drama. When the rain came, Kumeu found themselves a run ahead. Play would resume, however, with Kumeu requiring 13 runs and Waitakere needing a solitary wicket. The wicket would fall first with Waitakere off the mark for 2021/22 with a five-run win.
Suburbs New Lynn 345/8 (N Fletcher 84, T Payle 74, S Solia 68, T Patel 47, Z Thomas 3-36) defeated Hibiscus Coast 187/6 (R Lakmal 86, R Langford 48*, C Elliott 32)
Suburbs New Lynn rocketed to the top of the Richard Jones Cup standings with another dominant display, this time against Hibiscus Coast at Ken Maunder Park.
Batting first, Suburbs piled on the runs with Nathan Fletcher, Tristan Payle and Sean Solia all scoring half-centuries. An opening stand of 144 between Payle (74) and Solia (68) set the hosts on their way, allowing Tejas Patel (47) and Fletcher to go on with the momentum. Fletcher would go on to top score with 84 off 68 balls, while Zylen Thomas nabbed 3-36 for Hibiscus Coast.
With 345/8 on the board, Ben Lister got Suburbs’ defence off to the perfect start with a pair of wickets in the third over. There was some enterprise from Coast trio Ramesh Lakmal (86), Rustin Langford (48*) and Craig Elliott (32), but in the end, the visitors were 104 runs short of the DLS score when rain cut short the match at the 44-over mark.
Grafton 303 (D Gunawardene 90, D Sharples 76, G Olliff 35, P Rehal 3-73) defeated Papatoetoe 296 (S Setia 67, S Money 51, P Kumar 49, S Sukh 35, P Rehal 31, N Bhana 4-61, D Sharples 3-24) by seven runs.
Grafton bounced back from an opening week defeat after a tight contest with Papatoetoe at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground.
A tense affair started with Grafton’s Sineth Gunawardene blazing 90 off 71 balls at the top of the order. Daniel Sharples then made it back-to-back fifties as the visitors went past 300. It looked like Papatoetoe would be chasing a considerably lower target, only for Raja Sandhu and Alex Ridley to add 44 for the final wicket. Though Prabjyot Rehal picked up three wickets towards the end of the inning, Grafton’s 303 represented a swift turnaround from their opening day’s efforts.
Every time Papatoetoe appeared on top of the chase, Grafton would hit back with a wicket. Fifties to Shane Setia (67) and Stephen Money (51) took the hosts to 126/1 at the start of the 24th over. Sharples then added three wickets to his earlier efforts with the willow before Nikhiel Bhana (4-61) made crucial strikes through the middle. Pankaj Kumar was Papatoetoe’s final hope, but his powerful 49 off 24 balls came to an end in the final over with his side seven runs short of victory.
Birkenhead 284/9 (P Patel 121, J O’Brien 46, C Rajapaksha 41) defeated Ellerslie 239 (D Kharel 57, P Lawande 52*, B Dench 42, A Jayampathi 4-51) by 45 runs.
Birkenhead were at it again, enhancing their record to 2-0 with a spirited victory over Ellerslie at Michaels Avenue.
Runs on the board was again the blueprint for Birkenhead, who had Prashanth Patel to thank for laying the platform for another daunting total. Patel hit 121 off 117 balls at the top of the order, combining with both James O’Brien (46) and Chamal Rajapaksha (41) to bat Birkenhead out of early trouble. For Ellerslie, Joseph Wilkinson, Sam Edkins and Pratik Lawande all picked up two wickets.
Chasing 285, Ellerslie found runs at the top courtesy of Dinesh Kharel (57) and Beau Dench (42). A middle-order collapse, however, gave Birkenhead the ascendency, surviving Lawande’s late unbeaten 52 off 42 balls. Opening bowler Anuradha Jayampathi led the way with the ball picking up 4-51 as Ellerslie fell 45 runs short of victory.
Barfoot and Thompson Royal Oak Prichard Cup
Parnell 153 (S Carr 35, J Prasad 3-13) lost to Auckland University 154/1 (A Peterson 69*, P Catton 38) by nine wickets.
Auckland University put in another dynamic display to stay unbeaten through the first two rounds after a forceful victory over Parnell at Orakei Domain.
Bowling first, Auckland University were asked to be patient as Stephanie Carr (35) and Olivia Anderson (29) ensured Parnell were in good shape at 101/2. Jesse Prasad’s second spell sparked a match-defining collapse as the Plums were bowled out for 153 in the 46th over. Prasad finished with exceptional figures of 3-13 from 8 overs, while Holly Huddleston finished with 2-18.
In reply, Anna Peterson was again at the forefront of the University batting effort. In a rush to finish the match, Peterson was left unbeaten on 69 off 41 balls, hitting 11 fours. Prue Catton (38*) was also at the crease in the 20th over when University claimed a second Prichard Cup victory.
Cornwall 267/8 (K Perkins 104, C Crooks 69, M Penfold 4-48, J Penfold 3-52) defeated Howick Pakuranga 133 (S Shahri 32, F Jonas 4-24) by 134 runs.
Cornwall bounced back from their first-up defeat with a resounding win over Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Katie Perkins stamped her mark over Cornwall’s batting effort, scoring 104 off 111 balls. It was a trademark effort from Perkins, holding the innings together, while the Penfold sisters, Molly (4-48) and Josie (3-52), struck at the other end. Claire Crooks (69) also battled away through some testing spells to help Cornwall to 267/8.
Up against her former club, Saachi Shahri top-scored for Howick Pakuranga with 32. Outside of Shahri’s knock at the top, it was one-way traffic with Fran Jonas playing a starring role with the ball. The left-arm spinner picked up 4-24 from her ten overs, while Amie Hucker and Anika Todd both claimed two wickets. Howick Pakuranga were eventually all out for 133 in the 30th over.
Takapuna 340/9 (A Kelly 92, E Irwin 79, I Gaze 35, J Veale 3-49) defeated Papatoetoe 139 (R Lilii 71, F Trussler 3-24) by 201 runs.
Takapuna claimed the biggest win of the day, built upon a massive batting effort against Papatoetoe at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground.
Arlene Kelly and Emma Irwin out Papatoetoe to the sword as Takapuna piled on 340/9. Irwin played the patient knock, compiling 79 off 126 balls, while Kelly hit 11 boundaries in her 92 off 70 balls. For Papatoetoe, Jamie Veale picked up 3-49, while Cordelia Gallagher claimed two stumpings and two catches behind the stumps.
Regina Lilii did her best to give Papatoetoe a chance, but the rest of the batting order were under constant pressure. Finty Trussler backed up last weekend’s all-round performance with a further three wickets, while Jane Barnett picked up 2-25 as Takapuna made it two-from-two to start the season.