Cricket is back and what a weekend it was. We survived the weather to get all eleven Premier results in the books on opening weekend.
Jeff Crowe Cup
North Shore 187 (M Olsen 70, S Keene 45, U Patel 3-39) lost to Eden Roskill 158/7 (O Chakraborty 95, J McKenzie 3-24) by three wickets (DLS method)
Eden Roskill started life in the Jeff Crowe Cup with a hard-fought rain-affected win over North Shore at Devonport Domain.
Led by Harjot Johal up front, Eden Roskill reduced the hosts to 54/4 in the first hour. Skipper Michael Olsen (70) and Simon Keene (45) then put together 115 runs for the fifth wicket. It was Umang Patel (3-39), however, who broke the partnership and played a key role in bowling North Shore out for 187 in the 44th over.
In reply, one man stood tall throughout as North Shore made regular breakthroughs; while Jock McKenzie (3-24) gave Shore a sniff, Oyishik Chakraborty (95*) played a captain’s knock, marshalling his side to victory. The right-hander hit 14 fours and 3 sixes scoring 95 out of Eden Roskill’s 158/7.
Cornwall 223 (J Hayes 42, G Worker 41, D Gallage 30, R Quinn 5-72) lost to Takapuna 199/3 (R O’Donnell 96*, Q Sunde 49*) by seven wickets (DLS method)
Takapuna kicked of their Jeff Crowe Cup campaign with a commanding victory over Cornwall at Onewa Domain.
The Pirates didn’t have it all their way with the majority of the Cornwall top order making starts. Six of the top seven passed 20 with Jamie Hayes (42) and George Worker (41) top-scoring for the visitors. The Takapuna attack collectively stuck to their task, with Ryan Quinn claiming his fifth wicket to end Cornwall’s inning at 223. To start a solid outing for Quinn Sunde, the wicketkeeper claimed five scalps behind the stumps.
It was much of the same for the hosts with more starts at the top of the order. The tide turned when Robbie O’Donnell and Sunde (49*) got together. Either side of a rain break that reduced Takapuna’s target, the pair put on an unbeaten 122 at better than run-a-ball, with O’Donnell particularly dominant. The ACES skipper finished with 96* off 59 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes.
Auckland University 251/8 (A Prasad 81, J Low 60, H Lowe 50, J Brown 3-36, C Thompson 3-53) defeated Howick Pakuranga 199 (J McGregor 68, D Winn 35, J Todd 4-38) by 52 runs.
Auckland University made up for lost time with a confident first-up win over Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Having asked University to back first, a returning Jamie Brown (3-36) was on-song for the Alpacas with wickets in his first two overs. The partnerships then came for the visitors, with Aakash Prasad (81), Harry Lowe (50) and Jonathan Low (60) ensuring University would have a total to defend. Connah Thompson (3-53) was tidy towards the end and with Brown helped keep University to 251/8.
A strong start with the ball by University reduced Howick Pakuranga to 36/3 in the 15th over. It was an uphill task from there, but one Josh McGregor (68) and David Winn (35) appeared up for. Jamal Todd, however, made the afternoon his own picking up 4-38 from a tidy ten overs. Skipper Nick Stobart finished things off in the 48th over to seal a perfect start for his side.
Parnell 285/9 (R Clinton 57*, O Pringle 49, A Parikh 49, F McGregor-Sumpter 40, J Parsons 35, R Harrison 3-41) defeated East Coast Bays 282/9 (C Briggs 109, T van Ingen-Kal 46*, R Harrison 34, D van Deventer 3-45) by three runs.
Parnell and East Coast Bays played out a high-scoring nail-biter at Shore Road with the Peaches sneaking home in the final over.
A collective batting effort saw Parnell through to 285/9, as six players went past 25. A pair of 49s by all-rounders Ollie Pringle and Aniekt Parikh provided the impetus through the middle before Ruben Clinton owned the death overs, blasting an unbeaten 57 off 30 balls. For Bays, Ryan Harrison was a threat throughout, picking up 3-41 from nine overs.
Several players put their hands up to be heroes in the second innings. Starting with Cole Briggs, who kicked off his summer with 109 off 11 balls. Though Bays opener lost his top-order partners, Briggs took the chase through to the 38th over. From there, Bays’ hopes fell to Tristan van Ingen-Kal (46*), who did his best to rally with the tail. Defending six off the final over with two wickets in hand, Dean van Deventer (3-45) conceded just two to give the defending champions a slender three-run win.
Richard Jones Cup
Grafton 114 (D Sharples 53*, A Ashok 4-17, S Cook 3-18) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 117/3 (S Solia 33, T Payle 30) by seven wickets.
Suburbs New Lynn made short work of Grafton at Cox’s Bay, signalling their intent to the rest of their Richard Jones Cup competititors.
Set on their way by an impressive spell by opener Sam Cook, Suburbs were immediately on the front foot. Cook claimed the first three Grafton wickets and the hosts never recovered. Daniel Sharples (53*) offered the most resistance for the Lions, but it was a trial by spin for the rest of the order, who succumbed to Adi Ashok (4-17) and Dane Watson (2-30).
Chasing 115, Suburbs wasted no time in getting on top of the Grafton attack. Sean Solia (33) and Tristan Payle (30) raced out of the blocks, putting on 56 for the first wicket. From there, it was smooth sailing for the visitors, who claimed victory in the 21st over.
Birkenhead 362/6 (P Nuwan 85, N Murlidharan 71, A Jayampathi 56*, C Rajapaksha 51, P Patel 40) defeated Papatoetoe 198 (R Gill 107, B Rowland 33, A Frew 3-50) by 164 runs.
Birkenhead piled on the runs in what proved to be a comfortable victory at Birkenhead War Memorial over Papatoetoe.
The host’s top six found the Papatoetoe bowling to their liking as Pubudu Nuwan, Nistant Murlidharan (71), Anuradha Jayampathi (56) and Chamal Rajapaksha (51) all made half-centuries. It was Nuwan’s inning that set the tone, with his 85 off 45 balls including 9 fours and 6 sixes. A total of 362/6 represented a committed approach to continuing the momentum.
Though Barrington Rowland got the chase underway in a hurry, hitting 33 off 19 balls, the regular loss of wickets would stifle any real hopes of a successful chase. Ritapraj Gill took the opportunity to put his name in lights hitting a spectacular 109 off 72 balls, but it wasn’t to be enough as Papatoetoe were all out for 198. Angus Frew led the Birkenhead attack with figures of 3-50.
Waitakere 182 (B Barnard 37, A Kaundal 33*, P Narsimhan 5-40) lost to Ellerslie 186/2 (P Narsimhan 86*, B Dench 60) by eight wickets.
Ellerslie walked away with a comprehensive opening day win over Waitakere at Michaels Ave.
Parikshith Narsimhan had a day to remember on both sides of the ball to set Ellerslie on their way. Starting with a five-wicket haul, Narsimhan ran through the Waitakere middle order after Brian Barnard had threatened to take the game away in the early exchanges. Barnard hit a quickfire 37 off 22, while Aman Kaundal would later fight for an unbeaten 33* as the visitors were all out for 182.
The match was all but settled in the first 20 overs of the chase. Beau Dench hit 60 off 50 balls, while Narsimhan’s season opener only got better with an unbeaten 86* off 98 balls. Victory would be Ellerslie’s with more than 20 overs and eight wickets in the bank.
Kumeu 243/8 (R Jenner 55, A Christian 54, L Vardy 35, J Patel 31*, H Amaral 3-45) lost to Hibiscus Coast 244/9 (R Lakmal 96, J Grobler 48, C Elliott 33, R Jenner 3-44) by one wicket.
Hibiscus Coast snuck past Kumeu on the final ball in front of their home fans at Victor Eaves Park.
Batting first, Kumeu fought for a total through Ryan Jenner (55) and Akash Christian (54). While the pair put on the only partnership of note, cameos by Lucas Vardy (35) and Jay Patel (31*) gave the visitors a score to defend. Harlin Amaral was the best of the Coast bowlers, rewarded with 3-45, as Kumeu finished on 243/8.
Runs at the top would be crucial for Coast and they got them through Jason Grobler (48) and Craig Elliott (33). Jenner (3-44) continued his excellent day picking up the first three wickets. Enter Ramesh Lakmal, who almost single-handedly dragged his side to victory. The left-hander’s 96 off 91 took Coast in the 49th over, when Jay Patel struck. Needing ten runs off the last over, Tyran van der Westhuizen hit the third ball for six before No.11 Zylen Thomas took a single from the final ball to win the match.
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Auckland University 440/2 (A Peterson 118, H Huddleston 113*, K Gurrey 92, P Catton 69*) defeated Papatoetoe 97 (T Mataora 40, A Eastwood 4-9) by 343 runs.
Auckland University put some strain on the scorers, piling on the runs in a dominant victory over Papatoetoe.
University openers Katie Gurrey and Anna Peterson put on the highest partnership of the day, putting on 226 at 9.5 an over. The pair fell at a similar time but not before Gurrey had made 92 and Peterson, 118 off 67 balls. The onslaught didn’t stop there. No.3 Prue Catton and Holly Huddleston added an unbeaten 189 for the third wicket. Catton finished with 69*, while Huddleston joined her HEARTS teammate with 113* off 78 balls.
Tetaire Mataora (40) fought at the top of the order for Papatoetoe. Victory was long out of the question and the University bowlers eventually took over with six different bowlers picking up wickets and skipper Alex Eastwood finishing with figures of 4-9.
Takapuna 167 (A Browning 60, F Trussler 35, A Todd 3-33) defeated Cornwall 71 (L Heaps 4-13) by 96 runs.
Takapuna were asked some tough questions by Cornwall, but the defending champions would come out on top at Cornwall Park.
A fiery opening over by Breearne Illing had Takapuna 0/2 after the first four deliveries. It didn’t get any easier for the Ponies, reduced to 35/5 at the start of the 10th over. The responsibility fell to middle-order duo Anna Browning (60) and Finty Trussler (35). Challenged by a quality attack, the pair put on 97 to lift their side out of trouble before Anika Todd (3-33) struck to keep the visitors to 167.
The pressure came on early from the Ponies as Lauren Heaps (4-13) and new skipper Roz McNeill both struck inside the first three overs. Though Annie Ewart and Bella Armstrong consolidated to put the match back in the balance, there were further contributions by Browning and Trussler. The pair backed up their batting efforts by picking up two wickets apiece before Heaps wiped away the tail.
Parnell 111 (Y Kareem 48) lost to Howick Pakuranga 113/1 (B Halliday 78*) by nine wickets.
Howick Pakuranga put in a big performance against Parnell at Orakei Domain to start their season on the right note.
It was a collective effort with the ball, starting with a pair of wickets from Molly Penfold at the top. For Parnell, skipper Yaz Kareem played a lone hand, putting together 48 off 76 balls. The left-hander found little support as the Llamas ran through the middle and lower order. Brooke Halliday and Amberly Parr also finished with two wickets each, bowling the Plums out for 111 in the 33rd over.
Parnell were given a glimmer of hope when Renee MacMillan struck in the third over. It wasn’t to be much more than a glimmer, however, as Saachi Shahri (29*) and Halliday took the Llamas to victory. Halliday would be at her dominant best, finishing unbeaten on 78 off 50 balls, having hit 10 fours and a six.