Suburbs New Lynn and Takapuna have claimed the first trophies of the Men’s Premier season, taking out the Twenty20 Championship and Plate respectively.
Suburbs New Lynn travelled out to Lloyd Elsmore to take on Howick Pakuranga in the Championship and were sent in by the home side in a match that was reduced to 18 overs a side.
The visitors didn’t muck around taking 16 off the first over and were rollicking along with 27 runs off the first three.
However, when Danru Ferns claimed the dangerous Jono Bassett-Graham then Howick ran out Michael Barry for one, the scoring slowed as the visitors consolidated.
Captain James Parslow (25) and Sineth Gunawardane (22*) played handy knocks in the middle as Suburbs posted a competitive 130/9 from their 18 overs.
Paddy Cairns, Rowan Naude and Ferns all claimed two wickets each in a solid bowling effort, it was anyone’s game heading into the change of innings.
The home side were also off to a reasonable start, openers Bill Walsh and Daniel Young taking the score to 30 before Josh Presland struck a double blow at the end of the fourth over removing Walsh then number three Sam Borland with consecutive deliveries.
From there the Suburbs New Lynn attack started to put the squeeze on the home side and as the light faded at Lloyd Elsmore the chase started to get away from Howick Pakuranga.
When opener Young went in the 16th over for an excellent 48, Howick Pak started to send out the hitters but they couldn’t get the ball to the fence, posting 121/7 from their 18 overs meaning Suburbs New Lynn claimed a nine-run win and the Twenty20 Championship.
Over in the Plate competition and Takapuna travelled to Victoria Park where they faced Grafton for the minor prize.
Takapuna won the toss and elected to bat first, Will O’Donnell the mainstay of the Taka innings scoring 45 from 32 balls.
Little cameos from Guy Harley (23) at the top and Ryan Scivier (15) in the middle were the only real innings of substance as the visitors posted 133/9 from their 20 overs.
Chris Beck was the pick of the Grafton bowlers with an impressive 3/20 from his four overs, the home side every chance of tipping up Takapuna at the change of innings.
The chase started in emphatic style for Grafton, openers Alan Burton and Jarryd Walsh carving 40 runs off the first three overs.
However, the spinners have stepped up for Takpapuna in recent weeks and this time it was the turn of Matt Latham who got the key wicket of Burton for 34 and then number three Nick Hendrie with the very next ball, both out bowled.
Latham was the star with the ball finishing with figures of 4/16 from his four overs as the Grafton middle order lost regular wickets.
Although with opener Walsh there they were still a chance, Paul Hitchcock returning in the 17th over to claim his wicket and swing the game Takapuna’s way.
Grafton eventually bowled out for 124 in the final over meaning Takapuna also claimed a nine-run win and the Plate Championship for 2016/17.
Congratulations to Suburbs New Lynn and Takapuna for claiming the first silverware of the 2016/17 season!
Howick Pakuranga v Suburbs New Lynn
Grafton v Takapuna