North | Round Two
Kumeu 89/7 (T Chitongo 3-4) lost to North Shore 90/4 (R Mudford 44) by six wickets.
North Shore started the day with a routine victory over Kumeu at Devonport Domain. Batting first, Kumeu could only manage 89/7 as the Shore bowlers combined excellently as a unit to squeeze the visitors. The in-form Tendai Chitongo benefitted most from the pressure, picking up 3-4 from his three overs. In reply, Riley Mudford his 44 off 25 to help Shore reach their target in 12.4 overs.
Birkenhead 184/8 (J O’Brien 74, T Treadaway 3-15) defeated Hibiscus Coast 153/7 (G Blackmore 38, R Lakmal 30, N Murlidharan 4-26) by 31 runs.
Runs at the top helped Birkenhead post a daunting 184/5 on the back of James O’Brien’s 74 off 40 balls. Aggressive contributions around the skipper’s effort had Birkenhead on target for 200, but a flurry of wickets late on helped Coast drag the total back. While Coast’s top order kept wickets in hands, the finishing knock never came. Nishant Murlidharan (4-26) made the most of the scoreboard pressure, helping lock up a 31-run win for Birkenhead.
Waitakere 104/8 (W O’Donnell 3-24) lost to Takapuna 108/2 (M O’Dowd 43, W O’Donnell 40*) by eight wickets.
After a strong first-up effort with the ball, Takapuna cruised to the simplest of victories over Waitakere at Ken Maunder Park. Batting first, Waitakere couldn’t find a partnership to carry them to a competitive total. Will O’Donnell had himself a game, firstly picking up 3-24 then putting the finishing touches on the win with an unbeaten 40, while Max O’Dowd hit a patient 43 to ensure the Pirates would get their first T20 win of the summer.
East Coast Bays 101/9 (M Barry 3-13) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 98/8 (C Groenink 3-7, P Mecredy 3-22) by three runs.
East Coast Bays and Suburbs New Lynn played out a low-scoring classic at Ken Maunder Park. Batting first, Bays posted 101/9, a score they must have thought would not nearly be enough. Suburbs skipper Michael Barry picked up 3-13 to set the scene for a thrilling game. When it was Bays turn to bowl, seam trio Chris Groenink, Phil Mecredy and Caleb Gaylard stunned the Suburbs order. Needing 28 off the last four overs, Suburbs couldn’t break the shackles and ultimately finished three runs short.
North | Round Three
North Shore 164/7 (M Olsen 61, S Keene 45, Am Dhadwal 30) defeated Birkenhead 104 (C Rajapaksha 30, R Hira 3-14) by 60 runs.
North Shore made it three-from-three to start the T20 Championship with a comprehensive victory over Birkenhead. Batting first, Michael Olsen (61) and Simon Keene (45) help their side recover from 13/2 to post 164/7. All five Birkenhead bowlers nabbed at least one wicket, but there wasn’t the same collective success with the bat. The North Shore attack used their scoreboard pressure and hit back nicely after an initial burst. Ronnie Hira (3-14) and Tendai Chitongo (2-17) underlined another strong performance as Shore round out winners by 60 runs.
Kumeu 145/7 (E Sayed 36) lost to Hibiscus Coast 149/7 (G Blackmore 43, C Elliot 35, H Dawson 4-21) by three wickets.
Hibiscus Coast notched up their first T20 win of 2021/22 with a close-run win over Kumeu. Batting first, Kumeu fared better the second time around, posting 145/7 on the back of Elyaas Sayed’s run-a-ball 36 and Henry Dawson’s late cameo of 29 off 16 balls, which included 3 sixes. It was again a case of runs at the top for Coast, but this time they came a little faster as George Blackmore (43) and Craig Elliot (35) set up a successful chase. For Kumeu, Dawson picked up 4-21 but it wasn’t enough to stop Tony Treadaway from twice finding the boundary in the final over to seal victory for the Coast.
Takapuna 133/4 (M O’Dowd 41) defeated Suburbs New Lynn 130/6 (M Barry 76) by three runs.
Suburbs New Lynn suffered their second three-run loss of the day, as Takapuna improved their record to 2-1. Takapuna were made to fight for a total, despite Max O’Dowd (41), Will O’Donnell and Tristan van Ingen-Kal all passing 25. The Pirates hit Suburbs hard upfront, only for Michael Barry to pull his side back into the match. The Suburbs skipper hit 76 off 46 balls, falling trying to hit the final ball for four to win the match. Danru Ferns bowled an excellent final over, conceding just four runs as the Pirates held on.
Waitakere 99 (B Barnard 36, M Ross 4-12, C Gaylard 3-14) lost to East Coast Bays 100/4 (R Schierhout 34) by six wickets.
A second sub-par batting effort cost Waitakere any chance of a competitive total as East Coast Bays cruised to their second win of the day. Caleb Gaylard (3-14) removed both Waitakere openers in the first three overs and Waitakere struggled to find a foothold from there. Michael Ross (4-12) then took over as Waitakere limped to 99. Bays raced to 45 by the end of the third over. Ryan Schierhout top-scored with 34 off 20 balls and victory came in the 11th over.
South | Round Two
Eden Roskill 209/2 (O Chakraborty 81, A Bhardwaj 76*) defeated Ellerslie 129/8 (S Wilson 31*, A Bhardwaj 3-29) by 80 runs.
Eden Roskill shook off their 2022 woes by piling on the highest score of the day against Ellerslie. Fifties to Oyishik Chakraborty (81) and Aman Bhardwaj (76*) well and truly set the game up for Roskill. With such a mammoth total on the board, Roskill could afford to attack. Bhardwaj would add three wickets to his batting effort as Ellerslie fought to keep up with the rate; Sam Wilson top-scored with 31*, but the task was too tall for Ellerslie, who finished at 129/8.
Cornwall 113/9 lost to Auckland University 114/1 (G Beghin 62*, C O’Brien 39*) by nine wickets.
Auckland University made it a 2-0 start to the T20 Championship with a dominant victory over Cornwall. Regular wickets forced the Cornwall middle-order to take stock as Nick Stobart, Ben Hawkes, Jeet Patel and Keiren Mackenzie all picked up two wickets. When the players returned for the second innings, Graeme Beghin (62*) and Christy O’Brien (39*) made it look like a different wicket, racing to victory inside 12 overs.
Howick Pakuranga 113/7 (D Winn 34*, T Herman 4-22) lost to Parnell 114/2 (F McGregor-Sumpter 61*) by eight wickets.
Parnell were comfortable victors over rivals Howick Pakuranga. Batting first, Howick Pakuranga struggled to seize the momentum of the match, slipping 48/4 at the start of the 9th over. While David Winn (34*) did his best to fight the uphill battle, Tom Herman picked up 4-22 to consign Howick Pakuranga to a total of 113/7. In reply, Flynn McGregor-Sumpter found the conditions to his liking, hitting an unbeaten 61 off 45 balls to guide his side to an eight-wicket win with 19 balls to spare.
Papatoetoe 137/9 (R Khurana 56, S Money 31, A Ridley 4-21) lost to Grafton 138/9 (D Taylor 50, B Rowland 3-24) by one wicket.
Another contender for Match of the Day came between Papatoetoe and Grafton. Despite Alex Ridley’s triple-strike early on, Ross Khurana’s 56 off 34 balls gave Papatoetoe a platform. The middle order, however, was unable to build upon the fightback, scraping their way to 137/9. Grafton’s middle-order fared little better after Dylan Taylor’s fifty. Barrington Rowland’s 3-24 looked to have swung the game in Papatoetoe’s favour, only for No.11 Kyle Ruffell to hit the final two balls to the boundary to seal a memorable one-wicket win for the Lions.
South | Round Three
Auckland University 109/8 (V Puppala 31) lost to Eden Roskill 110/3 (O Chakraborty 61*) by seven wickets.
Eden Roskill made it two-from-two on the day with a breezy win over Auckland University. Batting first, University could only muster 109/8 with Vamshi Puppala’s 31 the top score. Wickets were shared for the Roskill bowlers, who worked together to squeeze the University middle-order. A second fifty of the day for Oyishik Chakraborty (61*) made comfortable work of the chase as both teams now have 2-1 records.
Ellerslie 108/7 (J Allan 37, D Kharel 33, L Dasent 3-11) lost to Cornwall 110/0 (J Cassidy 63*, J MacKinnon 41*) by ten wickets.
Cornwall shook off the disappointments of the earlier match by taking a ten-wicket win over Ellerslie. Josh Allan (37) and Dinesh Kharel (33) set the Ellerslie inning up perfectly. At 75/1 after 12, a score of 150 was well and truly in sight. Cornwall then applied the breaks, through Lucas Dasent (3-11) and Liam Wheeler, to keep Ellerslie to 108/7. The Cornwall openers, Jack Cassidy (63*) and Josh MacKinnon (41*) then made short work of the total, winning the match with 6.4 overs to spare. The win sees Cornwall in third after three rounds.
Grafton 113/8 (L Stackpole 3-27) lost to Howick Pakuranga 119/5 (A Morrison 55*, D Sharples 3-12) by five wickets.
Howick Pakuranga bounced back from their Round Two defeat by fighting back to beat Grafton. The Lions put in a second nervy batting effort, but this time batting first. Lachlan Stackpole (3-27) got the fruits of the collective Alpaca labour, while the Grafton top-order stuttered. Despite scoring 113/8, the game wasn’t done as Daniel Sharples (3-12) reduced Howick Pakuranga to 50/5. Andrew Morrison remained at the wicket and, with Liam Winn, was able to tame the Lions’ attack long enough to fight their way back into the game. The pair remained at the crease when Morrison (55*) hit the winning runs and brought up his fifty.
Parnell 171/6 (R Clinton 51, A Parikh 37) defeated Papatoetoe 113 by 58 runs.
Parnell sit atop the South Group after three rounds, having blown past Papatoetoe. Led by Ruben Clinton (51) and Aniket Parikh (37) another confident batting effort set the scene for Parnell. Posting 171/6, the Peaches attack then went to work with eight bowlers combining to bowl Papatoetoe out for 113. Ganesh Ratnasabapathy picked up 2-7, while Clinton added 2-29 to a successful inning at the top of the order.
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