North | Rounds 5 and 6
Kumeu 129/8 (A Christian 51, M Jones 4-17) lost to Takapuna 133/2 (Q Sunde 52*, T van Ingen-Kal 38*, G Harley 33) by eight wickets.
Takapuna continued their push for the semifinals with a commanding win over Kumeu. Batting first, Kumeu could only muster 129/8 after Takapuna’s Matt Jones picked up 4-17 from his tidy set of four overs. Akash Christian scored 51 off 42, but his knock was trumped by Pirates’ trio Quinn Sunde (52*), Tristan van Ingen-Kal (38*) and Guy Harley (33).
Birkenhead 138 (P Patel 48, R Schierhout 3-25, P Mecredy 3-30) defeated East Coast Bays 104 (M Ross 35, N Murlidharan 4-17) by 34 runs.
Birkenhead made the most of runs on the board to take important points from East Coast Bays. Batting first, Birkenhead had opener Prashant Patel (48) to thank for their total of 138, as Ryan Schierhout and Phil Mecredy led the Bays fightback with six wickets between them. Bays were unable to carry the momentum through to their batting effort; Michael Ross hit 35, but Bays couldn’t recover from Nishant Murlidharan’s fine figures of 4-17.
Hibiscus Coast 102/9 (J Grobler 39*, S Devereaux 3-28) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 103/3 (S Martin 42*) by seven wickets.
Suburbs New Lynn were comfortable winners over Hibiscus Coast at Ken Maunder Park. Suburbs hit Coast hard up front and it was smooth sailing from there. Jason Grobler (39*) played a lone hand for the visitors, while Sam Devereaux (3-28) applied the blowtorch. Steve Martin led the chase for Suburbs, hitting 42 off 35 balls as the victory came in the 13th over.
North Shore 82 (B Nash 4-16) lost to Waitakere 88/2 (A Kaundal 30*) by eight wickets.
Waitakere put an end to North Shore’s four-game T20 winning start at Ken Maunder Park. Brad Nash starred for Waitakere, picking up 4-16 from his four overs. It all started positively for Shore, taking 28 from the first three overs, but no Shore batter passed 20 as they were bowled out for 82. In reply, Aman Kaundal remained not out on 30 when victory came in the 15th over.
Birkenhead 179/5 (C Rajapaksha 67, P Patel 52) lost to Takapuna 180/5 (D James 54*, C Neal 35) by five wickets.
Takapuna made it two-from-two on the day with a dramatic win over Birkenhead at Onewa Domain. The visitors gave themselves the best possible chance of winning, putting on 179/5 after fifties to Chamal Rajapaksha and Prashant Patel. It wasn’t to be enough, however, as Daniel James hit an unbeaten 54 off 26 balls to seal victory with a ball to spare.
East Coast Bays 151/7 (C Knowles 37, M Ross 30) defeated Kumeu 127/9 (T Satti 41, I Bird 3-11) by 24 runs.
East Coast Bays bounced back to defeat Kumeu and keep themselves in the semifinal picture. It took a collective effort for Bays to post 151/7; Campbell Knowles (37) and Michael Ross (30) were the duo to do the damage in the middle order. Kumeu were in reasonable shape at 72/2 after 11, but the introduction of Isaac Bird (3-11) swung the match in Bays’ favour, who eventually claimed their 4th T20 win of the summer.
Suburbs New Lynn 117/5 (M Barry 59) defeated North Shore 112 (R Hira 36, S Devereaux 3-21, M Barry 3-21) by five runs.
Suburbs New Lynn made it a 2-0 day with a narrow win over North Shore.
Michael Barry starred for Suburbs, scoring 59 before taking 3-21. His knock allowed his side to scrape together 117/5 from their 20 overs. In reply, Sam Devereaux (3-21) ensured North Shore couldn’t get anything going at the top. The visitors were made to fight back through Amit Dhadwal and Ronnie Hira; the pair put Shore back on track, only for Barry to hit back at the death.
Waitakere 150 (A Kaundal 79, S Mirza 43, P Hitchcock 5-28, R Lakmal 3-13) lost to Hibiscus Coast 153/5 (R Lamkal 58*, P Hitchcock 43) by five wickets.
Hibiscus Coast got one over Waitakere in fine style at Ken Maunder Park. It was the Paul Hitchcock and Ramesh Lakmal show in Round six as the pair put in all-round shifts to overcome a spirited Waitakere effort. Amal Kaundal (79) continued his impressive summer, helping Waitakere to 150, only for Hitchcock (5-28 / 43) and Lakmal (3-13 / 58*) to combine with bat and ball to guide their side to victory.
South | Rounds 5 and 6
Cornwall 127/8 (H Singh 3-18) defeated Howick Pakuranga 98/9 (D Winn 42, M van den Berg 3-9, L Wheeler 3-25) by 31 runs.
A spirited bowling effort wasn’t enough for Howick Pakuranga, who were well-beaten by Cornwall. Batting first, Cornwall fought through to 127 with six players crossing double figures but none with a score more than 21. Harmeet Singh took 3-18 for Howick Pakuranga, but his efforts were bettered by Michael van den Berg and Liam Wheeler, who combined for six wickets for Cornwall. Howick Pakuranga’s David Winn (42) did his best to keep the chase on track, but his efforts were in vain as the Alpacas limped to 98/9 from their 20 overs.
Eden Roskill 108/9 (A Joshi 46, H Hendricks 3-15) lost to Papatoetoe 109/7 (S Setia 51, Z Karkaria 4-14) by three wickets.
It took all 40 overs for Papatoetoe to sneak over the line against Eden Roskill. Batting first, Roskill scraped together 108/9. Aniket Joshi’s 46 stood out amongst a series of low scores, while Hershele Hendricks (3-15) and Ben Westerlund combined for five wickets. Papatoetoe’s chase had its own hurdles, but Shane Setia’s 51 took his side the majority of the way.
Grafton 120/7 (W Martin 36*, S Gunawardene 35, N Stobart 3-19) lost to Auckland University 121/4 (J Low 50, V Anand 30) by six wickets.
Grafton were unable to carry on their batting efforts from Saturday and succumbed to Auckland University. Batting first, Grafton were squeezed by a disciplined University attack led by Nick Stobart (3-19). Will Martin top-scored with 36*, while Sineth Gunawardene hit a breezy 35. Chasing 121, University were carried by a second-wicket stand between Jonathan Low (50) and Vijay Anand (30). From there, the equation was relatively simple and victory came in the 19th over.
Parnell 130/8 (F McGregor-Sumpter 37, J Plummer 36) lost to Ellerslie 136/1 (P Narsimhan 66*, D Kharel 51*) by nine wickets.
In one of the surprises of double-header Sunday, Ellerslie swept aside Parnell. Parikshith Narsimhan (66*) and Dinesh Kharel (51*) put together an unbeaten partnership of 124 to chase down Parnell’s 130/8. Earlier, Flynn McGregor-Sumpter and Josh Plummer had set the platform for a challenging total, only for Joseph Wilkinson and Akshay Sreenivasan to lead a fightback from the Ellerslie attack.
Cornwall 164/6 (J MacKinnon 54, D Gallage 31, P Kumar 3-36) defeated Papatoetoe 98/7 (N Deol 35, M van den Berg 3-21) by 66 runs.
Cornwall made it a 2-0 day with a dominant win over Papatoetoe. Batting first, the Cornwall top order fared better in the afternoon game posting 164/6 on the back of a Josh MacKinnon fifty and 31 to Dimithri Gallage. Chasing a second win of the day, Papatoetoe were in trouble early and couldn’t recover. Michael van den Berg made it six wickets for the day with his second three-wicket haul as Cornwall took victory by 66 runs.
Howick Pakuranga 157/5 (S Borland 49, A Morrison 49) defeated Eden Roskill 118 (R Naude 4-30) by 39 runs.
Howick Pakuranga bagged a third T20 win of the summer, defeating Eden Roskill. A pair of unfortunate 49s by Sam Borland and Andrew Morrison were enough to push Howick Pakuranga to a winning total of 157/5. Roskill came out hard with Oyishik Chakarborty hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes during his nine-ball stay. From there, Rowan Naude controlled the inning, picking up 4-30 as Howick Pakuranga bowled Roskill out for 118.
Auckland University 166/3 (G Beghin 73*, J Todd 45*) defeated Parnell 143/8 (F McGregor-Sumpter 54) by 23 runs.
Auckland University put themselves in the box seat for a playoff spot after a strong win over fellow contenders Parnell. Graeme Beghin (73*) and Jamal Todd (45*) put together 111 from 76 balls to push University to 166/3. Despite the continued form of skipper Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (54), Parnell never truly threatened University’s total. Five of University’s six bowlers nabbed themselves a wicket to shut down the Parnell innings.
Grafton 130 (B Chamberlain 33, A Sreenivasan 3-21) defeated Ellerslie 94 (D Taylor 4-14) by 36 runs.
Grafton ended the weekend with a strong win over Ellerslie. Grafton fought back from 66/5 courtesy of Ben Chamberlain’s 33. With 130 on the baord, it took some defending for Grafton to come away with the points. Alex Ridley hit Ellerslie hard upfront and the Horses never really got going in reply. Once Dylan Taylor (4-14) ripped out the middle-order, there was no way back for Ellerslie.