Premier Men’s Cricket
Hedley Howarth Two-Day Competition | Round 6, Day 2
Cornwall 253/5 (Sam Crooks 88, Dimithri Gallage 71) beat Suburbs New Lynn 135 (Matt Gibson 6/32) & 105 (Steven Martin 53) by an innings and 13 runs
Continuing on from last week, the Suburbs batters were once again put under the pump by the Cornwall bowlers. With the absence of Matt Gibson, the pacers Liam Wheeler (3/16) and Jamie Hayes (2/20) made short work of the remaining top order before the spinners finished off the middle and lower order, giving Cornwall an emphatic win by an innings and 13 runs.
Auckland University 150 (Angus Olliver 66, Jordan Sussex 5/39) & 323/3 dec. (Aakash Prasad 111, Shaneil Sharma 106) beat Takapuna 141 & 75 (Nick Stobart 5/27) by 257 runs
40 runs ahead from last week, the Auckland University batters took the bull by the horns and put on a gigantic lead with a massive partnership between Aakash Prasad (111) and Shaneil Sharma (101). Takapuna used their entire lineup to try extract the two batters, to no avail. Auckland University declared on 323/3, setting Takapuna 333 to win. Angus Olliver (4/32) and Nick Stobart (5/27) then ripped through the Takapuna batters, giving their team a brutal 257-run win.
Parnell 211 (Flynn McGregor-Sumpter 94, Sher Safi 5/35) & 230/8 (McGregor-Sumpter 71, Aniket Parikh 62, Dev Ratra 5/77) beat Eden Roskill 219 (Hemadri Chakraborty 78, Nikith Perera 6/76) & 217 (Chakraborty 68, Perera 6/82) by 2 wickets
Continuing overnight at 196/7, Parnell managed to get to 211 before being dismissed. Sher Safi did the majority of the damage with a 5-wicket bag. Starting their second innings with a lead of 8, Eden Roskill rode again on the form of Hemadri Chakraborty (68) to prop up their innings, but other contributions helped them to 217, setting Parnell 225 to win. Nikith Perera (6/82) impressed once again with the ball, managing match figures of 12/158. Parnell didn’t get off to the best start in their chase until Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (71) and Aniket Parikh (62) came together to build an important partnership, steering Parnell on course for victory. Dev Ratra (5/77) triggered a late flurry of wickets, but Parnell got the job done in the end, winning by two wickets. Credit must go to the aggressive approach of both teams, ensuring a result.
North Shore 200 (Michael Olsen 49) & 22/0 beat Papatoetoe 84 (Tendai Chitongo 4/34) & 133 (Chitongo 5/64) by 10 wickets
Still trailing by 84 runs from the week before, Papatoetoe resumed their innings with the openers soaking up pressure from a fiery North Shore side. Barrington Rowland (44) was the top scorer for the visiting side as they fell to Chitongo’s guile once again. Chitongo’s 5/64 gave him match figures of 9/98. Rory Bessell (4/21) also contributed as Papatoetoe were rolled for 133, setting Shore 18 to win, which they chased down in only a couple of overs, retaining their stranglehold on the top position on the table.
Tom Hellaby Two Day Competition | Round 6, Day 2
Kumeu 175 (Soliman Jaan 52, Louis Delport 5/69) & 270 (Elyaas Sayed 76) lost to East Coast Bays 222/5 dec (Cole Briggs 105, Ryan Harrison 53) & 224/3 by 7 wickets
Kumeu resumed their 2nd innings looking to set up a chase that would challenge the rampant batting lineup of the home team. The middle order once again had to prop up Kumeu’s innings as Elyaas Sayed (76), Hayden Banks (47) and Kiran Ahir (48) helped Kumeu to post 270. Louis Delport (4/99) continued his magical season, contributing once more to the Cult of Louis with a match haul of 9/168. We said to expect more Bazball from Bays and the obliged with a brutal display as the shadows lengthened at Windsor Park. Isaac Bird (70 off 58) and ACES batters Ryan Harrison (65* off 54) and Cole Briggs (41* off 30) took the side to a comfortable victory in the end, shoring up their second spot on the Tom Hellaby table.
Birkenhead 259 (James Newman 66*, Anuradha Jayampathi 58) drew with Waitakere 241/8 (Sachin Variath 68)
In a somewhat more leisurely paced match at Te Atatu Park, the two bottom of the table teams battled it out under sunny skies. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Waitakere found an early breakthrough but were unable to trigger a Birkenhead collapse with good starts from the top and middle order, and an anchoring 58 from Jayampathi. James Newman’s counterattacking 66* then lifted Birkenhead to 259. On the second day, Waitakere reached 241/8 after 87.4 overs, courtesy of a patient 77 from their number 3 and 68 from Sachin Variath.
Howick Pakuranga 222 (Liam Winn 84, Akshay Sreenivasan 7/71) & 107/3 dec. lost to Ellerslie 157 (Dinesh Kharel 70) & 177/0 (Abrar Alam 85*, Shannon Wimalaratne 82*) by ten wickets
Ellerslie resumed day two on 60/4. Dinesh Kharel (70) and Henry Drillien (38) propped up the visitors as wickets tumbled towards the end, Ellerslie ending up bowled out for 157. Wickets were shared amongst the Howick Pakuranga bowlers, but Connah Thompson’s 3/29 was the pick of the bunch. go into bat again. After only after 16 overs of aggressive cricket, Howick Pakuranga declared on 107/3, giving Ellerslie 172 runs to chase. The dangled carrot of a chase did not go how Howick Pakuranga had planned with Ellerslie’s openers Shannon Wimalaratne (82*) and Abrar Alam (85*) remaining unbeaten and chasing down the target with ease in 30 overs of supreme batting.
Grafton 293 (Dylan Taylor 77, Alex Ridley 56) beat Hibiscus Coast 153 (Ramesh Wasam 82) & 72 by an innings and 68 runs
Grafton resumed their innings with a small lead over Hibiscus and 4 wickets in hand. Raja Sandhu (48) and Jack Duffy (41*) contributed to building Grafton’s lead but it was Alex Ridley (56) who was the most impressive, showing off a T20 style approach to lift his team to 293. The wind knocked completely out of their sales, Hibiscus Coast foundered in their second innings for 72. Ridley was once again the star, capping off a superb match with 4/34, giving table toppers Grafton an impressive victory.
Premier Women’s Cricket
Barfoot & Thompson Royal Oak Premier Women – Prichard Cup | Round 9
Howick Pakuranga 72/3 beat Takapuna (Neena Woollaston 6/5) by 7 wickets
At Lloyd Elsmore, Takapuna, electing to bat first, found themselves in a heap of trouble against the stacked bowling attack of Howick Pakuranga. Kate Irwin (28) brought back some stability to proceedings but Neena Woollaston’s astonishing 6/5 tore through Taka’s defences as they were castled for 68. Carrying their form on with the bat, Howick Pakuranga cruised to victory in just 13.2 overs.
Auckland University 147/4 (Jesse Prasad 47*) beat Papatoetoe 144 (Makayla Templeton 41) by six wickets
At Colin Maiden Park, Papatoetoe elected to bat first under sunny skies. Their top order got starts, and HEARTS allrounder Makayla Templeton’s 41 propped up their middle order. But regular strikes from the Uni bowlers restricted them to 144. Auckland University started strongly with Elizabeth Buchanan (39) getting the side off to an explosive start, before 3 wickets quick wickets pegged them back. However, Jesse Prasad (47*) and Samantha Petherick (30) finished the game off in the end, chasing down the target in just 27 overs with six wickets still in hand.
Parnell 62 (Breearne Illing 3/6) lost to Cornwall 63/2 by 8 wickets
Parnell elected to bat first on Saturday against a Cornwall team stacked full of HEARTS stars. Beating them was always going to be a tough ask and it proved so with Parnell against early against good bowling. Cate Pedersen (23) was the pick of the batters as Parnell were rolled for 62. Breearne Illing (3/6) was the impressive of the Cornwall bowlers. Cornwall were challenged by the legspin of Rishika Jaswal (2/20 ) as a couple of quick wickets were lost at the top. But this total was never going to challenge Cornwall and HEARTS veterans Carnachan (25*) and Katie Perkins (10*) comfortably guided Cornwall home. Cornwall still remain top of the table with two more games to go.