Top four in two day comp decided
Monday, 18 February 2013
Robert Evans-Moore was on fire for Waitakere picking up the incredible figures of 9/64 against Ellerslie
The four teams to compete for this season's Hedley Howarth Trophy are now confirmed after the completion of the seventh round of fixtures at the weekend.
The reigning champions, Suburbs New Lynn, along with East Coast Bays and Parnell, will give chase to the current leaders Takapuna, and with only seven points separating the four sides it is certain to be an enthralling finale to the campaign.
At the other end of the scale Cornwall, Papatoetoe, Howick Pakuranga and Grafton United are now left with a battle to avoid the drop to the Minor Championship over the final three rounds after finishing in the bottom four. HRV Birkenhead City are in the driving seat in the Minor Championship after an outright victory which provided them with a healthy lead over the chasing pack.
Hedley Howarth Trophy - Two-Day Major Championship
Round Seven - Day Two
Takapuna v Howick Pakuranga - Onewa Domain
Takapuna are once again on top of the pile in the Major Championship despite suffering a reverse outright at the hands of Howick Pakuranga at Onewa Domain.
After racking up 321/9 on day one the hosts knew the key to first innings success would be to dismiss visiting skipper Andy de Boorder in the early stages. The former Aces batsman began day two on 36, but after adding 10 runs to his overnight tally de Boorder was dismissed by Greg Johnson and with their score at 164/6 the visitors decided to call time on their pursuit and concede first innings points.
With both sides intent on searching for outright points there was plenty to play for as the home side batted for a second time and, after reaching 90/1, they declared their innings to leave the visitors a target of 248 for a reverse outright victory.
Once again the hosts understood the value of de Boorder's scalp, but that was not about to come as easily the second time around. Opening the innings de Boorder struck a pair of sixes and 14 fours as he raced passed 50 before becoming the first player to reach the 1000 run milestone in just his 20th innings.
And before long the Howick skipper had reached his fourth ton of the season, taking his side to within six runs of their target before being dismissed for a stunning 111. Despite de Boorder once again snatching the headlines he wasn't fighting a lone hand as he and David Winn added 188 for the second wicket, a partnership that proved to be the match winning combination. Winn remained at the crease after his skipper`s departure and fittingly ended the match on 102 not out as Howick claimed the reverse outright.
Despite their best efforts the result was not enough to lift Howick into the top four of the competition and they will now play out the remainder of the season in the bottom half. For Taka the first innings points gained saw them reclaim the top spot from Parnell, but with the top four sides separated by fewer than seven points it's anyone's championship with three to play.
Takapuna 321/9 dec (D Ter Braak 92, E Herd 60, J Sole 44, G Johnson 37, D Grobbelaar 4/67) & 90/1 dec (T Manning 43no, R Scivier 42no) lost to Howick Pakuranga 164/6 dec (A de Boorder 46, M Davis 45no, G Johnson 4/22) & 248/2 (A de Boorder 111, D Winn 102no) outright by eight wickets.
ILG East Coast Bays v The Fox Suburbs New Lynn - Windsor Park
ILG East Coast Bays secured their spot in the top four with a dramatic first innings victory over The Fox Suburbs New Lynn at Windsor Park.
The visitors looked to be in total control of the game at 74/2 at the beginning of day two as they pursued Bays first innings total of 161. Sachin Variath began the day on 39 not out and the youngster looked well set to lead his side to victory when he brought up his third consecutive half century.
But unfortunately for Suburbs the opener began to lose partners with alarming regularity and when Variath was eventually dismissed for 69 he had become the third wicket in eight balls for Bays as the visitors suddenly found themselves in trouble at 135/7.
Stuart Lipshaw had been the chief architect of their collapse, returning the outstanding figures of 4/34 from 21 overs, and it was fitting that he was involved in the final wicket, claiming a catch off Donovan Deeble`s bowling to secure a thrilling four run first innings victory margin for Bays.
The result ensured that Bays, who began the day in fourth position, consolidated their placing in the leading quartet for the remainder of the season, and they went on to reach 154/9 in their second dig with Suburbs on 4 without loss when time was called on the match.
ILG East Coast Bays 161(C Fletcher 47, B Schmulian 32, S Solia 4/50, A Syed 3/27) & 154/9 dec (B Schmulian 83, V Davies 5/34) defeated The Fox Suburbs New Lynn 157 (S Variath 69, S Lipshaw 4/34) & 4/0 on first innings.
Papatoetoe v Parnell - Papatoetoe Recreation Ground
Papatoetoe took a major step towards Major Championship survival, and in the process knocked Parnell off the top of the ladder with a first innings victory at the Recreation Ground.
The visitors looked to be up against it leading into day two as they faced a daunting target of 351 and Aces batsman Tim McIntosh already dismissed late on day one, however it was Parnell who made the early running on the second morning.
Kirk Bunting and Ben Rae took the score to 104/1 before Auckland `A` batsman Bunting was dismissed for 32. Rae followed shortly after for 55, but a 151 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Ben Horne (77) and Angus McLean (72) appeared to put Parnell in total command of the contest.
However, when Horne and McLean were dismissed within six balls of each other, it heralded a dramatic collapse as former Aces seamer Gareth Shaw hit his stride. After dismissing McLean the fast bowler claimed four more scalps in quick succession and the visitors innings collapsed in a heap as they lost their final seven wickets for just 17 runs as their hosts claimed first innings points.
Papatoetoe then reached 154/6 in their second dig before the close of play, adding some useful bonus points to a tally which has seen them pull nearly 10 points clear of Cornwall at the bottom of the ladder. After holding the lead for only one round Parnell again find themselves in the chasing pack, but with less than seven points separating the top four they remain well and truly in the Hedley Howarth Trophy hunt.
Papatoetoe 350 (L Popli 112, STU Money 69, O Pringle 52, M Ravlic 3/34, J Nicol 3/69) & 154/6 (O Pringle 37) defeated Parnell 290 (B Horne 77, A McLean 72, B Rae 55, K Bunting 32, G Shaw 5/56) on first innings .
Cornwall v New World Victoria Park Grafton United - Cornwall Park
New World Victoria Park Grafton United amassed the day's highest total at Cornwall Park, claiming first innings points against Cornwall with an eye-watering total of 373/8. But these efforts were not enough to lift Grafton into the top four and now both sides will compete in the bottom half of the Major Championship for the remainder of the season.
Parth Patel and Andy Lane led the way for Grafton who began day two on 28/1. Patel registered his first century of the season before finishing unbeaten on 122, while Lane scored his fourth half century of the campaign before being dismissed just ten short of a triple figure score. Charlie Fairbank (52) and Shikar Chaturvedi (40) were also in form with the bat as Grafton extended their lead to almost 100 before time was called on the day.
The victory moved Grafton into fifth place, and more crucially opened up a near 16 point gap between themselves and Cornwall who have now been cast adrift at the bottom of the ladder with nearly ten points to make up on Papatoetoe who are seventh.
Cornwall 281 (J Dawborn 4/35) lost to New World Victoria Park Grafton United 373/8 (P Patel 122no, A Lane 90, C Fairbank 52, S Chaturvedi 40, B Chemaly 3/84) on first innings.
Tom Hellaby Trophy - Two-Day Minor Championship
Round Seven - Day Two
North Shore v Auckland University - Devonport Domain
North Shore lost their grip on the top position in the Minor Championship when they suffered a first innings defeat at the hands of Auckland University at Devonport Domain.
After losing two wickets in the four overs before the close of play on day one the hosts were always going to be up against it as they gave chase to Varsity`s impressive total of 351.
Kurt Law was responsible for the two wickets the previous weekend and he added another scalp to finish with figures of 3/28 from 16 overs, while Josh Fisher, Richard Sillars and Vishi Jeet all picked up two wickets apiece as Shore were rolled over for 145.
With Varsity sitting in third position on the ladder prior to the game they then looked to force an outright result in an effort to catch up with the competition leaders. They declared their second innings on 19/0 after just three overs to leave their hosts a target of 226 in 33 overs in the final session.
Having already conceded first innings points Shore played as if they had nothing to lose in their second dig and maintained a healthy scoring rate for the first half of their innings, but in their pursuit of quick runs they also lost wickets at regular intervals with youngster Josh Fisher picking up four scalps.
Matt Selby kept his side in the hunt with a quick fire 32 from just 19 balls but once he was dismissed the home side elected to abandon their quest, batting out the day to finish on 135/8 with Ollie Allen finishing unbeaten on 29.
The result saw Shore slip to second place, Birkenhead City retaking the lead with an outright victory over Eden Roskill. The emphatic nature of that result means City now have a healthy lead of over eight points with three games to go.
Auckland University 351 (M Ansell 169no, R Sillars 91, M Stevenson 5/83) & 19/0 dec defeated North Shore 145 (M Olsen 38, M Selby 31, K Law 3/28) & 135/8 (M Selby 32, J Fisher 4/45) on first innings.
HRV Birkenhead City v Eden Roskill - Birkenhead War Memorial
HRV Birkenhead City reclaimed top spot in the Minor Championship when they comprehensively defeated Eden Roskill outright at the Birkenhead War Memorial ground.
City went into the second day with a commanding 179 run lead and with skipper Terry Crabb just 10 runs short of a century. The former Auckland batsman wasted little time completing his second triple figure score of the season and, after his dismissal for 109, he declared his team`s innings with the score on 309/6.
It then took less than 28 overs for the home side to complete their task as Birkenhead coach Tazz Satti got amongst the wickets again . The former first-class player from Pakistan backed up his first innings five wicket haul with a six wicket bag in the second as only one Roskill batsman reached the 20's.
Satti finished with match figures of 11/68, and he now has 40 wickets to his name for the season after spearheading his team's return to the top of the rankings.
Eden Roskill 110 (T Satti 5/34, D Crook 3/34) & 103 (T Satti 6/34) lost to HRV Birkenhead City 309/6 dec (T Crabb 109 , R McConnochie 89, A McCracken 37, A Plant 31) outright by 96 runs.
Ellerslie v Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City - Michaels Ave
Another enthralling day's play at Michaels Ave saw Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City overcome Ellerslie reverse outright after they surrendered first innings points on day one.
Ellerslie began day two with a 70 run lead and eight wickets to play with but, despite half centuries from Sheldon Kearns and Matthew Wall, an incredible bowling display from young seamer Robert Evans-Moore helped dismiss the hosts for 204 and bring Waitakere back into the game.
Evans-Moore returned the incredible figures of 9/64 from his 20.4 overs, the youngster becoming the second bowler of the season to claim nine wickets in an innings (Papatoetoe`s Gareth Shaw being the other), and he was only denied a chance to take all ten by a run out of the final Ellerslie batsman. Evans-Moore now has 32 wickets for the season in just 15 matches after returning figures of 12/102 in this game.
This performance looked to have inspired the visitors as they set about chasing their reverse outright target of 226. Once again Aaron Jeavons led the way as the English batsman broke the 900 run barrier for the season before he was dismissed just three shy of a century. However, by the time Jeavons departed the damage had been done and Blayne Fraser struck the winning runs in the 51st over to finish on 104 not out from 114 balls, an innings which included 14 fours and a six.
The result means that less than three points separate the two sides with only three matches to go this season however ,with more than 20 points between them and Minor Championship leaders Birkenhead City, both teams will now be considered outsiders for promotion.
Ellerslie 117 (M Newman 33, S Curtis 5/34, R Evans-Moore 3/38) & 204 (S Kearns 53, M Wall 52, M Carmody 41, R Evans-Moore 9/64) lost to Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City 95 (M Newman 5/55) & 228/3 (B Fraser 104no, A Jeavons 97) outright by seven wickets.
Standings after round seven
Hedley Howarth Trophy - Major Championship
ILG East Coast Bays 74.00
The Fox Suburbs New Lynn 71.88
New World Victoria Park Grafton United 65.89
Howick Pakuranga 65.64
Tom Hellaby Trophy - Minor Championship
HRV Birkenhead City 85.89
North Shore 77.59
Auckland University 69.03
Barfoot & Thompson Waitakere City 62.07
Eden Roskill 48.86