Cachopa blasts massive ton for Takapuna
Monday, 11 October 2010
Papatoetoe's Shane Singe cuts one away
It was a weekend that was crowned by two blazing centuries to Craig Cachopa and Colin de Grandhomme as Premier club cricket roared back into action for the 2010/11 season.
Check out some video highlights from the first weekend's action.
Jeff Crowe Cup one day competition
Round 1 - 09-Oct-10
Papatoetoe v Eden Roskill - Keith Hay Park 3a (45 over match)
Two of the most experienced players in Papatoetoe's line-up ensured that they got off to a winning start to the season with former captain Shane Singe top scoring with 81, and current skipper Gareth Shaw backing that up with 37. That allowed the visitors to post 229/6 and they did well to restrict Eden Roskill to just over 200 from their 40 overs. For the home side Chris Dittmer (70*) was the rock of the innings, and whilst he got support from Vivek Trichy (47), there wasn't enough to get Eden Roskill across the line.
Papatoetoe 229/6 (Shane Singe 81, Gareth Shaw 37) defeated Eden Roskill 206/9 (Chris Dittmer 70*, Vivek Trichy 47, D Stevens 3-38) by 23 runs.
Cornwall v Auckland University - Cornwall Park 1a (45 over match)
It was a tough welcome back to Premier grade for Auckland University as Cornwall taught them a batting lesson and then finished things off with a bowling demolition. An unbroken 117 run partnership for the sixth wicket between Brent Findlay (85*) and Aces off spinner Ronnie Hira (64*) led Cornwall to an imposing 285/5 off their 45 overs. Any hopes University might have had of pulling off a mighty run chase were quickly extinguished as wickets tumbled. The charge was led by Lockie Ferguson (4/15) and Todd Hewitt (3/11), as they sent University tumbling out for just 68.
Cornwall 285/5 (Brent Findlay 85*, Ronnie Hira 64*, Daryl Mitchell 54) defeated Auckland University 68 (Lockie Ferguson 4-15, Tom Hewitt 3-11) by 217 runs.
Parnell v Birkenhead City - Cornwall Park 2a (43 over match)
Parnell, the defending champions, got off to the perfect start as they put paid to Birkenhead City's challenge on Saturday. Their total of 201/7 was largely thanks to Ben Rae (71) and Ryan Turner (39*) and it proved more than enough as their bowlers went about unraveling the Birkenhead innings. Chas Keogh was the best for Parnell with (3-48) as Darrin Crook provided the only significant resistance for the visitors, top scoring with 62.
Parnell 201/7 (Ben Rae 71, Ryan Turner 39*, Matt Van Dalen 3-41) defeated Birkenhead City 158 (Darrin Crook 62, Carl Frankson 33, Chas Keogh 3-48) by 43 runs.
Waitakere City v Howick Pakuranga - Te Atatu Park 5a (48 over match)
An eight wicket win doesn't quite do justice to describing the carnage that took place at Te Atatu Park. Chasing 204 for victory Aces middle order batsman Colin de Grandhomme scored one of the fastest hundreds on record in Premier cricket with a whirlwind 48 ball ton. He smashed seven fours and nine sixes in the innings that somewhat overshadowed the impressive unbeaten half century from his partner Colin Munro. Earlier Waitakere had Daniel Morton to thank for having any total to speak of as he dominated their tally of 203/7 with 98. That was never going to be enough once de Grandhomme got going though and in the end Howick did it with almost 15 overs to spare.
Waitakere City 203/7 (Daniel Morton 98*) lost to Howick Pakuranga 204/2 (Colin de Grandhomme 102, Colin Munro 51*) by eight wickets.
Takapuna v North Shore - Onewa Domain 2a (42 over match)
Innings such as this come along very rarely, and when they do it's worth noting. Craig Cachopa's phenomenal 197 in what was a rain reduced 42 over match, was one that people will talk of for years to come, all the more so in that it was a chanceless affair, and one played with a very high degree of "proper" cricket shots. The stats alone are impressive enough: 110 balls, 18 fours and 12 sixes. His innings, and Blake Douglas' smash and grab cameo of 46 meant that Takapuna posted the scarcely believable tally of 352/6. It was always going to be a herculean run chase for North Shore and they predictably fell well short as the pressure of such a run rate told, James Cowell rounding out Takpuna's day with 4-29. The two day champions have made a statement, and it sounds like it could be "we'd like the one day title as well, thanks".
Takapuna 352/6 (Craig Cachopa 197, Blake Douglas 46) defeated North Shore 183 (Ben Stewart 38, Hamish Baker 35, Jack Cowell 4-29) by 169 runs.
Ellerslie v Suburbs New Lynn - Michaels Ave Res 2a (47 over match)
Last year's losing Jeff Crowe Cup finalists Suburbs New Lynn made short work of their first run out of the season as they completed a comfortable nine wicket win over Ellerslie. The win was set up by their bowling performance as they restricted the home side to just 129/9 off their 47 overs, with Victor Davie the main destroyer with 5/22. Captain Kris Baker played a lone hand for Ellerslie with 55. From there openers Michael Barry (46*) and Jeet Raval (43) made sure it would be a stroll to victory, and three points, for Suburbs.
Ellerslie 129/9 (Kris Baker 55, Victor Davies 5-22) lost to Suburbs New Lynn 130/1 (Michael Barry 46*, Jeet Raval 43) by nine wickets.
Grafton United v ILG East Coast Bays - Cox's Bay 2a
East Coast Bays got their one day campaign off to the best possible start with a convincing seven wicket win over Grafton United at the weekend. Richard Lane led the bowling effort for the visitors, picking up 4/13 as they restricted Grafton to just 131/9. That was never going to be enough and Tom Briggs (52) led the charge to a comfortable victory.
Next weeks fixtures, 16 October:
Auckland University v Parnell - Mt Wellington War Memorial 1a
ILG East Coast Bays v Papatoetoe - Freyberg Park 1a
Howick Pakuranga v Grafton United - Lloyd Ellsmore Park 7a
Suburbs New Lynn v Waitakere City - Eastdale Rd 4a
Birkenhead City v Ellerslie - Onepoto Domain 1a
North Shore v Cornwall - Vauxhall Rd 1a
Eden Roskill v Takapuna - Keith Hay Park 3a
Points table after Round 1:
Grafton United 0
Waitakere City 0
Suburbs New Lynn 3
Howick Pakuranga 3
ILG East Coast Bays 3
Eden Roskill 0
Birkenhead City 0
North Shore 0
Auckland University 0