A comprehensive outright win for the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club (HPCC) premier men and a close defeat for the premier women rounded out a mixed bag of results for the east Auckland club.
After batting themselves into a strong position on day one of their first Tom Hellaby Two-Day match of the season against Kumeu last week, the premier men were back at Huapai Domain to finish the job.
The HPCC men declared without facing a ball on day two, holding a lead of 207 runs with an innings to spare.
It was clear that the east Auckland men didn’t want to mess around, wrapping up the match just 37 overs into the day.
They bowled Kumeu out for just 67 runs to claim an outright win by an innings and 140 runs.
Spinner Harmeet Singh was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for only 25 runs, accompanied by Sam Molloy who had impressive figures of three wickets for nine runs.
Taine Jolley, Azharudin Lambat and Caine Bethune each picked up one wicket.
HPCC have shot to the top of the table after their dominant victory and look to build on their impressive start to the season against Birkenhead City in another away match over the next two weekends.
It was a welcome return to club cricket for the HPCC premier women’s (Llamas) domestic cricketers, with seven of them coming into the side for their round two Prichard Cup limited overs match.
The squad also strengthened by the inclusion of White Fern Molly Penfold, who recently returned from a tour of South Africa with the national side.
In a re-match of last year’s final, the Llamas played host to Cornwall, with their own line-up of domestic players.
Howick Pakuranga bowled first and limited Cornwall to 129 runs for the loss of eight wickets off 40 overs.
White Fern Penfold took two wickets, and the rest were shared between her sister, Josie, Amberly Parr, Marama Downes, Skye Bowden, Neena Woollaston and Holly Lightbourne.
It proved a difficult day for batting, with the women finding themselves four wickets down and only 24 runs on the board after a top-order collapse.
A middle order fight back, credited to Josie Penfold’s commendable 40*, saw the Llamas requiring 12 runs off 11 overs with one wicket to spare.
It wasn’t to be however, losing their final wicket in the 31st over, eight runs short of a victory.
The women now switch their attention to this weekend, where they’ll have another shot at securing their first victory of the season over Takapuna District at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Premier Cricket Results 28-10-23
Premier Men Hedley Howarth Two-Day Competition | Round 1
Eden Roskill 370/7-d (K Gambhir 127; J Hayes 2-51) & 28/0 (S Safi 9*) won first innings against Cornwall 304 (D Gallage 102; D Ratra 5-85).
Parnell 160 (N Perera 40; N Stobart 4-50) & 117 (W Ormiston 52; N Stobart 6-25) won outright against Auckland University 131 (A Olliver 26; O Pringle 3-24) & 100 (O Chakraborty 34; H King 4-28).
North Shore 145 (R Langford 36; M Sclanders 4-22) & 65 (J Moore 31; R Ter Braak 8-17) lost outright to Takapuna 293/9-d (T Van Ingen-Kal 84; R Bessell 3-84).
Suburbs-New Lynn 175 (T Patel 53; K Kieser 5-43) & 111 (K Gattu 34; B Smith 5-50) lost outright to East Coast Bays 339/8-d (C Briggs 102; L Devereaux 3-101).
Premier Men Tom Hellaby Two-Day Competition | Round 1
Kumeu 139 (K Munro 30; A Lambat 3-19) & 68 (A Christian 27; H Singh 4-25) lost outright to Howick Pakuranga 346/3-d (L Stackpole 167*; A Christian 1-37).
Waitakere 303/9-d (N Lombard 81; A Jayampathi 4-70) won first innings against Birkenhead City 201 (B Barnard 48; A Kaundal 5-58) & 110/8 (M Masand 38*; P Whynn 4-24).
Hibiscus Coast 165 (U Ranaraja 37; N Robinson 3-35) & 223/8-d (T Manage 78*; A Cormack 2-17) lost outright to Ellerslie 167/6-d (A Alam 38; T Treadaway 2-29) & 222/7 (B Wilson 52*; A Desai 5-65).
Papatoetoe 99 (H Singh 46; N Bhana 5-25) & 125 (R Gill 24; T Bayly 6-37) lost outright to Grafton 303/4-d (T Bayly 109*; P Shally 2-19).
Premier Women Prichard Cup Limited Over Competition | Round 2
Cornwall 129/8 (Fill-in 20; M Penfold 2-19) defeated Howick Pakuranga 122 (J Penfold 40*; Fill-in 4-27) by seven runs.
Parnell 152/9 (C Pedersen 42; K Halliday 4-23) defeated Takapuna 76 (Fill-in 29; R Jaswal 3-15) by 76 runs.
Auckland University 297/3 (N Matthews 127*; A Melhuish 1-37) defeated Kumeu-North Shore 29 (W Davies 9; M Hyde 3-9) by 268 runs.
Suburbs-New Lynn 163/4 (T Singh 56*; M Pearson 1-31) defeated Papatoetoe 94 (Fill-in 29; K Murdoch 2-9) by 69 runs.
Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club Upcoming Fixtures
Round 2, Day 1 Premier Men Tom Hellaby Two-Day Competition- HPCC VS Birkenhead City at Birkenhead War Memorial Park- Saturday November 4, 11am.
Round 3, Premier Women Prichard Cup Limited Overs Competition- HPCC VS Takapuna District at Lloyd Elsmore Park- Saturday November 4, 11am.
*Denotes not out