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The Howick Pakuranga premier women have topped the T20 table after wins over Parnell and Takapuna on the weekend.

The Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club’s premier women are now table toppers in the Pearl Dawson Trophy T20 Competition after two dominant wins on Saturday.

The women faced Parnell in game one of two at Colin Maiden Park.

Holly Topp top-scored with 38 runs, helping the side to a score of 108 after their 20 overs.

HPCC’s Josie Penfold ripped through the Parnell line-up, taking three wickets for only nine runs and restricting the side to fall 30 runs short.

In similar dominant fashion, the premier women defeated Takapuna by seven wickets later that day to top off an already impressive weekend of cricket.

Josie Penfold was the pick of the bowlers again with two wickets for 16 runs as Takapuna scraped through to a total of 86.

After a rocky start with the bat finding themselves two wickets down with only four runs on the board, Howick Pakuranga’s hero batters staged a comeback.

Amberly Parr top scored with 40 runs and Holly Topped starred again with 37 not out.

The two combined for an 81-run partnership and brought home a seven-wicket victory for the side.

After four games played and four wins recorded, the HPCC premier women sit top of the table in the competition.

They have two more T20 games this Saturday in rounds seven and eight against Suburbs New-Lynn and Auckland University at Ken Maunder Park in New Lynn.

The HPCC premier men had a tough day at the office on Saturday, falling short of a win over Takapuna in round five of the Jeff Crowe Cup Limited over Competition.

Howick Pakuranga scored 194 runs after batting first, which was chased down by Takapuna with two wickets to spare.

HPCC bowler Kimesh Chetty was the club’s standout player of the day, taking four wickets.

It was an impressive week with the bat for youngster Jasmeet Rattan also, scoring centuries in two separate matches.

Jasmeet Rattan was top scorer for the club this week, recording two centuries for a total of 220 runs.

Rattan had an impressive 101 not out off 70 balls for the U15 Giants in their victory over Ellerslie on the final day of the Club Summer Series T20 tournament. He followed it up with 119 of 113 balls for the U15 Maroons on Sunday.

On Sunday, the HPCC premier men played two T20 games that were previously postponed last year due to rain.

In game one, youngster Lachie Stackpole (54*) and Liam Winn (49) helped the side to a total of 153 before Howick Pakuranga bowlers ripped through the Eden Roskill line-up, keeping them under 100 runs.

Harmeet Singh (5-12) and Kimesh Chetty (4-10) took all nine of the wickets in an impressive 55 run victory.

Game two against Parnell was a different story, with HPCC going down in a close match.

HPCC batted first again, recording a total of 148 with efforts from Bill Walsh (45) and Josh McGregor (32*).

Parnell opener Josh Plummer (48) helped the side to victory in the final over of the match, despite Harmeet Singh, the pick off the bowlers, picking up another two wickets.

Two dominant Howick Pakuranga premier women and domestic cricket standouts also received exciting news last week, both being included in the White Ferns Squad for the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Molly Penfold and Brooke Halliday will take part in the tournament when it begins on February 11 in South Africa.

Premier Cricket Results 

Premier Men- T20 Competition 

Howick Pakuranga 153/7 (L Stackpole 54 not out, L Winn 49; S Desai 2-14) defeated Eden Roskill 98/9 (N Patel 52 not out; H Singh 5-12, K Chetty 4-10) by 55 runs.

Howick Pakuranga 148/7 (B Walsh 45, J McGregor 32 not out; M Chaplin 3-16) lost to Parnell 150/7 (J Plummer 48; H Singh 2-12) by three wickets.

Premier Men Jeff Crowe Cup Limited over Competition | Round 5 

Howick Pakuranga 194 (B Walsh 35, L Stackpole 33; T Stroobant 2-18) lost to Takapuna 196/8 (G Harley 80, Q Sunde 66; K Chetty 4-31) by two wickets.

Parnell 220/8 (F McGregor-Sumpter 47, W Ormiston 37; A Nathan 3-38) lost to Cornwall 223/4 (M Guptill-Bunce 75 not out, J Cassidy 55; N Perera 1-29) by six wickets.

East Coast Bays 350/5 (B Harrison 87, I Bird 67, R Harrison 62; M Olsen 1-44) defeated North Shore 219 (T Chitongo 49, W Clarke 40; P Mercredy 2-36) by 131 runs.

Auckland University 261/8 (D Chakraborty 82; S Cook 4-51, M Barry 2-43) defeated Suburbs-New Lynn 195 (S Martin 78; K Mackenzie 3-27, A Prasad 2-4) by 66 runs.

Premier Men – Richard Jones Trophy Limited Over Competition | Round 5 

Papatoetoe 272 (R Gill 67, R Bisht 57; W St John 4-45, D Kharel 4-51) defeated Ellerslie 267/7 (H Drillien 99, J Allan 47; N Deol 3-41) by five runs.

Grafton 242/5 (S Gunawardane 91 not out, A Edwards 53; D Laban-Jeffries 2-45) defeated Kumeu 98 (E Sayed 38; K Ruffell 2-9, D Taylor 2-11) by 144 runs.

Birkenhead City 247 (B Barnard 71, J O’Brien 56; A Desai 3-26) defeated Hibiscus Coast 204 (R Newman 54; A Jayampathi 3-29) by 43 runs.

Eden Roskill 284/9 (H Chakraborty 88, S Desai 57; P Whynn 4-43) lost to Waitakere 285/8 (S Variath 73, J Henderson 45; D Ratra 3-39) by two wickets.

Premier Women – Pearl Dawson Trophy T20 Competition 

Round Five: Howick Pakuranga 108/4 (H Topp 38, R Patel 30; R Macmillan 2-20) defeated Parnell 78/9 (M Way 14; J Penfold 3-9) by 30 runs.

Round Six: Takapuna 86/6 (S Elliott 27, T Hurley 24; J Penfold 2-16) lost to Howick Pakuranga 87/3 (A Parr 40, H Topp 37 not out; R McNeill 2-8) by seven wickets.

Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club Upcoming Fixtures 

Round 6, Limited overs Jeff Crowe Cup- Howick Pakuranga Premier Men VS Parnell CC Premier Men at Shore Road Reserve- Saturday January 28, 11am.

Round 7, Premier Women Pearl Dawson Trophy T20 Competition- Howick Pakuranga Premier Women VS Suburbs-New Lynn CC Premier Women at Ken Maunder Park- Saturday January 28, 11am.

Round 8, Premier Women Pearl Dawson Trophy T20 Competition- Howick Pakuranga Premier Women VS Auckland University CC Premier Women at Ken Maunder Park- Saturday January 28, 3pm.

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