CricX stars shine in Auckland - 09/11/14

Michael Guptill-Bunce Batting 2 CRICX clients excelled during the opening round of the Auckland Premier Two-Day competition concluded this weekend.

The batting highlight came from Aces batsman Michael Guptill-Bunce who scored the only century of the round. He shared a hugh partnership with former Leicestershire batsman Michael Thornely, who fell one shy of another Premier hundred as Cornwall posted 329/6 declared. In reply, Dilan Peris was Grafton United's key performer, posting a brilliant 98 against an Aces-filled Cornwall attack. United were all out for 220, before Cornwall finished day two 166/4 and won on first-innings.

At Colin Maiden Park, Parnell narrowly took first-innings points against Auckland University. The former looked to be in the driver’s seat with Varsity reeling, but Aces' quick Warren Barnes combined with former Zimbabwe international Anthony Ireland (24 from 28 deliveries) taking Varsity within 7 runs of the target. But, a flurry of late wickets ensured Parnell secured first innings points by 6 runs. Former Blackcaps opener Tim McIntosh starred for Parnell taking two crucial wickets and scoring an unbeaten half-century in the second dig, whilst Ireland also took 3-65 in the first innings.

At Ken Maunder Park, Suburbs New Lynn dominated their match against Howick Pakuranga winning outright by an innings and 31 runs. Suburbs stalwart Darren Eckford laid the foundations for victory by taking nine first innings wickets, with CricX star Michael Barry doing the damage in the second innings taking 5-15 as Howick were dismissed for 75.

Ollie Pringle, fresh from signing with EAPL club Vauxhall Mallards, starred in Papatoetoe's three-wicket win over Takapuna. His five wicket haul (5-35) in the second innings reduced the visitors to 39/6, before posting 144/7. All three results were possible heading into the final overs but it was Papatoetoe`s Stuart Money who held his nerve, striking an unbeaten 25 from just 18 balls to secure the outright win

Birkenhead City secured a dramatic outright victory over East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. City grabbed first innings points, and a 75 run lead, on day one and declared their first innings overnight to send the Bays batsmen back out to the middle on the second morning. Bay's posted 167 before they were bowled out leaving City a modest target of 93 in 26 overs and the visitors looked to be coasting when they reached 73/3 inside 18. But the home team refused to give up as they took five wickets for just 18 runs to throw themselves a lifeline, however, after taking four wickets on day one, Rutvik Botadra held steady with bat in hand to strike the winning runs and seal the victory by two wickets, alongside his 4-18 in the first innings.

A five wicket haul from CricX and Aces seamer Dean Bartlett helped Ellerslie secure an outright victory over North Shore at Devonport Domain. The hosts gained first innings points and a 53-run lead on day one, but Bartlett`s outstanding figures of 5/27 from 15.3 overs ensured Shore were bundled out for just 92 in their second dig. This left the visitors a target of 148 for a reverse outright and despite a stumble towards the end, losing four wickets for four runs, Ellerslie managed to score the runs for a four wicket outright win.

 

 

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