Captain shines with the bat and ball
It was a true captain’s knock from Cornwall’s Craig Pryor as he led his side into the Jeff Crowe Cup quarter-finals with a blazing unbeaten 137 against Papatoetoe on Sunday.
The former Auckland player also starred with the ball, taking 3-50, as Papatoetoe compiled a competitive 246 during their playoff match at Cornwall Park.
But Pryor’s heroics, along with a valuable 52 from Sam Anderson, ensured it would be the most comfortable of wins for Cornwall, as they cruised to a nine-wicket victory.
In what was a good weekend for Cornwall, the club also moved to the top of the White Section in the Hedley Howarth Trophy two-day competition, thanks to a first innings win against East Coast Bays at Cornwall Park.
An impressive late spell of bowling from Pryor, 3-9, saw the visitors fall 24 runs shy of their target, before Cornwall batted again, compiling bonus points, with an unlucky Anderson dismissed for 94.
Meanwhile, in the Blue Section Tom Henderson’s 6-83 against Papatoetoe ensured Eden Roskill a first innings victory and a place in the top three at Papatoetoe Rec.
Papatoetoe got their run chase off to a great start with Sarvajith DR, 96no, before Henderson regularly removed batsmen at the other end, reducing them to 231 in reply to Eden Roskill’s 295.
Vivek Trichy, 64, Azhar Abbas, 64, and Scott Ellis, 50no, helped Eden Roskill pile on the batting bonus points as they dominated day two.
Grafton they continued what’s been a difficult season, suffering a first innings loss to Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
In reply to Howick’s first innings of 312, the visitors could only manage 159.
The home side continued to dominate during their second turn at bat with a dominant 231-0 to finish off the match. Scoreboards: Jeff Crowe Cup – Papatoetoe 246 (Shane Singe 60, Gareth Shaw 55, Lance Shaw 40, Craig Pryor 3-50) lost to Cornwall 247-1 (Craig Pryor 137no, Sam Anderson 52) by nine wickets.
Hedley Howarth Trophy: Cornwall 254 (Michael GuptillBunce 78, Dave Brown 41, James McCully 4-40, Brad Schmulian 3-72) and 200-4 (Sam Anderson 94, Craig Pryor 35no, James McCully 3-63) defeated East Coast Bays 230 (David Wigley 51, Matt Mimmack 43, Craig Pryor 3-9) on first innings.
Eden Roskill 295 (Brad Staddon 50, Sanjay Patel 43, Azhar Abbas 39, Chris Dittmer 37, Jack Dowd 5-66, Eammon O’Brien 4-68) and 260-8 (Vivek Trichy 64, Azhar Abbas 64, Scott Ellis 50no, Brad Staddon 35, Jack Dowd 4-81) defeated Papatoetoe 231 (Sarvajith DR 96no, Tom Henderson 6-83) on first innings.
Howick Pakuranga 312 (Mark Craig 81, Michael Davis 69, Jamie Newth 37, Reza Fuard 33, Donovan Grobbelaar 33, Joe Leach 31, Zahir Abrahim 4-74, Sri Rajasekar 3-32) and 2310 (Reza Fuard 118no, Jamie Newth 99no) defeated Grafton United 159 (Jay Chandrathilake 50no, Donovan Grobbelaar 5-56, Jordan Drinkall 3-26) on first innings. A stunning 4-0 defeat of previous leaders Waitakere United by Canterbury United has allowed reigning New Zealand Football Championship title-holders Auckland City to reclaim the competition’s top spot.
The Cantabrians, themselves victims of a drubbing by the same scoreline a week ago, caught an understrength Waitakere on the hop, while City were too good for Otago, coming away with a 5-0 win.
The huge win for Auckland, along with Waitakere’s heavy loss, wiped out any advantage the west Aucklanders had previously enjoyed in terms of goal difference.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for City, with all the scoring coming in the second half.
The reigning champions had enjoyed the better of the first spell without converting any of their numerous chances.
However once Matt Williams struck the opening goal seven minutes after halftime, Otago were always going to struggle.
Their resistance was further sapped by the unforgiving humidity at City’s home base Kiwitea St.
Four goals in the final 15 minutes was the outcome of this combination of factors, with Daniel Koprivcic, Grant Young, Paul Urlovic – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Vicelich all chiming in to fire City back to the NZFC lead.
The reigning champions have two games in hand, a vastly superior goal difference to Waitakere, and a fourpoint advantage over thirdplaced Team Wellington, who they host at Kiwitea St on Sunday from 2pm.
Captain leads way: Craig Pryor hit 137 not out for his Cornwall side.