Ellerslie Cricket Club

Ellerslie 2016/17 Senior Reports: Premiers


v North Shore @ Devonport Domain (18 Mar & 18 Mar)

Ellerslie: 96 all out and 62/7 LOST FIRST INNINGS against North Shore: 167/8 declared

After day one was abandoned, I duly lost the toss on a wicket that looked like it would turn, and we were batting.

A poor start saw us 24/3 before a partnership between Aditya (32) and Matt (40) saw us reach 92/3. We then suffered a massive collapse to be all out for 96.

Our low total gave Shore the opportunity to score some quick runs in the middle session, which they duly did, declaring at tea with a 71 run lead to give us 32 overs to see out the day and save some face.

The batting lineup again failed, placing pressure on the lower order to see us to stumps 7 down for another disappointing days cricket.

Performance of the day: Aditya Edekar 32 and 35

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Waitakere @ Michaels Ave #1 (11 Feb & 18 Feb)

Ellerslie: N/a [IN PROGRESS] against Waitakere: 290 all out in 97.1 overs

A hot day and what looked like a flat wicket meant that as usual I lost the toss and we were bowling first.

We bowled very well for the first two sessions, runs hard to come by with Waitak 54/3 off 32 at lunch, and 132/4 off 68 at Tea.

A couple of dropped chances saw us fail to prevent a good partnership between their numbers 6 and 7, who upped the run rate gradually and took them past 200.

Some late hitting saw Waitak reach a pretty good total of 290, all out in the final over of the day.

Jeremy Myers and Dipesh Patel both picked up 3 wickets a piece, with Jeremy unlucky not to take more.

The game is well poised heading into day 2.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Birkenhead @ Birkenhead War Memorial (04 Feb & 04 Feb)

Ellerslie: 300 all out LOST against Birkenhead: 363/7

Day 2 started with Birkenhead 12/0 in pursuit of our 300 scored the weekend before.

The morning started with us taking 1 of 3 chances offered to us, a missed run out and dropped catch proving potentially costly.

Birkenhead proceeded to chase our score down relatively well, aided by some inaccurate bowling at times, eventually passing our score 5 down, mostly due to a century scored by their opening batsman.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Birkenhead @ Birkenhead War Memorial (28 Jan & 04 Feb)

Ellerslie: 300 all out in 91.5 overs [IN PROGRESS] against Birkenhead: 12/0 in 5 overs

After losing the toss and being put in on a fresh deck, our innings ebbed and flowed throughout the day.

We started slowly but well, being 73/1 at lunch. The hour after lunch then saw us lose 4 wickets, before a solid partnership between Aditya and Anubhav took us to 175/5 at tea. These two then departed quickly after tea to have us 7 down and looking at a total around 200. The lower order then rescued us, with Dipesh Patel posting an incredible 71* from #9, ably supported by Kasi and Joe.

Our innings ended on 300, a great result considering the pitch was relatively difficult to get started on. Birkenhead saw off the 5 overs left in the day to set up an intriguing day 2.

Performance of the day: Dipesh Patel 71* (72)

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Parnell @ Michaels Ave #1 (21 Jan)

Ellerslie: 244-4 in 47.3 overs WON against Parnell: 243-7 in 50 overs Win by 6 wickets

Another top 8 opponent awaited us to round off the one day round robin.

As usual, I lost the toss, and on a windy day Parnell elected to bat first.

With ex black cap Tim McIntosh in their ranks, Parnell were always going to present a tough challenge for our boys, and Dipesh Patel continued his ability to take an early wicket, with Parnell sitting at 30-1 after the first 10. The 1st innings then settled into an even battle during the middle overs, with our bowlers keeping boundaries to a minimum and the run rate below 4's until about the 40th over. Our death bowling was then much improved from previous weeks which saw Parnell set us 244 to win. Anubhav Thapa taking 4-57 from his 10 overs including a great stumping by Joe.

Our innings started well with Srirag being the aggressor and Abrar looking to bat time. After Srirag departed Steve and Abrar continued to turn over the singles, as has become our template with an aggressive middle order able to up the run rate later on with wickets in hand. Abrar and Steve had departed by the 30th over which brought middle order stars Ryan Higgins and Aditya Edekar to the crease. The two then set about scoring at about a run a ball for a partnership of 91, before Higgo's dismissal left us needing 26 off 29 with 6 wickets in hand. Wally and Aditya managed to get the job done with 15 balls to spare to save any last over pressure.

A great and much deserved result after falling agonisingly short to Suburbs and Takapuna the weekend before.

At the end of the 50 over round robin, performances of note deserve mentioning:

- Ryan Higgins leading run scorer in the comp with 307 runs @44, and 6th highest wicket taker with 10 wickets @30. Higgo is also leading the MVP race for Premier cricket overall.

- Aditya Edekar 4th leading run scorer with 264 @ 66

- Dipesh Patel 5th highest wicket taker with 11 @26


Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Takapuna @ Michaels Ave #1 (15 Jan)

Ellerslie: 247-8 in 50 overs LOST against Takapuna: 272-4 in 50 overs Lost by 25 runs

We lost the toss and fielded first up. We started well with Dipesh taking 2 wickets at the top for the 2nd game in a row to have Taka 37-2 after 10.

A slow but steady 3rd wicket partnership saw them reach 150 by the 40th over. Their number 5 then played a great knock, hitting 106 off 67 balls, including some big hits, which saw Taka post 272.

Our chase started poorly, sitting at less than 30 after the first 10 overs. Abrar Alam backed up his 74 from the day before with another anchoring knock, batting well with Matthew Wall (43) and then Stephen Venville (30). Some late hitting from Parikshith (45) saw us finish 25 short but without someone playing the same role as their century maker, we fell short on what was otherwise a good effort against a decent side.

Performance of the day: Abrar Alam 74

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Suburbs New Lyn @ Ken Maunder #1 (14 Jan)

Ellerslie: 273-5 in 50 overs LOST against Suburbs New Lyn: 277-8 in 49.2 overs Lost by 2 wickets

After winning the toss, we elected to bat first on a pretty hot day.

A poor start saw us 15-2 in the 4th over. Abrar Alam and Ryan Higgins then put on a 179 run partnership, with Abrar scoring his maiden premier 50 for ECC, and Ryan his maiden century. Some solid hitting from Aditya Edekar and Matthew Wall at the death saw us post a good score of over 270.

Our fielding effort began well with 2 wickets in the first 10 overs, however a couple of good partnerships by the Suburbs middle order kept them in the hunt. Going into the last 10 overs, Suburbs needed 80, with 4 wickets in hand. Some lusty hitting saw them needing 13 off the last 2 overs, which they eventually got with 4 balls remaining.

An incredibly close game which we dominated for the majority of, but just didn't quite do enough to get the win.

Performance of the day: Ryan Higgins 105 and 2-47

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Birkenhead @ Birkenhead War Memorial (07 Jan)

Ellerslie: 202 all out in 47.4 overs LOST against Birkenhead: 204/7 in 43.4 overs by 3 wickets

Ellerslie lost the toss and were sent in. We made a good start, executing the game plan of keeping wickets in hand for the last 10 overs. After being only 2 down at the 28 over mark, our innings then lost a bit of momentum however we still had 5 wickets in hand at the 40 over mark.

A poor death period left us 20 or 30 short of what we deserved.

Birkenhead then completed their chase relatively well, although did we pick up regular wickets to at least remain competitive, a couple of touch chances going down did stop us from gaining parity at certain points.


Performance of the day: Ryan Higgins 32 and 4-45

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Eden Roskill @ Michaels Ave #1 (10 Dec & 17 Dec)

Ellerslie: N/a OTHER (SPECIFY IN ELLERSLIE RESULT DETAILS) against Eden Roskill: 47-3 off 23 overs (Andrew Scott 2-31 off 11 Ryan Higgins 1-12 off 12) End of day 1

Only an hour and a half of play was managed before rain put paid to the rest of the day.

However in the play available we gained the upper hand through winning the toss and bowling first (always the ideal situation for rain interrupted games) and then bowled well with a new opening bowling combination of overseas Ryan Higgins and old-timer Andrew Scott.

Eden Roskill get to continue their innings for about 35-40 overs next week before we attempt to chase down whatever is set.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Grafton @ Victoria Park (06 Nov & 12 Nov)

Ellerslie: 140 all out and 186/8 (First innings - Matthew Wall 40, Archie Deshpande 36. Second innings - Ryan Higgins 68, Matthew Wall 32) LOST FIRST INNINGS against Grafton: 235 all out and 105/9 declared (First innings - Dipesh Patel 2/34, Ryan Higgins 2/37, Ryan Wall 2/37, Kasi Alagappan 2/39 Second innings - Ryan Wall 3/3, Ivan Thomas 2/39, Ryan Higgins 2/21 )

Day 1 started with Secure Parking ECC 35/4 chasing 235 for a first innings victory.

Archie and Matt W put nearly saw the score past 70 before the first wicket of the day saw us lose momentum and the innings fell closed with Grafton having a deserved 95 run lead.

We came out and lead by new recruit big Ivan, took regular wickets to leave Grafton 105/8 who then declared leaving us 200 to win off a minimum of 30 overs.

With nothing to lose, we set about chasing the total however despite a great innings from Riggins and starts from Matt W and Steve, none of the 3 senior players were able to see the boys home.

Performance of the day: Ryan Higgins 68 (48), Ryan Wall 3/3 off 3 overs

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Birkenhead @ Michaels Ave #1 (05 Nov & 05 Nov)

Ellerslie: 367/7 DREW against Birkenhead: 307/9

Day 2 began with Birkenhead 19/1 chasing our total from the week before.

A tough day in the field ensued with Birkenhead intent on keeping wickets in hand, meaning their run rate never got above 3 until late in the day.

Our bowlers stuck to their task and were rewarded with deserved wickets throughout the day on a track not offering much to the bowlers.

Heading into the last hour Birkenhead were 7 down with well over 100 runs needed to win, something highly unlikely in 2 day cricket. A quick rain break saw Birkenhead very keen to leave the field with our boys remaining on the pitch hoping to continue. When play resumed, 2 quick wickets to Kasi gave us 2 overs to take the final wicket, and an lbw was turned down in the final over of the day to a batsman shouldering arms to a straight one.

Hopefully having to split the points in a game we dominated does not come back to cost us nearer the end of the season.

Performance of the day: Kasi Aligappan 3-41 off 15 overs.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Birkenhead @ Michaels Ave #1 (29 Oct & 05 Nov)

Ellerslie: 367/7 declared (Parikshith Narsimhan 89 Stephen Venville 58 Matthew Wall 62 Archie Deshpande 78*) OTHER (SPECIFY IN ELLERSLIE RESULT DETAILS) against Birkenhead: 20/1 Day two to follow

The first day of grass cricket saw a good toss to lose, with Birkenhead winning the toss and choosing to bowl first given the good amount of grass on the wicket.

Openers Srirag and Pari saw off the new ball which paved the way for a huge Ellerslie score, with four of the top six scoring over 50.

The run rate allowed for a declaration late in the day, with Dipesh Patel unlucky to only snare the one wicket leaving Birkenhead 20/1 at stumps.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall


v Grafton @ Victoria Park (15 Oct)

Ellerslie: 152/4 in 21 overs (Ryan Higgins 64[44], Parikshith Narsimhan 58[53]) LOST against Grafton: 154/5 (Rig Wall 2-23[4]) Lost by 2 runs

Heavy downpours during the day meant a painful day waiting for a chance of play.

A 21 over game eventually began at 3.40pm, with Grafton winning the toss and electing to bat. Ellerslie picked up early wickets and kept Grafton at 6 per over until some fielding lapses in the last 5 overs allowed a total of over 150 to be scored.

Ellerslie then looked to be completing a textbook run chase, with 9 wickets in hand and only 30 runs to win, with both overseas Ryan Higgins and Parikshith Narsimhan scoring their first half-centuries for the side sponsored by Secure Parking. However, with 29 needed off 21 balls, Higgins dismissal allowed Grafton back into the game and Ellerslie were unable to secure the win, falling agonisingly short by two runs.

Submitted by: Matthew Wall



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