Papatoetoe Premiers 95 all out in 31. 1 overs (b cates 5-15, V zaveri 3-18) lost to Auckland University Premiers 96-2 in 26. 5 overs (b rowland 40, m ellison 38*) by 8 wickets at the Papatoetoe Recreational Ground

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Papatoetoe Premiers 95 all out in 31.1 overs (B Cates 5-15, V Zaveri 3-18) lost to Auckland University Premiers 96-2 in 26.5 overs (B Rowland 40, M Ellison 38*) by 8 wickets at the Papatoetoe Recreational Ground.
The Premiers registered their second win of the season against their more fancied opponents who had the luxury of naming four past or present Aces players in Shane Singe, Lance Shaw, Gareth Shaw and Bhupinder Singh.
The match had to be delayed by just over an hour as rain and a wet outfield kept the players from the field for over an hour after the intended start time. Fortunately, the toss wouldn’t prove too crucial in the finish at the hosts won the toss and elected to bat with a damp outfield in mind – the match reduced to 45 overs per side.
It was a victory set up beautifully by the bowling and fielding unit who were superb on the whole. A mixed opening spell from both new ball bowlers Warren Barnes and Simon Andrews ensured Papatoetoe’s top four were allowed to feel at ease with a few four balls dished up in between some very well directed deliveries.
Barnes beat Aces seamer Lance Shaw for bounce to be snaffled at point for 12 with the score at 19 before left-arm spinner Cates was introduced into the attack. Shaw’s elder brother, Gareth, who was patient against Barnes and Andrews, decided to attack Cates and it backfired almost immediately when he skied an attempted second slog sweep in the over to player/coach Rowland, who moved in towards the bowler from mid wicket to complete the catch – 44 for two.
Singe was as patient as ever at one end while dangerman DR Savajith opened up against the medium pace of West. With Cates tying up the Northern End nicely and creating pressure, Singe’s gritty application ended from his 40th ball, trying to lift the wily spinner over the leg side, only to be caught at mid on. From 70 for two, before Singe’s departure, things turned rather pear shaped for the hosts, losing their last eight wickets for just 25 runs.
With a combination of poorly executed attacking shots, a lack of respect for the bowling and a couple of bowlers and an entire fielding unit with their tails up, Papatoetoe succumbed for just 95 in the 32nd over. Cates was the chief destroyer with five for 15 from his full compliment of nine overs. Meanwhile, at the other end it was the promising leg breaks of Vedant Zaveri which allowed University to set the type of attacking fields unaccustomed to one day cricket, let alone the fact that the surface was artificial and typically unforgiving for spinners too. Zaveri mixed his pace and flight well to claim three for 18 off 7.1 overs, including four maidens to strangle the life out of the hosts.
Coach and captain Rowland and Ellison got their side off to their third consecutive fifty-plus opening stand before Rowland was undone by some canny bowling by former Auckland Under 19 seamer Ben Stevens. Rowland looked assured right throughout his knock, mixing solid defence with flair in attack to make the highest score of the day, not to mention the quickest – 40 off just 51 balls with six fours and a six.
Ellison lost Tim Dineen for just one after adding 69 with his opening partner before McMillan joined him to see out the remainder of the match without further loss. Ellison played a sedate role, ending unbeaten on 38 from 86 deliveries as the victory was achieved by 8 wickets with more than 23 overs in hand.
Attention now switches to the all-important two day format where the Premiers host Birkenhead in a must win encounter if they consider themselves a genuine chance of gaining promotion into the Major Championship in 2012/13.

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