Grafton dealt a blow to chances
Grafton United have their work cut out for them this weekend after an impressive unbeaten century left North Shore well-placed in the first round of the Hedley Howarth Trophy.
In the white section, former Danish international and Auckland player Terry Crabb set up the day for North Shore with 107 not out, well supported by Beaumont Schoeman, 49, and Reuban Rivers-Smith, 47, for a total of 265.
Grafton’s Dan Robinson took a five wicket bag and Zahir Ibrahim took four.
North Shore managed to pick up two wickets late in the day, leaving them with the upper hand with Grafton on 14-2.
In the blue section Cornwall were unable to continue their good form from last week and had a disappointing start to the two-day match on their home ground against Howick-Pakuranga.
Howick-Pakuranga’s Donovan Grobbelaar was the main destroyer, picking up seven wickets and helping dismiss Cornwall for 123.
Howick is now poised to overtake Cornwall’s total, ending the day on 112-4, with Andrew de Boorder, 34, the main contributor so far.
University Ellerslie managed to gain a slight advantage in their game against Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park with two wickets late in the day swinging the balance.
After a strong start from Ellerslie, Eden Roskill managed to pull the innings back as Vivek Trichy took a five wicket bag to go with his impressive run rate this season.
University Ellerslie finished on 225, leaving Eden Roskill 203 runs behind on 22-2 with eight wickets in hand.
Matches continue this Saturday.
On the defence: Cornwall all-rounder Craig Pryor gets up on his toes to play a defensive shot watched by Howick Pakuranga slips Jamie Newth, left, and Luke Vivian on day one of the Cornwall and Howick-Pakuranga two-day club cricket match at Cornwall park last Saturday.