Ace bowling attack not quite enough
A star-turn from Auckland Aces bowler Azhar Abbas wasn’t quite enough to give Eden Roskill an outright victory against Waitakere at Keith Hay Park on Saturday.
Abbas’ 8-72 helped restrict Waitakere to only 146 in reply to the home side’s 184, giving Eden Roskill first innings points.
But when Eden Roskill were dismissed for 153 in their second innings, the match was in the balance.
Abbas took 4-46 in the second innings, restricting Waitakere to a draw, which leaves both sides sitting midtable in the Blue Section of the Hedley Howarth Trophy two-day competition.
Meanwhile, it was a cliffhanger between Cornwall and East Coast Bays at Windsor Park. Cornwall missed out on first-innings points by just four runs, but managed to claim outright victory with two wickets to spare after dismissing East Coast Bays for just 104 in their second innings.
In the White Section Parnell claimed easy first innings points against Grafton United.
But Grafton had better luck against Cornwall during their Jeff Crowe Cup one-day match on Sunday at Cornwall Park.
Despite a top score of 74 from Cornwall’s Michael Guptill-Bunce, the home side were dismissed for just 191.
In reply, Grafton looked to be easing their way to their target, but the loss of quick wickets near the end of the match meant they scraped home with two wickets in hand.
Unfortunately for Eden Roskill, they couldn’t repeat their success in the shorter form of the game, going down to Howick Pakuranga at Keith Hay Park.
The home side managed just 148, with Howick Pakuranga reaching the target for the loss of two wickets.