Ace bowl­ing at­tack not quite enough

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

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.

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