Boundary off last ball sees Grafton through
A close victory opened the cricket season for Grafton United but the Victoria Park club will be looking for a more decisive win against North Shore tomorrow.
The result of their match against Papatoetoe on October 5 was in doubt to the very end but it was the central Auckland team that walked away from the Papatoetoe Recreation Ground with the win by one wicket.
A century from Karan Anand helped the home side post a solid 232/6 from their 50 overs and Papatoetoe looked to be in complete control of the game as they tied the visitors down to just 72 runs in the first half of the response.
Returning English batsman Alan Burton scored a half-century in his first game for Grafton since the 2011/12 season.
Burton and newcomer Barry Rhodes, who upped the scoring rate with a quickfire 45 from 42 balls, got the run chase back on track.
The game ultimately went down to the wire with Grafton losing regular wickets as Aces spinner Bhupinder Singh looked to be bowling his side to victory.
But it was Rhys Denby who would keep his cool striking the final ball of the game to the boundary to secure the win.
Grafton take on North Shore at Victoria Park tomorrow.
Jeff Crowe Cup – Round 1 Results:
Papatoetoe 232/6 Anand 100)
New World Victoria Park Grafton United 235/9 (A Burton 60, B Rhodes 45).