Bound­ary off last ball sees Grafton through

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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).


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