United leave it late again

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Cricket teams will be hop­ing the weather holds out this week­end af­ter rain brought an early fin­ish for most matches in the sec­ond round of the Jeff Crowe Cup.

Grafton United came up trumps with a win in one of only two games to reach a con­clu­sion on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Af­ter win­ning their open­ing game of the sea­son on the fi­nal ball, the home side left it late again in round two against North Shore at Vic­to­ria Park.

The vis­i­tors were able to face their full al­lo­ca­tion of overs when they bat­ted first. All six United bowlers claimed wick­ets with cap­tain Sri Ra­jasekar tak­ing 4/42 from his 10 overs as Shore’s in­nings ended at 203.

The home side’s re­ply was re­duced to 40 overs with a tar­get of 172.

Andy Lane (27) and Bill Walsh (40) set the tone as a run rate of four an over was main­tained through­out the early stages of the re­ply.

Shore’s bowlers did their best to stem the tide with Matt Selby and Paul Rob­bins each pick­ing up two wick­ets.

But Shikhar Chatur- vedi kept the home side ahead of the rate with an in­nings of 43 from 49 balls be­fore his dis­missal in the 37th over left the game in the bal­ance.

Parth Pa­tel then in­ter­vened to play a cru­cial in­nings of 15 from eight balls be­fore his bound­ary sealed the vic­tory for his side with eight balls of the game re­main­ing.

Grafton United face Corn­wall at Corn­wall Park on Satur­day.

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