United leave it late again
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.