Grafton beat 300

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

A suc­cess­ful run chase in round three of cricket’s Jeff Crowe Cup ac­tion saw Grafton United hunt down a tar­get in ex­cess of 300 for the first time in lim­ited overs cricket.

Their win over Corn­wall at Corn­wall Park on Satur­day means they are the only side with three vic­to­ries to their name this sea­son.

Grafton’s bowlers were put to the sword by the home side with Michael Gup­till-Bunce spear­head­ing an im­pres­sive bat­ting dis­play.

He struck 13 fours and a pair of sixes be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing dis­missed for a su­perb 149 scored from just 128 balls faced.

His skip­per Sam An­der­son pro­vided pow­er­ful sup­port as he smashed 76 from 64 balls mak­ing the home side look in fine fet­tle at the in­ter­val.

They looked even bet­ter placed when Grafton lost two early wick­ets.

But the course of the game was changed by Barry Rhodes and Alan Bur­ton who shared a 169-run third wicket part­ner­ship be­fore Rhodes was dis­missed for 86.

With 127 still re­quired from the fi­nal 15 overs Shikhar Chaturvedi’s quick half cen­tury gave Grafton the ad­van­tage.

De­spite two wick­ets fall­ing in the penul­ti­mate over, it was Bur­ton who guided his team to vic­tory, hit­ting the win­ning runs to fin­ish un­beaten on 139 with 17 fours and a six to his name.

Grafton United take on Taka­puna at Vic­to­ria Park on Satur­day. Jeff Crowe Cup, round 3: Corn­wall 306/5 (M Gup­till-Bunce 149, S An­der­son 76, B Chemaly 39) lost to New World Vic­to­ria Park Grafton United 307/5 (A Bur­ton 139no, B Rhodes 86, S Chaturvedi 51, M Quinn 3/55) by five wick­ets.

Photo: SAN­DRA MU/GETTY IM­AGES

Com­pet­i­tive: Auck­land hockey star Jared Panchia will com­pete with the Ju­nior Black Sticks at the Ju­nior Hockey World Cup in De­cem­ber.

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