Grafton beat 300
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.
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