JEFF CROWE CUP
An unbroken 161 run sixth partnership between Blake Douglas and Ryan Scivier helped Takapuna stun Grafton United in cricket’s Jeff Crowe Cup.
The North Shore team recovered from 76/5 during the encounter at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The home side batted first and were led by opener Bill Walsh with captain Sri Rajasekar and Barry Rhodes offer- ing valuable support.
Greg Johnson, Elliott Herd and Max O’ Dowd all picked up two wickets for the visitors.
Takapuna’s response began well as they raced to 55/1 after just 12 overs with Tony Manning looking in good touch.
The introduction of Parth Patel turned things in Grafton’s favour as the visitors’ powerful middle order imploded.
With Grafton now firmly in the driver’s seat the home side were eyeing a fourth consecutive victory to start the season. But Douglas and Scivier had other ideas and the pair went on the counter attack.
Douglas struck a six and seven fours to finish unbeaten on 63 while Scivier scored a superb 95 not out from just 91 deliveries as the visitors reached their target with eight balls to spare.
Grafton United take on Parnell in round one of the Hedley Howarth Trophy on Saturday.
Results: Jeff Crowe Cup, round 4.
New World Victoria Park Grafton United 236/8 (B Walsh 82, S Rajasekar 41, B Rhodes 31) lost to Takapuna 237/5 (R Scivier 95no, B Douglas 63, T Manning 30, P Patel 3/35) by five wickets.