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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.

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