Grafton thwarts Par­nell

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Af­ter se­cur­ing first in­nings points on the open­ing day, Par­nell Cricket Club pushed for an out­right vic­tory against Grafton United when play re­sumed at Shore Rd.

Par­nell de­clared their in­nings overnight with their 15-run lead, hop­ing to make early in­roads into the vis­it­ing lineup once again.

Grafton open­ers Andy Lane and Bill Walsh thwarted that plan with a 66-run open­ing stand.

But three wick­ets in the space of two overs kept the hosts’ out­right hopes alive.

At this stage Shikhar Chaturvedi joined Walsh at the crease.

The pair stood firm for 32 overs be­fore Chaturvedi was dis­missed for 32.

An out­right now looked out of the equa­tion with Walsh hav­ing soaked up 176 de­liv­er­ies while car­ry­ing his bat for 64 to give Grafton a lead of 152. With less than an hour’s play re­main­ing, the vis­i­tors de­clared their in­nings with the hosts mak­ing it to 57/1 be­fore the end of the match.

Grafton take on East Coast Bays at Wind­sor Park this week­end.

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