Waitangi Day action
Waitangi Day was the perfect setting for fans to head to their local cricket parks to see the first day’s action in round seven of the twoday premierships.
A Dilan Peris century rescued Grafton United from a precarious 38/4 and enabled them to post a solid 247 on day one of their Tom Hellaby championship match against Waitakere City at Victoria Park.
Ethan Hunt and Sam Wynn had done the early damage for Waitakere as they shared the first four wickets. But a fifth wicket partnership of 76 runs between Peris and Shikar Chaturvedi got the innings back on track before the latter was dismissed for 47.
Undaunted, Peris continued on his way, striking five boundaries to reach a century before his 187-ball stay at the crease ended with a score of 112 to his name.
Peris was the last man dismissed and the fourth victim for Waitakere allrounder Ben Lister who returned the superb figures of 4/59 from 22.4 overs.
Waitakere had 10 overs to bat before the close of play and openers Jarred Challis and Dylan Lombard were able to take the score to 22 without loss in that time, thus setting up an intriguing second day’s play this Saturday.