Wai­tangi Day ac­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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