United de­feat Waitakere

Auckland City Harbour News - - CLASSIFIED -

Grafton United picked up their sec­ond two-day victory of the cam­paign when they de­feated Waitakere City on first innings at Vic­to­ria Park.

A Di­lan Peris cen­tury helped Grafton post a solid to­tal of 247 on day one. Parth Pa­tel was the hero on day two as he amassed a bril­liant five-wicket haul that en­sured the vis­i­tors were never able to threaten the to­tal.

Pa­tel claimed the first five wickets to fall, in­clud­ing the key scalp of City coach Du­san Hakaraia for 34, and ended with the out­stand­ing fig­ures of 5/34 from 14 overs. Daniel Fer­gu­son then fin­ished off what Pa­tel had started tak­ing 3/17 from an im­pres­sive 12 overs as the vis­i­tors were bowled out 77 runs shy of their tar­get.

In Grafton’s sec­ond innings an un­beaten 49 from coach Alan Bur­ton not only took him be­yond the 700-run mark for the sea­son but also helped his side reach 136/3 be­fore they de­clared with a 213-run lead with 26 overs left in the day.

City’s top three bats­men ap­peared determined to try and chase down the tar­get as all three scored at bet­ter than a run-a-ball. Two wickets apiece for Sam Rip­ping­ton and Kyle Ruf­fel slowed down the scor­ing rate and the game fiz­zled out with the vis­i­tors on 102/6. De­spite the victory Grafton re­main five points adrift of Eden Roskill at the bot­tom of the Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship lad­der.

Grafton United 247 (D Peris 112, S Chaturvedi 47, B Lis­ter 4/59) & 136/3 dec (A Bur­ton 49no, S Chaturvedi 37no, M Ruf­fell 37) de­feated Waitakere City 170 (D Hakaraia 34, P Pa­tel 5/36, D Fer­gu­son 3/17) & 102/6 (S Ansell 32no) on first innings.

Foot­ball fans: Good crowds turn out to watch the beach soc­cer.

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