Bat­ting the key to Grafton hopes

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Grafton United will go into day two of their Tom Hellaby cricket match with Eden Roskill at Vic­to­ria Park hop­ing for a solid bat­ting per­for­mance.

The game hangs in the bal­ance af­ter day one with Grafton on 28/1 in re­ply to the vis­i­tor’s to­tal of 245.

Shaneil Sharma top-scored for Roskill as he struck a six and eight fours be­fore fall­ing just 11 runs shy of a half­cen­tury.

Sam Cur­ran also showed form with the bat, mak­ing 40 at the top of the or­der, while five other Roskill play­ers reached dou­ble fig­ures.

The home bowlers shared the wickets around as Sam Rip­ping­ton and Di­lan Peris each claimed three scalps, while coach Alan Bur­ton and Parth Pa­tel bagged two each.

Grafton did lose Peris in the fourth over of the re­ply but Bur­ton and Pa­tel bat­ted out the re­main­der of the day with Bur­ton – the pre­mier grade’s sec­ond lead­ing run scorer – key to the day two run chase.

Eden Roskill 245 (S Sharma 89, S Cur­ran 40, D Peris 3/27, S Rip­ping­ton 3/37) plays Grafton United 28/1 af­ter day one.

Nice ex­e­cu­tion: Eden Roskill’s Joshua Cur­ran gets ready to play his

Short ball: Sam Rip­ping­ton fires a de­liv­ery down the pitch.

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