Batting the key to Grafton hopes
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.