Grafton batsmen have no answer to Abbas
Grafton United couldn’t cope with the sensational bowling from Eden Roskill player-coach Azhar Abbas in the Tom Hellaby two-day cricket championship at Victoria Park.
Abbas continued his top form, helping his side secure first innings points on March 15.
Roskill amassed 245 on day one, a total which proved to be more than enough.
Abbas ripped through the Grafton order, returning the incredible figures of 8/34 and taking his tally to 61 wickets for the season.
Grafton coach Alan Burton provided the only positive for the home team as his innings of 37 saw him become the season’s second batsman to pass 800 runs in premier cricket.
Roskill decided against enforcing the follow on, and instead they batted on for 34 overs to reach 97/8 before play was abandoned because of rain.
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Spreading it: Right, William Talafaina-Nu throws a pass to a Ponsonby team-mate. Twinkle toes: Left, Ponsonby’s Andrew Boyle looks to take the gap.