Grafton bats­men have no an­swer to Ab­bas

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.

for the day

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.

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