United taste victory
Grafton United look well placed to push for a first innings victory after day one of their cricket match with Ellerslie at Victoria Park in the Tom Hellaby Trophy.
The hosts batted first and had some solid contributions from throughout the batting order with Dilan Peris’ 40 being the top score as Grafton amassed 195.
Matt Newman, 3/34 and Matt Coxon, 3/56, shared six of the wickets to fall with Ellerslie skipper Newman on 42 wickets for the season while Englishman Coxon is just two shy of 50.
In reply Simon Lambert top-scored for Ellerslie with 48 and in doing so passed the 700-run mark for the season.
However Lambert lacked support as no other Ellerslie batsman was able to reach 20 and the visitors ended the day on 116/6 with Grafton‘s overseas player Sam Rippington claiming 3/40.