Grafton cricket pro­duce up­set

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Grafton United Cricket Club pro­duced one of the up­sets of the sea­son to sal­vage an other­wise dis­ap­point­ing run in Auck­land Cricket’s Jeff Crowe com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Sit­ting in sixth place, and well out of play­off con­tention, the some­what in­ex­pe­ri­enced side man­aged to knock off top-of-the ta­ble North Shore with an im­pres­sive 103-run vic­tory.

South African na­tive Nick Hen­drie steered the side home with an un­beaten 156 off 134 balls, while a strong all-round bowl­ing per­for­mance en­sured North Shore were never al­lowed to build mo­men­tum.

Head coach Ian West said that while it’s been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, the win was a good way to cap off the lim­ited-overs com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We just went out to en­joy the day,’’ West said.

‘‘With not too much pres­sure on, they played re­ally well and put in a great per­for­mance.’’

Grafton has strug­gled in the 50-over for­mat this sea­son, de­spite sit­ting at the top of the two-day com­pe­ti­tion stand­ings and mak­ing the play­offs in the T20 for­mat.

West was at a loss as to why his side hadn’t per­formed well through­out the com­pe­ti­tion but knows his squad have the po­ten­tial to make a strong run next year.

‘‘Bat­ting-wise, we’re more than ca­pa­ble of putting in those per­for­mances,’’ West said.

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