Grafton cricket produce upset
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.