Corn­wall dom­i­nates play to keep the top spot

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

The home side dom­i­nated their op­po­nents at Corn­wall Park once again on Satur­day in the Howarth Tro­phy two-day cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

It was North Shore’s turn to suf­fer as Corn­wall dis­missed the vis­i­tors for just 109, with spin­ner Fraser Diver tak­ing 421.

English pro­fes­sional Chris Nash dom­i­nated Shore’s bowl­ing at­tack with a score of 79, al­low­ing the reign­ing two-day champs to eas­ily pick up first in­nings points.

Af­ter post­ing 207-6 by stumps, Corn­wall will be push­ing for an out­right vic­tory next week to con­firm their spot at the top of the white sec­tion.

Grafton also tasted suc­cess af­ter dis­miss­ing sec­tion lead­ers Sub­urbs New Lynn for just 145 on the first day of their match at Vic­to­ria Park.

The home team had bowlers Darrin Crook (5-63) and Dan Robin­son (4-35) to thank for re­strict­ing Sub­urbs New Lynn to their mea­gre to­tal.

With just 15 runs needed for first in­nings points, Grafton will be keen to push on next week and im­prove their chances of qual­i­fy­ing for the top six.

Mean­while at Keith Hay Park Eden Roskill suf­fered at the hands of Waitakere bats­man Anaru Kitchen, who scored 138 off as many balls in­clud­ing 22 fours.

He shared in a 196 run part­ner­ship with Auck­land Ace Kee­ley Todd (79) to leave the home team chas­ing 292 for first in­nings points.

While Eden Roskill play­er­coach Azza Ab­bas had a good day with the ball, tak­ing 5-99, his side could not push on with the bat af­ter strug­gling their way to 133-6.

Vivek Trichy 54 and Anand Mitha 54 made use­ful con­tri­bu­tions for the home team, but with both men back in the pavil­ion, Eden Roskill face a dif­fi­cult task on the sec­ond day of the match next week. White sec­tion: Par­nell 206 (Mark Turner 75, Dave Houpapa 67, Vi­jay Soma 4-41, Greg John­son 3-63, Ian Small­burn 3-64) play­ing Taka­puna 80-6 (Gareth Ir­win 4-24).

How­ick Paku­ranga 364-5 decl (Luke Vi­vian 149, Colin de Grand­homme 89, Dono­van Grobbelaar 64no) play­ing East Coast Bays 34-6 (Andy McKay 6-8).

North Shore 109 (Fraser Diver 4-21) play­ing Corn­wall 207-6 (Chris Nash 79, Hamish McCarthy 36, Steve Dow 3-44) Blue sec­tion: Pa­p­a­toe­toe 217 (Gareth Shaw 69, Shane Singe 58, Travis Buck­ley 5-56, Kris Baker 3-32) play­ing Univer­sity/Eller­slie 668 (Gareth Shaw 6-29).

Waitakere City 292 (Anaru Kitchen 138, Kee­ley Todd 79, Nigel Collins 43, Azza Ab­bas 599) play­ing Eden Roskill 133-6 (Vivek Trichy 54, Anand Mitha 54, Kee­ley Todd 4-38).

Sub­urbs New Lynn 145 (James Nolen 32, Michael Bates 31, Darrin Crook 5-63, Dan Robin­son 4-35) play­ing Grafton United 131-4 (James Mal­loy 36).

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Pil­ing on the runs: The score­board stands out in the gloom as Corn­wall bats­man Ra­jiv Sharma clips the ball away against North Shore at Corn­wall Park on Satur­day.

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