Cornwall dominates play to keep the top spot
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).
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.