Corn­wall still un­beaten

Central Leader - - Sport -

Corn­wall main­tained their im­pres­sive start in the Jeff Crowe Cup one-day cricket com­pe­ti­tion with a nar­row win against Taka­puna on Satur­day.

Aces opener Paul Hitch­cock was able to pro­vide Taka­puna with a suc­cess­ful start to the match at Onewa Do­main, scor­ing 31.

But Corn­wall pace bowler Craig Pryor ripped through the Taka­puna line-up tak­ing 4-14, while Paul Thomas cap­tured 3-25, re­strict­ing the home side to 158-9.

The vis­i­tors made tough work of reach­ing the mea­gre tar­get, even­tu­ally reach­ing 159-8 thanks to spin­ners Ron­nie Hira, 42, and Taran Nethula, 31.

Corn­wall’s un­beaten start to the com­pe­ti­tion means they lead the white sec­tion af­ter two rounds.

Mean­while, Grafton de­feated East Coast Bays at Wind­sor Park, af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

DR Jith held the Grafton in­nings to­gether with an un­beaten 60 in his side’s to­tal of 166.

How­ever Jith’s ef­forts weren’t in vain, as Grant Thorpe and Zahir Abrahim picked up three wick­ets each, bowl­ing out East Coast Bays for 139.

In the blue sec­tion Eden Roskill couldn’t con­tain a dom­i­nant Par­nell out­fit at Keith Hay Park.

Vivek Trichy car­ried on his fine early sea­son form, top scor­ing with 41 in Eden Roskill’s 168.

The vis­i­tors didn’t have it all their own way, los­ing four wick­ets on their way to 169.

But Mark Turner, 54no, and Doug Winger, 41no, showed their class and com­po­sure in guid­ing Par­nell home with a solid fifth wicket part­ner­ship.

Next week in the white sec­tion Grafton host North Shore at Vic­to­ria Park and Corn­wall face East Coast Bays at Corn­wall Park.

And in the blue sec­tion Eden Roskill visit Pa­p­a­toe­toe at the Pa­p­a­toe­toe Recre­ation Ground.

All the matches will start at 11am.

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