Grafton have job ahead

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Grafton United have their work cut out for them this week­end af­ter an im­pres­sive un­beaten cen­tury left North Shore well placed in the first round of the Hed­ley Howarth Tro­phy.

In the white sec­tion, for­mer Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional and Auck­land player Terry Crabb set up the day for North Shore with 107 not out, well sup­ported by Beau­mont Schoe­man, 49, and Reuban Rivers-Smith, 47, for a to­tal of 265.

Grafton’s Dan Robin­son took a five-wicket bag and Zahir Ibrahim took four.

North Shore man­aged to pick up two wick­ets late in the day, leav­ing them with the up­per hand with Grafton on 142.

In the blue sec­tion Corn­wall were un­able to main­tain their suc­cess from last week and had a dis­ap­point­ing start to the two­day match on their home ground against How­ick-Paku­ranga.

How­ick-Paku­ranga’s Dono­van Grobbe­laar was the main de­stroyer, pick­ing up seven wick­ets and help­ing dis­miss Corn­wall for 123.

How­ick is poised to pass Corn­wall’s to­tal, end­ing the day on 112-4, with An­drew de Bo­order, 34, the main con­trib­u­tor.

Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie man­aged to gain a slight ad­van­tage in their game against Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park with two wick­ets late in the day swing­ing the bal­ance.

Af­ter a strong start from Eller­slie, Eden Roskill man­aged to pull the in­nings back as Vivek Trichy took a five wicket bag to go with his im­pres­sive run rate this sea­son.

Eller­slie fin­ished on 225, leav­ing Eden Roskill 203 runs be­hind on 22-2 with eight wick­ets in hand.

Matches con­tinue this Satur­day.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

On the de­fence: Corn­wall all-rounder Craig Pryor gets up on his toes to play a de­fen­sive shot watched by How­ick Paku­ranga slips Jamie Newth, left, and Luke Vi­vian on the first day of the Corn­wall and How­ick-Paku­ranga two-day club cricket match at Corn­wall Park last Satur­day.

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