The last wicket eludes Cornwall
Cornwall’s spinners did everything but bowl their team to a first innings victory against Suburbs New Lynn in their major championship two-day club cricket clash on Saturday.
After the first day’s play was abandoned thanks to rain the previous week, Cornwall notched up 151-8 declared at Ken Maunder Park.
In reply the Suburbs New Lynn batting line-up was blown apart by spinners Fraser Diver and Ronnie Hira, who took three wickets each. But an unbeaten 31 from Ajaz Patel meant Cornwall couldn’t grab the last wicket they needed for the win, allowing Suburbs New Lynn to secure the draw after finishing at 104-9.
Another draw was played out between Eden Roskill and Waitakere City in the minor championship at Te Atatu Park.
Batting first Eden Roskill declared at 160-8, with Chris Dittmer’s 40 the top score. Bradley Steedon was the main destroyer for the visitors with 4-41, but a stalemate was reached when Waitakere could only manage 144-8 by the end of play.
And at Windsor Park play between Grafton and East Coast Bays was abandoned after just five overs because of a dangerous pitch. Scoreboards: Major championship Cornwall 151-8 declared (Jimmy Neesham 3-47) drew with Suburbs New Lynn 104-9 (Ajaz Patel 31no, Ronnie Hira 3-26, Fraser Diver 3-28).
Papatoetoe 156-5 declared (Colin Munro 43, Jack Dowd 30, Ben Stewart 4-33) lost to North Shore 162-6 (Ben Stewart 50, Terry Crabb 40no, Aniket Joshi 3-51, Bhupinder Singh 3-71) on first innings. Minor championship Eden Roskill 160-8 declared (Chris Dittmer 40) drew with Waitakere City 144-8 (Mukesh Patel 37, Bradley Steedon 4-41).