Corn­wall bat their way to a solid win

Central Leader - - Sport -

Corn­wall got off to the per­fect start af­ter the open­ing round of club cricket’s twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Corn­wall shared the blue sec­tion lead af­ter de­feat­ing Grafton United by 23 runs in the club’s first match of the sea­son at Corn­wall Park.

Bat­ting first, the home side posted 141-8 with Michael Gup­till-Bunce, 47, and Ace’s spinner Ron­nie Hira, 34, pro­vid­ing the bulk of the runs.

Grafton failed to re­cover from a slow start, manag­ing just 118-4 from their 20 overs.

There was more suc­cess for Corn­wall in the af­ter­noon round of matches, claim­ing a nar- row two-run win over Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie in a rain-af­fected match.

Hira, 41no, and Gup­till-Bunce, 30, again pro­vided the runs for Corn­wall as they reached 153-6.

Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie looked in the hunt be­fore rain in­ter­rupted play, leav­ing them two runs shy at 118-2.

Grafton had more suc­cess in the sec­ond ses­sion, rack­ing up a onewicket win over Par­nell at Corn­wall Park.

While Par­nell posted a com­pet­i­tive 147-1, Craig Borich’s 57 pro­vided the back­bone to Grafton’s run chase as they reached 148-9 with one ball re­main­ing.

In the white sec­tion Eden Roskill faced some tough op­po­si­tion. De­spite 40 from the ever re­li­able Vivek Trichy, they could only man­age 1038 bat­ting first against How­ick Paku­ranga at Keith Hay Park.

They failed to take a wicket as How­ick Paku­ranga cruised to a 10 wicket win.

Taka­puna dom­i­nated Eden Roskill’s at­tack in the af­ter­noon ses­sion, scor­ing 179-5. Trichy again led the way for his team with an un­beaten 77, be­fore the side fell 13 runs short of its rainad­justed tar­get of 162, fin­ish­ing up on 149-4.

Rounds three and four are at the same grounds on Satur­day. Matches start at 11am.

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