Bats­men win it for Grafton

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An im­pres­sive bat­ting per­for­mance has seen Grafton United rack up their first win in the Jeff Crowe Cup one-day com­pe­ti­tion.

Chas­ing Eden Roskill’s 236-9, star per­for­mances from Sri Ra­jasekar, 74, and Matt Wouldes, 77, helped Grafton claim the win in the 48th over with six wick­ets to spare at Keith Hay Park on Satur­day.

Grafton sur­vived some early wob­bles as Eden Roskill put down three catches in the open­ing overs, but didn’t fal­ter again on their way to victory.

Ear­lier in the day, in-form Eden Roskill bats­man Brad Stad­don made 82.

Mean­while, Corn­wall suf­fered an ag­o­nis­ing one-wicket loss to How­ick Paku­ranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

The vis­i­tors would have fan­cied their chances af­ter Brent Find­lay, 73no, cap­tain Craig Pryor, 63, and legspin­ner Tarun Nethula, 41, all con­trib­uted to a use­ful to­tal of 249-7.

But a su­perb un­beaten 134 from Andy de Bo­order, who hit six sixes and seven fours, proved to be the match-winning in­nings as he led How­ick’s run chase from start to fin­ish.

A use­ful 36 by Michael Davis helped de Bo­order get How­ick home and se­cure the win on the last ball of the 49th over.

Next Satur­day Corn­wall host Sub­urbs New Lynn at Corn­wall Park, Grafton United face How­ick Paku­ranga at Vic­to­ria Park and Eden Roskill clash with Taka­puna at Onewa Do­main.

Score­boards: Eden Roskill 236-9 (Brad Stad­don 82, Ankur Pa­tel 31, Farhan Mirza 3-26) lost to Grafton United 237-4 (Matt Wouldes 77, Sri Ra­jasekar 74, Craig Borich 37) by six wick­ets.

Corn­wall 249-7 (Brent Find­lay 73no, Craig Pryor 63, Tarun Nethula 41) lost to How­ick Paku­ranga 250-9 (Andy de Bo­order 134no, Michael Davis 36, Sam An­der­son 3-30) by one wicket. Points ta­ble af­ter round 2: White Sec­tion: Sub­urbs New Lynn 6, How­ick Paku­ranga 6, Corn­wall 3, Grafton United 3, Eden Roskill 0, Taka­puna 0.

Blue Sec­tion: Par­nell 6, Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie 6, East Coast Bays 3, Pa­p­a­toe­toe 3, North Shore 0, Waitakere City 0.

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