Bay out of ten­nis fi­nal For­tune favours Eden Roskill

Central Leader - - Sport -

De­spite fight­ing hard to make the Caro Bowl club ten­nis semi­fi­nals, Blockhouse Bay couldn’t over­come reign­ing champs Par­nell for a place in Fri­day night’s fi­nal.

Par­nell scored a 5-1 win over Blockhouse Bay, with only for­mer Davis Cup player Steve Downs los­ing in three sets to the Bay’s Marc Paulik.

In the other semi­fi­nal West End qual­i­fied on a set count­back 7-6 against Camp­bell Park af­ter both teams won three matches each.

The dou­bles matches were shared with for­mer Davis Cup duo Alis­tair Hunt and James Green­halgh winning for West End, while Mark Nielsen and Wes­ley Whitehouse lost to Gus­tavo Gomez and Mar­i­ano Pet­ti­grosso.

In the sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion Gomez con­tin­ued his good run of re­sults with a win over Adam Thomp­son but Hunt and Teo Sus­n­jak came back to gain the up­per hand for West End with straight set wins.

Mean­while, in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, top seeds Royal Oak de­feated Re­muera 4-2 in their semi­fi­nal. They started badly, drop­ping both dou­bles matches be­fore clean­ing up all four sin­gles en­coun­ters in straight sets.

Royal Oak have lost the fi­nals sev­eral times to Par­nell over the past few years and will be de­ter­mined to fi­nally claim the ti­tle.

The fi­nals take place this Fri­day from 6pm, with Royal Oak host­ing Par­nell in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion and West End vis­it­ing Par­nell in the men’s fi­nal. A great per­for­mance with bat and ball from the Eden Roskill cricket team turned a first in­nings de­feat into an out­right win against Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie on Satur­day.

An ex­cel­lent 74 by Vivek Trichy and a use­ful 46 from Brad Stad­don steered Eden Roskill through to 219 in their sec­ond in­nings of the Hed­ley Howarth Tro­phy two­day com­pe­ti­tion match.

Faced with a tar­get of 180 to win out­right, Uni­ver­sity Eller­slie never looked like claim­ing victory. John Dolan’s 4-29 and Azhar Ab­bas’ 3-29 sent the home side pack­ing for just 93.

Mean­while Grafton United’s sec­ond in­nings against Waitakere City couldn’t have been more dif­fer­ent from their first at Vic­to­ria Park. The home side scored 317-6 de­clared, af­ter be­ing bowled out for 97 on day one.

But the re­sult wasn’t enough to stop Grafton los­ing the match on the first in­nings, thanks to Waitakere’s 167.

Corn­wall also couldn’t push on be­yond a first in­nings victory against Sub­urbs New Lynn at Ken Maun­der Park. Re­sum­ing on 143-3, 35 runs ahead, Corn­wall pressed on to de­clare at 237-9 be­fore Sub­urbs stub­bornly dug in to fin­ish the match at 207-5.

Mean­while in Jeff Crowe Cup matches played on Sun­day, rain played a ma­jor part.

Corn­wall’s match against Taka­puna was re­duced to 33 overs at Corn­wall Park, with the home side winning by 110 runs.

For­mer Auck­land player Craig Pryor led the way with 66 as Corn­wall reached 188-6.

In re­ply Taka­puna could only man­age 78-9, with spinner Ron­nie Hira the best of the bowlers, tak­ing 3-25.

It was a case of close, but not close enough for Grafton United dur­ing their 36-over match against the un­beaten Sub­urbs New Lynn at Vic­to­ria Park.

Sent into bat, the vis­i­tors com­piled 155-9 af­ter Jeet Raval posted an im­pres­sive 57.

An­drew Fuller­ton-Smith, 51, and Jay Chan­drathi­lake, 42, couldn’t quite get Grafton over the line as they reached 146-6, a mere 9 runs short of victory.

Eden Roskill’s match against How­ick Paku­ranga was aban­doned due to the weather.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Hard fought: Blockhouse Bay’s Jack­son Bo­dle fires off a fore­hand dur­ing the team’s loss to Par­nell in the Caro Bowl semi­fi­nals.

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