Bay out of tennis final Fortune favours Eden Roskill
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.
Hard fought: Blockhouse Bay’s Jackson Bodle fires off a forehand during the team’s loss to Parnell in the Caro Bowl semifinals.