Cap­tain shines with the bat and ball

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

It was a true cap­tain’s knock from Corn­wall’s Craig Pryor as he led his side into the Jeff Crowe Cup quar­ter-fi­nals with a blaz­ing un­beaten 137 against Pa­p­a­toe­toe on Sun­day.

The for­mer Auck­land player also starred with the ball, tak­ing 3-50, as Pa­p­a­toe­toe com­piled a com­pet­i­tive 246 dur­ing their play­off match at Corn­wall Park.

But Pryor’s hero­ics, along with a valu­able 52 from Sam An­der­son, en­sured it would be the most comfortable of wins for Corn­wall, as they cruised to a nine-wicket victory.

In what was a good week­end for Corn­wall, the club also moved to the top of the White Sec­tion in the Hed­ley Howarth Tro­phy two-day com­pe­ti­tion, thanks to a first in­nings win against East Coast Bays at Corn­wall Park.

An im­pres­sive late spell of bowl­ing from Pryor, 3-9, saw the vis­i­tors fall 24 runs shy of their tar­get, be­fore Corn­wall bat­ted again, com­pil­ing bonus points, with an un­lucky An­der­son dis­missed for 94.

Mean­while, in the Blue Sec­tion Tom Hen­der­son’s 6-83 against Pa­p­a­toe­toe en­sured Eden Roskill a first in­nings victory and a place in the top three at Pa­p­a­toe­toe Rec.

Pa­p­a­toe­toe got their run chase off to a great start with Sar­va­jith DR, 96no, be­fore Hen­der­son reg­u­larly re­moved bats­men at the other end, re­duc­ing them to 231 in re­ply to Eden Roskill’s 295.

Vivek Trichy, 64, Azhar Ab­bas, 64, and Scott El­lis, 50no, helped Eden Roskill pile on the bat­ting bonus points as they dom­i­nated day two.

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Grafton they con­tin­ued what’s been a dif­fi­cult sea­son, suf­fer­ing a first in­nings loss to How­ick Paku­ranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

In re­ply to How­ick’s first in­nings of 312, the vis­i­tors could only man­age 159.

The home side con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate dur­ing their sec­ond turn at bat with a dom­i­nant 231-0 to fin­ish off the match. Score­boards: Jeff Crowe Cup – Pa­p­a­toe­toe 246 (Shane Singe 60, Gareth Shaw 55, Lance Shaw 40, Craig Pryor 3-50) lost to Corn­wall 247-1 (Craig Pryor 137no, Sam An­der­son 52) by nine wick­ets.

Hed­ley Howarth Tro­phy: Corn­wall 254 (Michael Gup­til­lBunce 78, Dave Brown 41, James McCully 4-40, Brad Sch­mu­lian 3-72) and 200-4 (Sam An­der­son 94, Craig Pryor 35no, James McCully 3-63) de­feated East Coast Bays 230 (David Wigley 51, Matt Mim­mack 43, Craig Pryor 3-9) on first in­nings.

Eden Roskill 295 (Brad Stad­don 50, San­jay Pa­tel 43, Azhar Ab­bas 39, Chris Dittmer 37, Jack Dowd 5-66, Eam­mon O’Brien 4-68) and 260-8 (Vivek Trichy 64, Azhar Ab­bas 64, Scott El­lis 50no, Brad Stad­don 35, Jack Dowd 4-81) de­feated Pa­p­a­toe­toe 231 (Sar­va­jith DR 96no, Tom Hen­der­son 6-83) on first in­nings.

How­ick Paku­ranga 312 (Mark Craig 81, Michael Davis 69, Jamie Newth 37, Reza Fuard 33, Dono­van Grobbe­laar 33, Joe Leach 31, Zahir Abrahim 4-74, Sri Ra­jasekar 3-32) and 2310 (Reza Fuard 118no, Jamie Newth 99no) de­feated Grafton United 159 (Jay Chan­drathi­lake 50no, Dono­van Grobbe­laar 5-56, Jor­dan Drinkall 3-26) on first in­nings. A stun­ning 4-0 de­feat of pre­vi­ous leaders Waitakere United by Can­ter­bury United has al­lowed reign­ing New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship ti­tle-hold­ers Auck­land City to re­claim the com­pe­ti­tion’s top spot.

The Cantabri­ans, them­selves vic­tims of a drub­bing by the same score­line a week ago, caught an un­der­strength Waitakere on the hop, while City were too good for Otago, com­ing away with a 5-0 win.

The huge win for Auck­land, along with Waitakere’s heavy loss, wiped out any ad­van­tage the west Auck­lan­ders had pre­vi­ously en­joyed in terms of goal dif­fer­ence.

But it wasn’t all plain sail­ing for City, with all the scor­ing com­ing in the sec­ond half.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons had en­joyed the bet­ter of the first spell without con­vert­ing any of their nu­mer­ous chances.

How­ever once Matt Wil­liams struck the open­ing goal seven min­utes af­ter half­time, Otago were al­ways go­ing to strug­gle.

Their re­sis­tance was fur­ther sapped by the un­for­giv­ing hu­mid­ity at City’s home base Ki­witea St.

Four goals in the fi­nal 15 min­utes was the out­come of this com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors, with Daniel Ko­priv­cic, Grant Young, Paul Urlovic – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Vicelich all chim­ing in to fire City back to the NZFC lead.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons have two games in hand, a vastly su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence to Waitakere, and a four­point ad­van­tage over third­placed Team Welling­ton, who they host at Ki­witea St on Sun­day from 2pm.

Cap­tain leads way: Craig Pryor hit 137 not out for his Corn­wall side.

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