Eden Roskill wins after close call

Central Leader - - SPORT -

It was a see-saw af­fair at Keith Hay Park at the week­end as Eden Roskill came back to beat Grafton United in a re­verse out­right vic­tory.

After some in­cred­i­ble bowl­ing from Grafton’s Parth Pa­tel (6/17), Eden Roskill looked to be on the back foot rack­ing up only 124 runs in the first in­nings of the Tom Hellaby Trophy two-day match.

In re­ply Alan Bur­ton struck his third con­sec­u­tive two-day cen­tury to lead his side to 182/3 when the vis­i­tors de­cided to de­clare.

Pa­tel caused prob­lems for Eden Roskill once again in the sec­ond in­nings tak­ing 5/53 as the hosts were dis­missed for 169.

Need­ing only 112 for an out­right vic­tory Grafton looked poised for vic­tory,

Eden Roskill had other plans as Azhar Ab­bas and Brett Ran­dall dec­i­mated the top or­der bowl­ing Grafton out just four runs short of the tar­get.

Corn­wall fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of an out­right vic­tory in the bat­tle of the top two sides in the Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship with a com­fort­able first in­nings vic­tory over North Shore at Corn­wall Park.

The vis­i­tors notched up 170 when they bat­ted first on day one. De­spite los­ing reg­u­lar wick­ets in re­ply, Corn­wall’s pow­er­ful bat­ting line-up proved to be strong again as the hosts reached 234/9 – a lead of 64 runs – be­fore declar­ing their in­nings.

Shore’s sec­ond dig didn’t go to plan ei­ther.

They were bowled out for just 89 thanks in no small part to Shas­tryn Nair who re­turned the im­pres­sive fig­ures of 4/19.

Corn­wall needed just 26 runs to se­cure the out­right win but they would ul­ti­mately fall short on 12/1 as time ran out on Sun­day.

How­ever the first in­nings win was enough to see Corn­wall claim pos­ses­sion of the lead at the top of the Tom Hellaby Trophy lad­der.

Corn­wall will take on Eden Roskill this week­end at Keith Hay Park.

Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK

Steam­ing in: Grafton’s Gar­rick Suther­land ready to un­leash a quick de­liv­ery. 41, P Pa­tel 5/53) de­feated New World Vic­to­ria Park Grafton United 182/3 dec (A Bur­ton 114, D Peris 61) 107 (A Ab­bas 7/39, B Ran­dell 3/37) re­verse out­right. North Shore 170 & 89 (S Nair 4/19) lost to Corn­wall 234/9 dec & 12/1 on first in­nings.

Given out: Grafton cel­e­brate as Eden Roskill’s Navi Deol walks off after be­ing dis­missed.

Got him: Grafton’s Sam Rip­ping­ton cel­e­brates a wicket.

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