Cornwall’s undefeated start to the season is in jeopardy after bottom of the ladder Eden Roskill reduced them to 91/7 at the close of play on day one at Keith Hay Park.
Eden Roskill went in to bat first and managed 157/9 declared with Shaneil Sharma top scoring on 47.
A fine spell of bowling from Cornwall’s Teja Nidamanuru, 3/18, instigated a collapse which saw the hosts lose their last five batsmen for just 26 runs.
Cornwall’s response started well with a quick-fire 37 from Aces batsman Michael GuptillBunce. However the tide began to turn when John Dolan dismissed Guptill-Bunce and fellow opener Michael Thornely in quick succession before Azhar Abbas took the wicket of Avinash Sharma just four balls later.
After Roskill’s attack dismissed the top order, Cornwall quickly fell to 91/7 thanks to player-coach Abbas (3/37) and Dolan (4/28.)
Cornwall will be on the back foot as play gets under way on day two this Saturday but with one of the strongest batting lineups in the game could chase down the 55 runs needs for a victory. Scoreboard: Eden Roskill 157/9 dec (S Sharma 47, A Mansale 36, T Nidamanuru 3/18) plays Cornwall 91/7 (M Guptill-Bunce 37, J Dolan 4/28, A Abbas 3/37) after day one.
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