Corn­wall pres­sured

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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.

Reach­ing out: Auck­land Gram­mar’s Shaun Steven­son dives for the line un­der pres­sure from Kel­ston’s Bray­den Brown.

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