Down­pours see match stopped

Central Leader - - SPORT -

Day two of the Tom Hellaby match be­tween Grafton United and Corn­wall at Vic­to­ria Park was aban­doned with­out a ball be­ing bowled.

The vis­i­tors looked to be in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion af­ter day one when they amassed 387/6, but the heavy down­pours on Satur­day morn­ing put paid to the rest of the game.

Corn­wall now sit third on the mi­nor cham­pi­onship lad­der, six points be­hind lead­ers North Shore, while Grafton re­main rooted to the foot of the ta­ble.

Corn­wall did get to play some cricket on Sun­day as they stormed into the semi­fi­nals of the Jeff Crowe Cup with a 94-run victory over East Coast Bays at Corn­wall Park.

Back in the two-day for­mat, Waitakere City fell short of Eden Roskill’s daunt­ing to­tal of 319 on the sec­ond day of their match at Te Atatu Park, de­spite Anaru Kitchen’s best ef­forts.

City be­gan the day on 30/1 but quickly fell to 52/3 as Brett Ran­dell struck two early blows.

Aces bats­man Kitchen started to rebuild the innings along­side opener Michael Bing.

The duo took the score to 199 be­fore Kitchen was dis­missed just two runs shy of a de­served cen­tury af­ter strik­ing five sixes and six fours.

Eden Roskill player-coach Azhar Ab­bas then took the ball and ran through the lower or­der on his way to his third wicket haul of the sea­son.

Roskill skip­per Ran­dell backed up his coach’s ef­forts claim­ing 3/64 as the hosts were bowled out for 270, the vis­i­tors pick­ing up their third first innings win of the sea­son.

In sec­ondary school cricket Auck­land Gram­mar won their first match of the sea­son against Taka­puna Gram­mar on Satur­day. Af­ter a rain-de­layed morn­ing the Taka­puna bats­men could only man­age 58 on a tough wicket. Auck­land Gram­mar reached the tar­get in the 30th over, se­cur­ing a win with two wickets in hand.

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Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK

Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity: Corn­wall play­ers work on dry­ing out the pitch with a leaf blower. Their match against Grafton had to be called off.

Oompa Loom­pas: Pro­duc­tion at the choco­late fac­tory stopped over the week­end so the work­ers could at­tend the NRL Nines.

Battle scares: Nathan Friend shows the signs of a tough match against the Ti­tans.

Team talk: The Auck­land Gram­mar side cel­e­brate an­other wicket.

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