Downpours see match stopped
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.
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.