Teams chasing promotion
Waitangi Day gave cricket fans the chance to head to their local parks to see the first day’s action in round seven of the two-day premierships.
A Michael Thornely century has given Cornwall the advantage in their top-ofthe-table clash with Ellerslie at Cornwall Park. With less than five points separating the top three sides in the Tom Hellaby minor championship, every run and wicket counts for the sides challenging for promotion.
Thornely brought up his first triple-figure score of the summer, striking seven fours and two sixes in the process.
Thornely also combined with fellow opener Henry Blackwell, 69, for an imposing 173-run opening stand.
With a total of well over 300 on the cards Ellerslie’s bowlers struck back through Matt Coxon, whose three wickets took him to 40 for the season, and Matt Newman, 3/54, who now has 35 wickets for the season.
Cornwall finished the day at 289/8 and the Ellerslie batsmen will have a lot of work to do on day two, if they are to take first innings points.
A late wicket for North Shore looks to have evened things up in their match against Eden Roskill at Keith Hay Park.
Shore began the game with a slender lead at the top of the minor championship, knowing they must continue to perform well if they are to retain their spot.
As with most teams who won the toss on Friday morning, Roskill chose to bowl first and there was immediate success for John Dolan who picked up a wicket with his third delivery of the game.
Four of Shore’s top six batsmen all got starts. But Mike Olsen’s innings of 77 was the only score above 30 as the hosts were able to dismiss the visitors for 180.
Raja Sandhu was the pick of the attack claiming 3/35 from 18 overs, veteran Azhar Abbas took his seasonal tally to 43 wickets when he bagged 2/51 from 20 overs, while Dolan and Aseem Whadwa also claimed two scalps each.
Only six overs remained in the day for Roskill to bat. But opener Moshi Sultan was unable to hang on to the close as Tim Duncraft trapped him lbw, to leave the home team on 9/1 heading into day two.