Teams chas­ing pro­mo­tion

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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.

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