HPCC’s Alpacas confident after day one

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Hedley Howarth Championship
Round One, Day One – East Coast Bays v Howick Pakuranga, Saturday November 3

East Coast Bays were sent in to bat by the Alpacas, and although they made a decent start to their innings, losing three wickets between 45 and 50 runs put them on the back foot. Michael Ross and ECB wicketkeeper Cole Briggs combined to pull the innings close to respectability, Ross scoring at close to a run a ball.

Once again Donavan Grobbelaar was impressive with the ball, picking up 4-31, including Briggs for 52.

Howick Pakuranga went about their first innings briskly, with an obvious desire to have East Coast batting again before the end of the day.

To that end, David Winn found himself one run short of 50 when the innings was declared. Grobbelaar came in at six and hit 29 off 20 balls, Sam Borland hit 14 off ten.

Howick Pakuranga then declared 33 runs ahead of East coast Bays with four wickets in hand and five overs to pick up a wicket.

That wasn’t to be, the East Coast Bays openers, negotiating the first overs of their second innings successfully, and going into day two six without loss.

Bill Walsh said he is very pleased to have gained 10 vital first innings points. “The match is set up for an exciting second day.”

East Coast Bays 164 (C Briggs 52, M Ross 32, T van Ingen-Kal 28; D Grobbelaar 4-31, R Botadra 3-55) and 6/0 lost first innings to Howick Pakuranga 197/6 dec. (D Winn 49*, D Phillips 47, D Grobbelaar 29; L Delport 3-76, B Smith 2-52)