Match bouncing back in Waitakere's favour

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 10:11 12/02/2013

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Cricket tragics could not ask for more, with fine weather and plenty of wickets falling in the two-dayer Tom Hellaby Trophy competition.

Ellerslie played hosts to Waitakere on day one at Michaels Ave on Saturday and the bowlers stole the show with 22 wickets falling.

Waitakere started with the ball and made it count, leaving Ellerslie all out for 117 in the 42nd over.

Captain Scott Curtis grabbed a five-wicket bag for 34 runs in the process.

It was looking good for the visitors until the openers collapsed and the field took six catches to leave Waitakere on a dismal 95 all out after just 34 overs.

Praneel Hira ran out of partners and was unbeaten on 28.

The match continued to bounce back in Waitakere's favour as Ellerslie closed the day with 2/51 at stumps for a lead of 73.

In the Hedley Howarth Trophy the race is heating up for finals placings as East Coast Bays and Suburbs New Lynn got down to business on day one at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Missing top batsmen Michael Barry and Michael Bates to the Auckland Aces, Suburbs were desperate to back up their incredible come-from-behind win over Howick on Waitangi Day.

Bays got to work with the willow posting 161 all out from 65 overs.

Cameron Fletcher posted 47 for the home side, but it was Sean Solia who ripped through the lineup with figures of 4/50.

Suburbs finished the first day on 2/74 with Auckland under-19 opener Sachin Variath following up his recent century and half-century with 39 not out.

Suburbs player-coach Darren Eckford says his side are in a good position to take the match.

"We probably would have batted first if we'd won the toss. It wasn't too bad losing Michael Barry as we had a like-for-like replacement with Reece Young coming back in and taking three catches."

Day two, 11am Saturday.

RESULTS: Ellerslie 117 (M Newman 33, S Curtis 5/34) and 2/51 (S Kearns 34 no) plays Waitakere City 95 (M Newman 5/55) after day one. East Coast Bays 161 (C Fletcher 47, B Schmulian 32, S Solia 4/50) plays Suburbs New Lynn 2/74 (S Variath 39 no) after day one.

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