Waitak's bats in total control

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 07:34 26/02/2013

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Waitakere took total control on the first day of their Tom Hellaby two-dayer against North Shore at Te Atatu Park on Saturday.

Waitakere are continuing their form after a resounding victory over Ellerslie last weekend, which included Robert Evans-Moore taking an astounding nine wickets for 64 runs.

The hosts went to work with the willow notching up an intimidating 9/332 at stumps in the finest batting display the West Aucklanders have put on this season.

Blayne Fraser was the star for Waitakere with an undefeated 143 runs from a mammoth 251 balls faced.

An impressive 89 runs from Aaron Jeavons, before being caught lbw, also helped tighten Waitakere's stranglehold over second-placed North Shore.

"To bat for the full 98 overs is pretty rare for us and the wicket is very good," Jeavons says.

"Blayne Fraser set us up for the day. He has shown a lot of fitness, concentration and mental toughness to bat the way he did.

"The plan is to not get too far ahead of ourselves. We certainly want to get North Shore all out in the first innings."

In the Hedley Howarth Trophy second-placed Parnell and fourth-placed Suburbs New Lynn are battling away at Shore Rd.

Defending champs Suburbs reached 272 all out after 74 overs on Saturday, off to a shaky start with ducks to Sachin Variath and Max Montgomery. But middle order batsmen Victor Davies and Tom Cullen got to work to salvage the innings with 67 and 91 respectively.

The game sits on a knife edge with Parnell reaching 1/73 after 21 overs.

Both Waitakere and Suburbs return to play at 11am this Saturday.

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