Grafton High enters new territory
GRAFTON High’s open cricket side has a chance to enter schooling folklore after progressing to the final eight of the CHS Knockout competition.
Thursday’s triumph against Duval High in Armidale means the side is now among the best eight school lineups in the state.
Grafton High earned a mouth-watering away clash with Sydney heavyweight Homebush Boys High.
On Thursday a breath-taking spell of fast bowling from Jason Limbert (5-25) was the difference between a large chase and a reasonable target.
The opening quick tore through the tail to snare 4-1 in one spell, reducing Duval from a solid position to 171 all out.
Luke Shipman (2-28), Brenden Cotten (2-33) and Jake Frame (1-31) chipped in while Kieran Law pouched a brilliant one-handed catch in the midst of some match-turning bowling.
In reply, skipper Lewis Chevalley (46) and Shannon Connor (54) combined for an outstanding 107-run opening stand before four wickets fell while trying to up the tempo.
Ben Loveday (12), Frame (25 not out) and Shipman (18 not out) knocked off the runs with two overs to spare.