Horne’s runs in vain but U15 girls off to winning start
Auckland A have lost by a narrow 25-run margin against Northern A in a match where 605 runs were scored in the one-day match at Lincoln.
Meanwhile, Auckland’s Under-15 girls have beaten Wellington by two wickets in a low scoring affair at their national tournament.
Auckland A were asked to bowl first in their match and started well with Danru Ferns taking two early wickets to have the opposition 2/15.
However, three big scores from the Northern A middle order wrestled the initiative away from the Aucks.
Ferns finished with 4/60 but went at over eight an over, a tough day in the park for the Aucklanders set 316 for victory.
A mammoth chase, but the Auckland A side went about their task with gusto, a quick fire 67 from captain Graeme Beghin setting the tone, getting his side to 90/2 in the 14th over and on track.
The innings was dotted with further cameos, held together by a superb 87 from Ben Horne, his runs coming from just 76 balls including nine fours and a six.
After swatting it to all parts, Horne departed in the 38th over with the score on 235. The lower order continued to press toward the total but lost wickets at regular intervals.
A valiant effort, Auckland A falling 25 runs short, all out for 290 in the 49th over.
Meanwhile in the CRICKET EXPRESS Under-15 girls national tournament, Auckland are off to a winning start, claiming a two wicket win over Wellington.
Auckland Under-15 girls won the toss and elected to bowl first, the decision vindicated as they knocked over Wellington’s Under 15’s for 100.
The Auckland bowlers shared the spoils with Aimee Hucker, Marama Downes and Lexi Bassett all taking two wickets each.
The chase shouldn’t have held too many demons for the Auckland girls, however they lost regular wickets to bring Wellington into the contest.
Luckily Emma Irwin showed patience and poise scoring 24* to guide the side home in the 28th over.