Auckland U15 girls impress at Cricket Express Nationals

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9 January 2017

Round One

Wellington 100 all out (Xara Jetley 18, Sarah Codyre 10*, Amie Hucker 2/5, Marama Downes 2/14, Lexi Bassett 2/21) lost to Auckland 102 for 8 (Emma Irwin 24*, Emily Thurman 13, Emily Handyside 12, Natasha Codyre 3/18, Xara Jetly 2/17) by 2 wickets

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A nail biting finish in a low scoring affair culminated in a 2 wicket win to Auckland.

Auckland’s opening bowlers reduced Wellington to 17 for 5 in the 5th over through a superb display of tight bowling. Xara Jetley (18) and Sarah Codyre (10* off 43 balls) provided some slight resistance to get Wellington to 100. Amie Hucker (2/5 off 6), Marama Downes (2/14 off 6) and Lexi Bassett (2/21 off 6) were the key bowlers.

In reply Auckland lost regular wickets throughout the small chase. Some good bowling from Wellingtons Natasha Codyre and Xara Jetley had Auckland in a spot of bother at 40 for 4. Emma Irwin came to the crease at this point and batted excellently under pressure, scoring 24 runs from 63 balls. As wickets continued to fall around her she provided some much needed stability, scoring the winning runs with Auckland 8 down.


10 January 2017

Round Two

Otago 85 all out (Olivia Gain 26, Amie Hucker 4/12, Marama Downes 2/8, Zara Smith 2/9, Emily Thurman 2/10) lost to Auckland 86/3 (Gemma Adams 35*, Amie Hucker 13*, Joy Dvaracek 2/26) by 7 wickets

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Another superb bowling display from Auckland lead to a 7 wicket victory over Otago in Whanganui.

Opener Olivia Gain (26) batted well for Otago. However, she had to watch from the non-strikers end as five other batters were dismissed. When she fell Otago were 76-6. The last four wickets fell for just 9 runs as Otago were dismissed for 85. Amie Hucker was the pick of the bowlers picking up outstanding figures of 4 for 12 off 4 overs. Marama Downes, Zara Smith and Emily Thurman each finished on two wickets.

While Auckland struggled to chase down a small total in round one they did not repeat their mistake in round two. Gemma Adams batted superbly scoring 35* from just 33 balls. Amie Hucker (13*) and Emily Thurman (11) also chipped in to win the game in just the 13th over.


Round Three

Auckland 136 all out (Amie Hucker 50*, Emma Irwin 19, Olivia Clark 3/10, Rosie McGregor 3/18) won against NZ Invitational U15 Girls 109 all out (Olivia Clark 29, Emily Thurman 3/26, Marana Downes 2/8, Emma Irwin 2/12, Amie Hucker 2/13) by 27 runs

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Yet another impressive performance from Amie Hucker carries Auckland to their third win in three games.

Rosie McGregor (3/18) and Olivia Clark (3/10) took consistent wickets throughout Auckland’s innings but Amie Hucker, coming in at with the score at 48 for 5, stood tall throughout the onslaught. Hucker finished on 50* off 59 deliveries, getting Auckland to a respectable total of 136 before she ran out of partners in the final over. Emma Irwin (19) and Marama Downes (13) also put in contributions with the bat.

The total proved too big for the Invitational XI to chase. Olivia Clark (29) provided some resistance, guiding her team to 86 at the 19th over. However when she was dismissed the Auckland bowlers pounced cleaning up the last four wickets for just 22 runs. Spinner Emily Thurman was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/26.


11 January 2017

Round Four

Central Districts 59 all out (Jessie Hollard 12, Elizabeth Cohr 10, Amie Hucker 3/13, Marama Downes 2/7) lost to Auckland 61/5 (Emma Irwin 16, Gemma Adams 12, Emily Thurman 11, Cate Pederson 3/6) by 5 wickets

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Auckland win against last year’s champions to remain undefeated.

Having to bowl to the in form Central Districts batters was a daunting prospect for Auckland. After three games CD had four players in the tournaments top 10 run scorers. However, when Amie Hucker and Marama Downes reduced CD to 14 for 5 after 6.2 overs, including the wickets of all four in form batters, things looked much brighter. CD were never able to recover being bowled out for 59 by another brilliant bowling display from the Aucklanders. Hucker again producing outstanding figures of 3/13 off 5.5 overs. Marama Downes also contributed with 2/7 off 4 overs.

Opener Emma Irwin made it her job to bat time knowing CDs only chance was to bowl out the Aucklanders quickly. Her defensive style of batting may have only produced 13 runs off 65 balls, and she fell just before the match was won, but it kept CD out of the match. Other small, but important, contributions from Emily Thurman (11) and Gemma Adams (12) secured the win. Cate Pederson bowled excellently for CD to finish with figures of 3/6 off 5.2 over, including 4 maidens.


Round Five

Northern Districts 103/5 (Holly Topp 37, Emma Baker 15, Emma Irwin 2/12, Emily Thurman 2/14) lost to Auckland 107/6 (Sam Petherick 20, Emma Irwin 19, Anna Browning 15, Georgina Harris 2/11, Emma Baker 2/18) by 4 wickets

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Auckland come out on top over a fighting Northern Districts side.

ND Opener Holly Topp (37) and her fellow batters showed intent with the bat, digging in to be the first team to complete their 30 overs against the Auckland bowling attack. In doing so they were only able to put 103 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets. Emma Irwin (2/12) and Emily Thurman (2/14) were the pick of the bowlers. Together they bowled 12 overs going for a miserly 26 runs.

In reply Auckland openers Sam Petherick (20) and Emma Irwin (19) got off to a great start with a 50 run partnership. When both openers fell Auckland required 44 runs from 11 overs. ND bowlers Emma Baker (2/18) and Georgina Harris (2/11) took regular wickets making life difficult for the batters. However, in the end 103 was not enough. Auckland reaching the total after 27.4 overs with four wickets remaining.


12 January 2017


Central Districts 39 all out (Saffron Wilson 12, Zara Smith 3/14, Emily Thurman 2/0, Emma Irwin 2/0, Lexy Bassett 2/11) lost to Auckland 40/3 (Sam Petherick 13*, Cate Pederson 3/5) by 7 wickets

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Auckland have claimed the national title with a resounding win over the defending champions.

The Auckland attack proved yesterday morning’s efforts against CD’s in form batters was no fluke, taking all 10 wickets for just 39 runs. This time it was Zara Smith leading the charge with figures of 3/14 from her 4 overs. Emily Thurman (2/0), Emma Irwin (2/0) and Lexy Bassett (2/11) also contributed with two wickets a piece.

It would have taken something remarkable to deny this Auckland side. Cate Pederson (3/5), the tournament’s top wicket taker, produced an excellent spell but no other bowlers were able to take any wickets. Sam Petherick (13*) inevitably scored the winning runs to seal the final with Auckland three down.

Auckland have now won the U21 and U15 girls national tournaments during the 2016/17 season. The amount of talent coming from these squads is bound to have the selectors of the Auckland Hearts excited for the future.