26 Jun, Sunday

U19 Women: Parents on Tour

Club Cricket

U19 Women: Parents on Tour

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

DAY SIX – Auckland vs. Central Districts

Auckland’s final match up for the week was a T20 against Central Districts on Bert Sutcliffe Oval, giving our side an opportunity to avenge an earlier loss. 

Batting first, Auckland were put under pressure from the outset with an attacking field setting restricting the run-rate. It didn’t help matters when Auckland lost two wickets in the first two overs. Opener Anna Browning (14) attempted to stage a recovery with Prue Catton but also fell early in the innings. Catton was joined by Izzy Gaze but when she too was dismissed Auckland found themselves in further trouble at 4/49. 

Emily Thurman (31* from 28) entered the fray and together with Catton (40 from 41) started to spread the CD field. The pair brought some respectability to the score, Auckland finishing at 5/106 from their 20. 

For CD, openers Ocean-Jade Bartlett (54*) and Scoular (25) started positively until a courageous piece of fielding from sweeper Lexi Bassett prevented a boundary. The CD pair took on Bassett’s arm but in attempting to run three Izzy Gaze gathered in the outstanding throw and completed the run-out of Scoular. 

From there Auckland needed to find a wicket-taker amongst their bowling stock if they were to pressure CD further. Auckland used 7 bowlers during the search but none overly troubled CD, who completed the task two down in the 15th over.

The win secured the inaugural U19 Women’s trophy for CD. 

DAY FIVE – Auckland vs. Central Districts and Otago

Auckland’s T20 campaign commenced Sunday morning against a strong Central Districts line up. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Auckland’s intent was clear from the outset. 

The innings commenced at a rate of five an over but losing wickets at regular intervals meant the inning never really gained the momentum needed to post a strong total. Double-figure contributions came from opener Sam Petherick (19), first-drop Amie Hucker (15) and Emily Handyside (15). 

While Prue Catton’s middle order contribution of 25* from 25 balls was the best individual performance, Auckland’s total of 102/6 put pressure on the bowlers to perform again. 

Auckland opened with off-spinner Emily Thurman (1/12) who set the standard from the outset. Emma Irwin (1/18) bowled wicket to wicket again putting the pressure on through the middle overs. 

Though Auckland‘s first wicket didn’t come until CD had made 44 runs, the bowlers kept tightening the screws in an attempt to defend the modest total.

Good bowling changes helped as Auckland were sharp in the field. Wickets from Petherick (2/21) and Lexi Bassett (2/17) meant CD always had new players at the crease and, in a carbon copy of Aucklands effort, struggled to break the shackles. 
102, however, was always going to be tough to defend and CD crossed the line with five wickets in hand and seven balls to spare. 

The afternoon saw a rematch against Otago on Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Auckland were asked to bowl on this occasion, applying pressure in the field from the start. Run-outs were the order of the day and, in all, 4 Otago batsmen perished this way courtesy of sharp fielding in the inner circle and throws fired in to wicketkeeper Izzy Gaze. 

Otago found themselves on the back foor at 3/18 in the fourth over. Revivals produced two 30-plus middle-order partnerships but constantly good bowling spells meant the innings never really got going. Auckland’s best bowling came from left-arm medium-pacer Jess Barker (3/9) and Thurman (2/16). Otago struggled through to 106 all out in the final over. 

While Auckland searched to find a rock to build on in the earlier game, they found one in the afternoon in Hucker. Ably assisted by openers Anna Browning (16) and Petherick (17), she went about her business effectively finishing 29 not out at close to a run a ball. Otago’s Herath produced the goods with her left arm orthodox returning 4/16. But in the end, Thurman (11*) hit the winning runs in the 18th giving Auckland a comfortable win by five wickets. 

Tomorrow’s final match sees Auckland up against CD once again where they will no doubt look to avenge the earlier loss and finish their tournament on a high. While Auckland now only has a remote chance of winning the competition, CD must win to secure the 2019 title.

DAY FOUR – Auckland vs. Northern Districts

Auckland began Day Four of the U19 National Tournament in Lincoln needing a win to ensure they stayed in touch with leaders, Canterbury. 

Losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Auckland’s intent to produce an improved batting effort was clear from the start. Openers Anna Browning and Gemma Adams scored at a run a ball for the first 8 overs to bring up 50 without loss. The pair didn’t finish there. The next 50 was quicker as the 100-run opening partnership arrived in the 15th over.

ND finally dismissed Browning for 29 and it didn’t take long for Auckland to lose a second. Adams was joined by Sam Petherick and the pair remained together until the 41st over, producing another century stand before Adams was caught on the boundary for 118 off 107 balls with the total at 244. Adams knock produced 17 boundaries and rarely offered a chance.

Petherick departed soon after for 80 off 94 as Auckland lost regular wickets in the final ten overs. The two century partnerships, however, meant the damage had been done with Auckland finishing on 284/8. ND’s shining light with the ball was Emma Baker, who took 5/60 from her ten overs. 

Auckland’s bowling effort carried on where the batting left off. Amie Hucker (2/29) picked up a wickets in the first and third overs before conceding a single run. 

ND found themselves at 3/13 in the 4th as Bree Illing (2/32) got in on the act. From there, the chase never threatened Auckland’s total. Holly Topp steadied the ship with 42, and was joined by Makayla Templeton. Templeton (107) was dismissed in the final over of the match, but not before scoring the match’s second century.

ND’s chased ended at 235/7 from 50 giving Auckland victory by 49 runs. Emma Irwin was the most miserly bowler through the middle overs finishing her ten overs for 28 runs and being rewarded with 2 wickets, including that of centurion Templeton. 

The win cements Auckland in second spot behind Canterbury.  The competition continues with T20 cricket Sunday. Auckland are scheduled to play Central Districts in the morning and Otago in the afternoon.

DAY THREE – Auckland vs. Canterbury

With no overnight rain, the tournament saw its first full 50-over matches. Canterbury won the toss and decided to bat.

Amie Hucker & Bree Illing both bowled four-over spells with the new ball as Canterbury’s controlled opening stand took the score through to 22/0. It was slow going for Canterbury, reaching 50 in the 19th over, but Auckland couldn’t find a breakthrough. 

Auckland continued to rotate their bowlers with no success as the Canterbury brought up a century partnership in the 26th over. Shortly after posting the century partnership, Hucker created an opening by bowling Casey Liddington for 28.

During the next eight overs, Auckland worked hard to bring the game back to a more equal footing by securing 3 more dismissals, two to Gemma Adams and a run out due to some smart thinking from wicket-keeper Izzy Gaze who threw the ball down to Bree Illing who completed the run out.

Missy Banks & Georgia Edge then put together a 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket to lift Canterbury to 187 for 5. With six overs left, Banks was dismissed and Canterbury pushed their total to 225/8. The best of the Auckland bowlers was Adams, who finished with figures of 3-26 from 8 overs. Adams was well supported by left-arm seamers Illing & Jess Barker who bowled good spells. 

The Auckland chase started well with openers Adams and Anna Browning reaching 30 in the 8th over before Browning was adjudged leg-before to Gibbs. This started a string of dismissals with Auckland struggling to hold onto any momentum against some accurate bowling. After 19 overs, Auckland were 61 for 5. 

Sam Petherick (18) and Emily Handyside (21) staged a recovery of sorts but further wickets continued to fall as pressure mounted. Auckland were eventually dismissed for a disappointing 101 in 31st over.

It was a tough day for the girls but some good lessons should come from the experience. Tomorrow is a rest day before Auckland play Northern Districts in the final 50-over match. After two completed rounds Canterbury lead the way as the only team with two wins.

DAY TWO – Auckland vs. Otago

Like Day One, overnight rain and morning showers wiped away any chance of play through the morning. The match was subsequently reduced to 35 overs per side, with play getting underway just after 1 pm.

Auckland won the toss and decided to bowl. Amie Hucker again struck an early blow in the first over before grabbing another in her second over. Fran Jonas was also quickly into the action, picking up the third Otago wicket in the fourth over as Otago slipped into early trouble at 3 for 11. 

Over the next 5 overs, Auckland picked up 3 more wickets. Gemma Adams bowled two Otago players, including the Otago Captain Olivia Gain before a slick piece of fielding involving Lexi Bassett and Izzy Gaze spelt the end for Emma Black. This left Otago 6 for 25 after 9 overs.

Otago staged a recovery to reach 64 before Emily Thurman took a good catch to give Bassett her first wicket. The final three wickets contributed a further 31 runs before Auckland wrapped up the innings in the 27th over with wicketkeeper Gaze snaffling a couple of sharp catches. All but one of the Auckland bowlers picked up at a wicket with Hucker (3-13) and Gemma Adams (2-17) returning the best figures.  

Due to the early finish of the Otago innings, the Auckland team had 7 overs to negotiate before lunch. Anna Browning and Gemma Adams did so expertly going to the break at 21/0. The Auckland pair took 13 runs from the first over after the resumption, including two lovely on-drives from Adams.

In the 9th over, Otago took their first wicket with off-spinner Eden Carson catching the Adams’ outside edge for 13. This brought Hucker to the wicket, who immediately showed positive intent with the first ball being smashed to the boundary. Hucker and Browning pushed through to 89 in the 19th over when Hucker was bowled by Megan Meltzer for 27. Browning (46) was also dismissed just before the target, leaving Sam Petherick and skipper Gaze to see the side to victory in the 22nd over.

Elsewhere, Northern Districts and Canterbury won last over thrillers. The Auckland girls next play Canterbury.

DAY ONE – Auckland vs. Wellington

Tuesday saw the start of the inaugural National U19 cricket tournament in Lincoln. We were scheduled to play Wellington in a 50-over match in the opening round. Unfortunately, rain reduced the match to 20 overs.

Auckland’s Izzy Gaze won the toss and elected to bowl with Amie Hucker taking the first over. Hucker was immediately rewarded with a lovely inswinger that took Bethany Trethewey’s off stump.

After the loss of the first wicket, Rachel Bryant and Georgia Plimmer combined to push Wellington out to 50 in the eighth over. A nice piece of fielding from Emily Handyside and Fran Jonas resulted in the run out of Bryant and a momentum change.

The next few overs saw Auckland slow the scoring with Gemma Adams securing the figures of 1 for 16 from her 4 overs and Jonas delivering a tight four-over spell of 1 for 17.

The final 6 overs saw Wellington reach a handy 118 for 5 with number three Plimmer scoring 66 off 48 balls and Wellington skipper Beth Molony 28 off 26 including a six off the last ball.

During the innings break, rain forced a delay to the start of the Auckland innings. When play resumed, Auckland were reduced to 22/2 inside five overs, leaving the match delicately poised before the rain returned to abandon the match.

Auckland and Wellington shared the points as all three matches at the tournament were abandoned.