Our finalists have been found after a full round of 50-over play with Eastern and Western set to meet next Sunday at Te Atatu Park.
Tuaraki U19 259/7 (BJ Jacobs 81, F Goodley-Hollister 53, T Escott 42) defeated Manukau U19 168 (H Singh 41, R Gill 35, T Escott 3/14, T Aldous 3/31) by 91 runs.
Tuaraki’s top order put on a daunting total on the back of impressive knocks by Bevon-John Jacobs (81), Flynn-Goodley-Hollister (53) and Tom Escott (42). Despite a spell of control from Herschele Hendricks (2-29), Manukau were unable to make regular breakthroughs as Tuaraki posted 259/7.
In reply, Harmeet Singh (41), Ritapraj Singh (35) and Lucas Throughear (23) had the Manukau chase on track before Tuaraki hit back. Tom Escott (3-14) and Thomas Aldous (3-31) decimated the Manukau middle order, who collapsed from 124/2 to 168 all out as Tuaraki took victory by 91 runs.
Waitemata U19 158 (B Harrison 51) lost to Eastern 159/5 (J Stephan 58) by five wickets.
Eastern were rewarded for building pressure during the opening 20 overs. Brodie Harrison (51) fought through a top order collapse that saw Waitemata reeling at 56/5. Seven different Eastern bowlers picked up a wicket squeezing through the middle overs, while Waitemata scraped through to 158.
The Waitemata bowlers started in similar style; Eastern’s top order, however, soaked up the pressure allowing Joshua Stephan (58*) to guide the chase. Joseph Moore’s 2-25 kept Waitemata in the contest, but a 61-run sixth-wicket stand between Stephan and Jack Duffy was enough to get Eastern safely over the line and into the final.
Central U19 148 (L Wheeler 42, D Gallage 33) lost to Western 149/3 (M Devoy 39*, K Minhas 34) by seven wickets.
Western confirmed their spot in the final after an impressive display with bat and ball against Central. Batting first, Central were unable to put a significant partnership together despite Liam Wheeler (42) and Dimithri Gallage (33) spending considerable time at the crease. The Western bowlers were economical across the board, with both Kavi Minhas and Umang Patel going for just 17 from their respective ten overs.
Chasing 149, Western’s top order raced out of the blocks with Minhas backing up his efforts with the ball with a sprightly 34. Central kept fighting to push the game past the 40th over, but Michael Devoy (39*) and Connor Macleod (25*) took their time to ensure Western booked their ticket for next week’s final.