Week two of the Men’s U19 Bettr District Tournament has seen Eastern and Waitemata take different routes to the top of the table after four rounds of T20.
T20 | Round Three
Central U19 vs. Eastern U19 – match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Manukau U19 99/6 (P Maher 54, U Patel 3-29) lost to Western U19 102/8 (P Maher 3-26) by two wickets (DLS) – 16 over match.
Morning rain shortened this match to 16 overs before Paddy Maher put in an outstanding all-round performance leading the way with bat (54) and ball (3-26). Maher’s efforts weren’t enough to get Manukau past Western, as Umang Patel (3-29) pegged back Manukau’s middle order. While Muhammad Abbas (29) set the chase on its way, Western still required some late heroics from Angus Olliver, who hit 21 off 9, including two fours and a six of the final three balls, to clinch a two-wicket win.
Waitemata U19 44/4 lost to Tuaraki U19 48/0 by ten wickets – 5 over match.
Tuaraki U19 made short work of a tricky 5-over chase after keeping Waitemata to to 44/4. Brodie Harrison top-scored with 23 off 16 for Waitemata, while Peter Ruffell, Dylan Hamilton and Mitchel Atkins bowled tight overs, all taking one wicket and conceding just three runs. Jordan Gatley (27*) and Bevon-John Jacobs (16*) wasted little time in sealing a ten-wicket win in just 4.1 overs. The Tuaraki pair finished the game in style, hitting back-to-back sixes to beat a previously undefeated Waitemata side.
T20 | Round Four
Western U19 122 (A Ashok 36, K Kieser 3-27) lost to Waitemata 125/6 (J McKenzie 32, S Moerat 31, U Patel 4-14) by four wickets.
The sun returned in the afternoon and so did the fortunes of Waitemata. Western’s Adithya Ashok (36) and Michael Devoy (29) had no choice but to reconsolidate after coming together at 23/4. The big finish came from Yahya Zeb (25), who hit a four and 3 sixes, lifting Western to 122 as Kyle Kieser picked up 3-27. Four cameos helped Waitemata control the chase with Jock McKenzie (32), Sa’eed Moerat (31), Luke Watson (26*) and Dylan Smith (20*) sealing the four-wicket win, despite Umang Patel adding four more wickets to the three he took in the early match.
Eastern U19 177/5 (J Stephan 57, J Duffy 43) defeated Tuaraki 120/7 (M Chaplin 3-17) by 57 runs.
Eastern piled on the highest total of the day to remain unbeaten at the top of the table, after Joshua Stephan (57) and Jack Duffy (43*) were in fine form. The pair weren’t alone in their aggressive approach, with openers Sebastian Mortimer and Nathan Robinson flying out of the blocks. For Tuaraki, Peter Ruffell (2-16) again led the way with the ball. Chasing 178, Tuaraki made a reasonable start before Max Chaplin (3-17) struck thrice during his unchanged four-over spell. The middle-order fought on, but the damage was done and Eastern eventually won by 57 runs.
Central U19 95/5 (D Gallage 33) lost to Manukau 99/7 (O Madaan 39*, T Henzell 4-9) by three wickets.
A slow start made it tough for Central to get to a defendable total. The Manukau bowlers were particularly accurate up front, with Herschele Hendricks sneaking through a maiden early on. Dimithri Gallage (33) and Dinesh Kharel (20) got Central moving but were kept in check by Connah Thompson (2-16) at the death. In reply, Tom Henzell (4-9) made it difficult for Manukau, who were 39/6 through the first ten overs. Ojas Madaan (39*) and Lucas Troughhear (18) then turned the game by batting Manukau out of trouble and to a three-wicket victory with nine balls to spare.