Auckland A secures convincing win in Wellington
Auckland A has won by an innings and 37 runs against Wellington A in their three-day match at the Basin Reserve.
Although heavy rain and then the wet ground meant no play for much of day two, a swift change of weather allowed for play after tea.
Auckland A restarted their first innings at 222/3. Finn Allen and Aditya Edekar quickly brought up their 50-run partnership.
Edekar reached his own half-century, but was dismissed on 50. Allen then batted on with Dale Phillips, bringing up his 150. Auckland A declared on 309/5 when Phillips was dismissed for 14, and when the team had a lead of more than 200 runs. Allen finished on 170.
Luke Georgeson and Raki Weerasundara made a cautious start to Wellington A’s second innings, but the partnership didn’t last long. Louis Delport took three wickets in the evening of day two, and Wellington A finished the day on 68/4.
Play got started on time on day three. Georgeson and Brett Johnson continued well, with Johnson bringing up his 50 off 83 balls. When Adam Jones got him out for 60, he and Georgeson were just short of their 100-run partnership.
There was almost a sense of inevitability about the Wellington A innings, particularly when Georgeson fell to Angus Mckenzie for 62.
Auckland A finished off Wellington A before lunch on day three. Delport picked up 4-73 and Jones 3-52 to add to both bowlers’ impressive performances in the first innings.