Adithya Ashok has powered Auckland Under-17 Boys’ into the national tournament final against Central Districts with a phenomenal spell of bowling to spearhead a 151-run victory against Northern Districts.
On an extremely hot day in Lincoln, Auckland won the toss and decided to bat first. The team again batted as a unit. While there were some wobbles at the top, the U17s 82/3 after 23 overs, Liam Wheeler and Muhammed Abbas combined to steady the ship.
Abbas scored 54 off 47 in a 93-run partnership with Wheeler. Wheeler himself took Auckland to the 46th over when he was dismissed for 87. Nikith Perera finished with 25 off 14 balls and Auckland reached 262/7 off their 50 overs.
Northern Districts were 69/2 when Ashok was brought on and made an immediate impact. He took a wicket-maiden in his first over and a second wicket with the first ball of his second over. Within 30 runs, Northern had lost seven wickets.
Ashok finished his 10 overs with six maidens and six wickets for 12 runs. Backed up by Perera (2-20) and Yahya Zeb (1-19), the U17s bowled out ND for 111.
Assistant coach Matt Cowie said “It was a match-winning performance by Adithya, which showed great control.
“Our batsmen had put runs on the board to bowl to, and pitch conditions were perfect for him.”
The result puts Auckland into the final tomorrow against Central Districts, who had their first loss today against Wellington. They will play at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval from 9:30am.