The Auckland U17 Boys side have returned from a challenging week-long tournament in Lincoln.
Coach Jonny-Bassett-Graham said there was plenty to admire about the efforts of the group.
“What was impressive was the boys’ willingness to keep fighting. That quality alone put the side in a position to potentially win a couple of games out of nowhere.”
Bassett-Graham said despite results not going Auckland’s way, the side overcame several challenges along the way.
“We had challenges reading match situations and adapting as games progressed. Playing on good wickets with great outfields challenged our bowlers to consistently hit good areas and stick with our plans.”
“As coaches, it was good to see the group continue to develop and learn throughout the tournament. With our batting, we struggled to hold our nerve under pressure. We had some good performances with both bat and ball but unfortunately weren’t able to string it all together.”
Auckland U17s 178 (T Pleciak 72, S Moerat 38, E Goddard 3-28, K Weerasundara 3-37) and 181/9 dec (A Molamure 62, H Singh 44, T Pleciak 31, J Kajendraseelan 3-29) lost outright to Wellington U17s 179/8 dec (E Jefferson 45, E Falanitule 5-27) and 181/2 (P Bonar 98, S Morgan 46, S French 32*) by eight wickets.
Central Districts U17s 313/5 (C Heaphy 112*, F Raxworthy 53, B Foote 52, J Rawnsley 49, G Borren 30) defeated Auckland U17s 252 (S Moerat 61, A Prasad 33) by 61 runs.
Auckland U17s 295 (A Molamure 89, A Prasad 68, F Hurley 4-61) lost to Otago U17s 296/6 (X Chisholm 135, J Cumming 63, J Gilbert 47) by four wickets.
Auckland U17s 184 (B Harrison 84, R Stoffers 3-12, J Frew 3-38) lost to Canterbury U17s 185/2 (K Challu 77, M Boyle 47, M Smith 31) by eight wickets.
Northern Districts 294/8 (L Marconi 72, K Price 59, C Dickson 35, J Parker 33, B Russell 5-58) defeated Auckland U17s 91 (L Chandulal 53, L Marconi 3-24) by 203 runs.