Auckland U18s go into final day unbeaten

Day four of the Under-18 Girls’ national tournament matched Auckland up against hosts Wellington yesterday. The weather was glorious, in stark contrast to how the week began.

Winning the toss, Auckland chose to bowl first and continued the theme for the week – restricting the hosts to just 84/8 from 20.

Wellington started the day well scoring at around 6 an over for the first 10. But Auckland put pressure on with spinners Emily Thurman and Alyssa Bowden to dry up the run rate. Bowden picked up 3-15 and Emily Thurman 1-8 from four overs. The Auckland fielding effort continued to be top notch, with sharp catches and run outs adding to a polished display in the outfield.

While the wicket occasionally produced some inconsistent bounce in the first innings, Auckland had no problems chasing the total down. Free-flowing batsman and opener Anna Browning top scored with 37 seeing through a good portion of the innings. The win was secured without the need for too many risks. Sam Petherick (12*) and Issy Gaze (11*) completed the comfortable victory in the 17th over.

Meanwhile Northern Districts posted an impressive 140/2 against Otago in the other morning game. Otago were never in the hunt and dismissed for just 33.

Auckland had a bye in the afternoon and will front up for their final match against Otago on Friday morning. The girls will be seeking another victory to ensure they remain unbeaten and retain their Under-18 national title.