01 Jul, Friday

Auckland U19s one match away from national title

Rep teams

Auckland U19s one match away from national title

Praneel HiraRep teams

On the final day in Lincoln, Auckland Men’s Under-19s are two points ahead at the top of the table, and a win for them would clinch the championship.

In second place is Wellington, who will need to beat Central Districts and hope that Auckland fall to Otago to win.

Auckland either need to beat Otago, or hope that Wellington loses.

Yesterday, in the first of two T20s, Auckland’s Matt Gibson took 3-19 to hold Canterbury to 123/8. Quinn Sunde then made an unbeaten 55 off 42 balls and Auckland U19 came away with a nine-wicket victory.

Their afternoon game against Wellington was a far closer affair, with Wellington able to navigate Gibson. Although Carl de Beer and Ryan Harrison both took 2-27, Wellington made 134/8.

In reply, Auckland scrambled to 129 all out on the last ball, a successful result in the offing right up until the last moment.

The U19s impressive results in the one-day leg of the competition means they’re still in the box seat, with the first ball against Otago due at 10:00am.