Auckland Under-15s win national title
Auckland Under-15 Girls’ picked up their third National Tournament title in a row after a nine wicket win against Christchurch in the final.
Anna Browning won the toss and elected to bowl.
Christchurch got off to a solid start to be to be 24/1 at the end of 6th. In the ninth over 12-year-old Auckland left-armer Kate Irwin got two wickets in two balls which put Christchurch were in trouble at 29/3.
The next few overs were a period of consolidation. Halfway through their innings, the game was delicately poised with Christchurch 55/4.
In the next five overs, Browning exerted her influence with two wickets off her bowling along with a crucial run out. The strong Auckland bowling attack finished the innings in the 29th over, Christchurch all out for 111. Browning finished with figures of 4-22 and Kate Irwin with 2-11.
The run chase started positively with openers Browning and Shivani Unka picking up runs quickly. After 15 overs Auckland were 55/1 after Browning was stumped for 30 over. Emma Irwin and Unka continued to bat positively, with Unka scoring the winning runs with five overs to spare. Auckland won by nine wickets, Unka 42 not out and Emma Irwin 30 not out.
Winning six from six, taking 10 wickets in each match.
Anna Browning – Player of the Tournament – 172 runs with an average of 57, 14 wickets, 6 catches, and 3 run outs.
Frances Jonas – Bowler of the Tournament – 12 wickets at an average of 7.50.
Shivani Unka – Coaches Award for Most Improved – 157 runs averaging 39.25.
Emma Irwin – Highest Batting Average – 198 runs at an average of 198.
Izzy Gaze – 73 runs with a strike rate of 121, 1 stumping, 3 catches, and 2 run outs.
Breearne Illing – 8 wickets at 8.88, in particular a spell of 5 for 6 with a hat-trick.
Coaches Lauren Down and Arlene Kelly were delighted with the result. They said “Auckland has an exciting future with a group of twelve Under-15 girls. They have played great cricket throughout a very demanding week, and so we are looking forward to seeing these girls continue to develop as cricketers.”