Under-15s continue unbeaten run
Auckland Under-15 Girls’ team is continuing to dominate their national tournament in Whanganui.
In their first match yesterday they faced Central Districts who won the toss and asked Auckland to bat.
The Auckland openers started positively, scoring 49 runs in the first 10 overs before Anna Browning was caught for 31.
Shivani Unka and Emma Irwin continued to build momentum, putting on a 47 run partnership before Unka departed. At this stage Auckland was 96/2. Wicketkeeper Izzy Gaze joined Emma Irwin for a useful partnership until Irwin retired on 53.
Gaze continued to play shots around the wicket and compiled a useful 38, supported by Hannah Burns. A six from Burns in the last over set CD a very challenging total of 183.
Auckland’s bowling started brilliantly – Breearne Illing taking a wicket with her second ball. In the fifth over the took a hat-trick to leave CD reeling at 7/5. Central Districts couldn’t recover and were all out for 34. Illing finished with figures of 5-6 and Anna Browning took 2-6.
In the afternoon Auckland took on Wellington. They won the toss and elected to bat.
Unka and Browning again made a quick start, putting on 23 before browning was was caught in the third over. Emma Irwin and Unka settled into a 118 run partnership, which ended when Emma retired on 51 in the 23rd over. Unka also reached 50, with Gaze, Brooke James, Lucy Hollister, Frances Jonas and Hannah Burns all contributing quick runs to get Auckland to 199/5.
Illing again took a wicket in the first over, leaving Wellington 2 for 1. The next wicket was a slick run-out as Hannah Burns and Frances Jonas combined to reduce Wellington to 16/2 . Thereafter Wellington wickets fell regularly, with the pressure on Wellington increasing with Auckland managing two further run outs with direct hits by Izzy Gaze and Frances Jonas.
Wellington could only reach 61 all out. Jonas was the pick of the bowlers with 3-17 from six, supported by Illing (1-6) and Kate Irwin (1-11).
Today Auckland takes on Canterbury and Northern Districts.