A spell-binding six-wicket bag for 16-year-old Auckland leg-spinner Adithya Ashok was the talk of the last day of round-robin matches at NZC’s Under-17 national championships, today.
Ashok is no stranger to turning heads, having been called into Mt Albert Grammar School’s First XI when he was still just in Year 9. However, today’s haul of 6-12 off 10 overs, including a phenomenal six maidens on the Lincoln No.3 ground at NZC’s High Performance Centre, may be hard to beat.
When he claimed his bag Ashok was sitting on figures of 5-10, and his brilliance ensured Auckland U17 will meet top qualifiers Central Districts U17 in the 1v2 playoff tomorrow.
CD suffered their first loss of the tournament today with star Hawke’s Bay batsman Sam Ferguson – who earlier this week scored an unbeaten 200* and 144 in consecutive games – missing out this time at the hands of Wellington U17, despite his captain Sam Sherriff winning his fifth toss straight.
Wellington U17’s strong start ensured they chased down their DLS adjusted target with ease as wet weather hit the tournament later in the afternoon. There was disappointment for Wellington College opener Peter Bonar, however, who was caught on 99 just one short of his century.
Wellington U17 and ND U17 will square off on Lincoln No.3 for the bronze medal position tomorrow while Canterbury U17 and Otago U17 will be looking to avoid the wooden spoon against each other, after Canterbury picked up its first win against Otago in the fifth round today.
Otago U17 opted to bat first on Bert Sutcliffe Oval but a tally of 208 all out wasn’t enough. Both sides had struggled to pick up the points over the tournament, but Canterbury seized their opportunity, opening batsman Jesse Frew scoring 101 off just 72 balls (13 x 4, 5 x 6) to get the chase well under control by the time he departed at 169 for two.
On Lincoln No.3 ground Ashok’s tight exhibition was meanwhile ensuring Auckland U17 kept the pressure on ND who, after losing their anchorman on 49, were bowled out for just 111.
NZC Men’s Under 17 National Tournament – 2018/19
Wellington Under 17 beat Central Districts U17 by 63 runs (DLS)
Auckland Under 17 beat Northern Districts U17 by 151 runs (DLS)
Canterbury Under 17 beat Otago U17 by seven wickets