DAY ONE RESULTS – Saturday December 15 2018 at Lloyd Elsmore Park
Central Districts U21 beat Northern Districts U21 by nine wickets
Defending champions got off to a hiss and a roar with a bonus point nine-wicket win over Northern Districts. Sent in by Central captain Rosemary Mair, ND had a nightmare with the bat, quickly reduced to 10 for seven. Six off the team would depart for ducks by the time Central was finished with them, rolling their quarry for just 54 in 22.2 overs.
Emma Baker top-scored with just 23 in a total that was never going to be enough to challenge Central who took just 14.3 overs to knock off the target and then took the rest of the day off.
Auckland U21 beat Canterbury U21 by nine wickets
New Auckland Hearts wicketkeeper Tariel Lamb was a busy person as Auckland U21 sent in Canterbury and quickly reduced them to 31 for four, Lamb taking three catches and a stumping.
Canterbury never really recovered from the rocky start, with nobody scoring more than 20 as Auckland kept mowing them down, dismissing them for 108 drawn out over 48.3 overs. Twenty per cent of the innings had been maiden overs with Jesse Prasad mopping up for 3-22.
With Saachi Shahri (41*) and Yazmeen Kareem (28) putting on 75 for the first wicket, Canterbury was just never in the match.
Wellington U21 beat Otago U21 by five wickets
Sent in, Otago Under 21 got off to a rough start with four of their top five dismissed for single figures, including two ducks. Opener Olivia Gain and Georgina Heffernan each scrabbled together a top score of 15, Bhagya Herath taking a five-wicket bag with figures of 9-2-28-5.
After rolling Otago for just 57 inside 26 overs, Herath continued her good day with an unbeaten 19 as Wellington got home in just the 20th over, despite losing five wickets in the process.
DAY TWO RESULTS – Sunday December 16 2018 at Lloyd Elsmore Park
Auckland U21 beat Central Districts U21 by 45 runs
A century at the top from young Auckland Heart Saachi Shahri set up what proved to be a winning total for Auckland against defending champions Central Districts. Central captain Rosemary Mair had sent in the home side at Pakuranga, both teams having come off big nine-wicket wins the day before.
Central Hind Taila Hurley made the first breakthrough but Shahri, who had dominated the early strike, stuck fast, and put on a 51-run stand for the second wicket with Natasha van Tilburg. Fellow Hind Claudia Green chipped out another Hearts rep in Bella Armstrong, but it wasn’t until the 28th over that Central was able to shut down Shahri, who reached her century off 110 balls, including nine boundaries.
Auckland reached 242 for six in their fifty and after rain interrupted Central’s chase early, it proved a challenging total. From 31 for three Central had a rebuilding job to do and captain Mair took the rudder, anchoring through to the 47th over for her 75. She got support from Georgia Atkinson (34) at five, but just as they were in a position to lift the strike rate, Auckland cramped their style with Atkinson’s wicket in the 34th over.
They had put on 84 for the fourth wicket but Auckland kept chipping out wickets as the required run rate began climbing. The last five wickets fell for just 51 runs with Jesse Prasad picking up 3-21, leaving Auckland the only unbeaten side after the second round of one-dayers.
Canterbury U21 beat Wellington U21 by 7 wickets
Allrounder Bhagya Herath top-scored for Wellington yet again in another low-scoring game in Round Two, after Canterbury had sent Wellington in. Herath’s patient 29 at four helped settle things down for her side, but her dismissal would trigger a slew of three wickets with the score parked on 87. All out in the 40th over for 108, Wellington faced a tough challenge defending that total despite a couple of early wickets, Canterbury U21 reaching their target just three down with almost 17 overs to spare.
Otago U21 beat Northern Districts U21 by 2 wickets
Another low-scoring encounter saw Otago bounce back from their opening day drubbing, captain Ella Brown sending Northern Districts in and her team quickly reducing them to 3-7 – with Northern Spirit trio Olivia Lobb, Nensi Patel and Brianna Perry all gone, two of them falling victim to Kate Heffernan.
Heffernan (3-17 off nine) would return for a third wicket, with Emma Black (3-8 off 7.4) and Marina Lamplough (3-15 off eight) also having field days as they rolled ND for 106, having battled through into the 46th over.
But Otago would suffer plenty of nervous moments in the chase, their top four all departing for single figure scores. Gain departed at 21 for four in the 11th over but Ella Brown (18) and Georgina Heffernan (43) steadied the ship just enough to give Otago surety through the rest of the chase.
Despite a three-for to Northern Spirit’s Tayla Hollis (3-14 off 7.1), they got there in the end with more than a dozen overs in hand.