Auckland and Central Districts made big statements on day one of the women’s National Under-21 tournament in Lincoln today, while Northern Districts edged out a thrilling victory over Canterbury.
The seven day event will see the young stars from each of the six major associations play off over four rounds of One Day matches and three rounds of Twenty20s. The team with the most points at the conclusion of the round robin will be crowned the champions.
Northern Districts v Canterbury
Northern Districts faced defending champions Canterbury in the first round and got off to a reasonable start by posting 206 in the first-innings. Three players had scores In excess of 30, with Felicity Leydon-Davis leading the group with 33.
In reply Canterbury had looked promising to chase down the total, but two sharp run outs and a fine all round bowling display form Northern would see them fall five shy of their target. Jacinta Savage had been the key for the Cantabrian side, but fell in the 47th over on 47, effectively assuring Northern the points.
Auckland v Wellington
Auckland had posted a much more comfortable victory over Wellington, cruising to the win by 82 runs. A first-innings total of 206 for six had been led by opener Shastri who top scored with 57, while Maddy Green had also played her part contributing 37.
Despite a hard fought 33 from Suzie McDonald, it was a total that would prove too much for Wellington, who after 42 overs were all out for 142. Georgia Guy was the chief wicket-taker for Auckland and finished with figures of three for 28 from ten overs.
Central Districts v Otago
The final match of the day saw a dominant Central Districts easily dispatch of Otago. Batting first, Central’s lower order powered them to an imposing total of 231. Hannah Rowe showed all of her class in a knock of 76 from 67 balls, with others playing cameos around her.
Otago never really got going in response and after 40.4 overs were bowled out for 89, giving Central a 132 run victory. Four of the Central bowlers finished with two wickets apiece.
Round two will see:
Canterbury v Central Districts
Auckland v Otago
Wellington v Northern Districts