Fifth place for Wellington U19s

The Wellington U19s comfortably beat winners Canterbury in their last match, but finished fifth overall in the National U19 tournament that finished at Lincoln University on Friday.

A spectacular 101 not out from opener Henry Walsh upset any ideas Canterbury had of finishing on a high, with Wellington building a colossal 209 for one in the first innings.

Walsh’s century came off just 61 balls and was full of entertainment with eight fours and five sixes.

Alongside the heroics of Walsh came two more than helpful cameos from Sam Keegan (56) and Brett Johnson (48*). It was a completely dominant performance from the Wellington top three, which set Canterbury a big task in the second innings.

While the chase was eventually unsuccessful, Canterbury put up a valiant attempt and kept things respectable at 179 for six. Unlike Wellington though they were unable to maintain the momentum and with such a big total to chase down the pressure soon told and wickets fell.

In the previous days two Twenty20 matches, Wellington had a win and a loss.

They beat tournament second place finishers Central Districts U19 by 9 runs, batting first and making 146 for 7 and restricting CD to 137 for 7 in a weather reduced 15 overs a side encounter. In the afternoon session their 20-over score of 108 for 9 was overhauled by Northern Districts.

Earlier in the tournament Wellington had won two and lost three of their One-Day 50-over matches.

Losses to CD (by 6 wickets), to Canterbury (by 3 wickets) and to Auckland (by 46 runs) were offset by convincing wins against Otago and ND.

They beat Otago by 33 runs, Rakitha Weeerasundara top scoring with 80 off 73 balls and Sam Fraser taking 4 for 31 with the ball.

They beat ND by 106 runs, opener Sam Le Gros making an imperious 123 off 103 balls and Sam Keegan and Henry Walsh striking half centuries in Wellington’s 331 for 6. They then bundled ND out for 225.

In the two two-day matches, Wellington lost to CD on first innings at Kaori Park and lost to Auckland on first innings at Lincoln.

The final points table was:

Canterbury 42;  Central Districts 30; Auckland 27;  Otago 25; Wellington 21; Northern Districts 21

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