Auckland Under 19
Ben Horne (Captain)
Andrew Morrison (WK)
Non Travelling Reserves
Coach: Mark O'Donnell
Manager: Nick White
Dates: 16-25 January National U19 Tournament
8th and 9th Jan v ND played at Weymouth Park, Manurewa
10th Jan v ND played at Weymouth Park, Manurewa
Venue: Lincoln University, Canterbury
Format: 2 x 2-day, 5 x 1-day and 3 x T20 games
After winning the trophy for the last two seasons Auckland finished a credible third in the 2013 U19 National Tournament which was completed at the end of January in Lincoln.
Auckland`s campaign actually began in Manurewa back in the second week of January where they took on Northern Districts in two-day and limited overs `nearest neighbor` matches.
In the two-day game Sachin Variath`s century from the top of the order helped them post a solid total of 299 to which ND could only reply with 151. Auckland captain Ben Horne did the main damage with the ball taking 4/12 from 13 overs while Dane Watson picked up 3/17 as our boys secured first innings points. ND returned the favour in the limited overs contest amassing 328 to which Auckland could only reply with 201.
A week later the team arrived in the South Island and immediately hit form in a two-day match against Wellington. Connor Ridge`s 94 not out helped our boys post a formidable score of 323 before Ganesh Ratnasabapathy and Kyle Jamieson each took four wickets as Wellington slumped to 71 all out.
Auckland followed this victory with two one-day losses to Central Districts and Canterbury before once again finding form against Otago where a century from James Parslow helped secure an 89 run victory. In the final one-day game skipper Ben Horne led from the front as he smashed 91 from just 86 balls as Auckland defeated Wellington.
Three T20 matches rounded out the competition and while Auckland came out on the losing end against Northern Districts and Otago, Connor Ridge led his side to a seven wicket victory over Central Districts with a scintillating innings of 83 from just 48 deliveries.
National U19 Tournament - Final Table:
Central Districts 30
Northern Districts 21
Auckland Under 18 Development
Auckland U18 Development Squad
Chris Martin (Captain)
Izak Van Der Merwe
Jack Cassidy (WK)
Coach: Neil Gray
Dates: 5th and 6th Jan v Auckland U16 played at Michaels Ave, Ellerslie
7th and 8th Jan v ND played at Weymouth Park, Manurewa
National U19 tournament
Round 8 & 9 - 24 January
It's a race for second in the final day of the Lincoln University National Under-19 Tournament today, with Canterbury possessing a hefty 15 point lead over the rest of the field.
Auckland and Central Districts are tied in the runners-up position on 27 points, while Otago are within striking distance on 25. Wellington and Northern Districts will also be desperate to record last round victories, with both tied at the bottom of the table on 18 points.
The pick of the fixtures this morning will be between Central and Otago, with the winner guaranteed a top three finish. Central will all but secure second position if they triumph, while Otago would also require Northern to beat Auckland if they were to finish runner-up.
While Northern may be languishing at the bottom of the table, Auckland should be wary of their neighbours, as they were the only team to win both their Twenty20 matches yesterday.
Canterbury meanwhile finish their successful tournament with a game against Wellington. While the local side will be hopeful of extending their lead further, Wellington will be determined not to receive the wooden spoon.
Yesterday's matches saw Canterbury go one for two, with a loss to Northern followed by a victory against Otago in the afternoon. Earlier Otago had beaten Auckland, who then kept alive their race for second by defeating Central Districts.
In the other matches Northern made it their best day of the tournament yet, following up their victory against Canterbury with a big win over Wellington, who had earlier bet Central.
When Canterbury eventually lift the Cup today it will be their first triumph since the 2008/09 season.
Central Districts 27
Northern Districts 18
Final round: Men's Twenty20 matches
Wellington v Canterbury
Central Districts v Otago
Northern Districts v Auckland
Full scorecard - Auckland v Central
Full scorecard - Auckland v Otago
Round 7 - 23 January
Canterbury have taken an unassailable lead in the Lincoln University National Under-19 Tournament, winning their fifth and final ODI match to go 12 points ahead of Central Districts in second place.
Three rounds remain in the tournament, all of which will be played in the Twenty20 format. While Canterbury have secured their position at the top of the podium, Central Districts, Auckland and Otago are all in the hunt for second and third.
Otago kept their hunt for a top three finish alive with a successful pursuit of Northern's 301 with three wickets in hand. Auckland posted a comfortable 46 run victory over Wellington, while Canterbury claimed the title with a three wicket triumph over Central.
Central needed to win to challenge for the Cup, but were hampered by the loss of regular wickets in the first-innings. Five batsmen made scores of between 18 and 30, but no-one anchored the innings and they were dismissed for a disappointing 171 off 46.5 overs.
As in previous games, Hamish Robertson was the most threatening of the Canterbury bowlers and finished with analysis of four for 22 off ten overs.
Canterbury made hard work of the chase, suffering a mid-order collapse after Dylan Goldstone (55) and Ben Ward (52) had got their side off to a terrific start with an opening stand of 99.
Luckily Sam Chamberlain and Freddy Anderson came to their side's rescue and finished off the task after 40.4 overs. The win sees Canterbury finish the One Day section of the tournament undefeated, playing a large part in their overall success.
Angus Schaw tried his best to thwart Canterbury, but in the end his three wickets wouldn't stop Canterbury from prevailing.
While the silverware was now no longer up for grabs, Canterbury's win gave Otago and Auckland a good chance to catch up with Central to push for second.
Auckland obliged willingly, holding Wellington to 198 after they'd originally finished 244 for eight. The 46 run victory mainly came down to Ben Horne, who scored 91 and took two wickets.
The recent NZ U-19 representative controlled his side's innings brilliantly and found a capable partner in James Parlow (58). Both played at a good pace, with Horne particularly dynamic with 13 fours and three sixes to his name.
A string of small cameos towards the end of the innings lifted Auckland towards the 250 mark, eventually finishing just six runs short.
Wellington's response saw eight players make solid starts at the crease - but like Central, they couldn't find someone to remain at the crease for an extended period of time.
In the end Sam Le Gros top scored with 36, but after 45.5 overs his side were all out still well-short of their target.
Auckland now trail Central by a mere three points.
Otago sit just three points behind them though, having overcoming a whopping 301 made by Northern in the first-innings.
Somewhat surprisingly there were no centuries in the high scoring match, with five of Northern's batsmen making 50s and almost everyone from Otago who batted making a considerable contribution.
Northern's Thomas MacRury (65), Tim Seifert (53), Anish Desai (52) and Cameron Gibbons (57) did the majority of the work, while a number of others also chipped in. On the final ball they were all out, but not before setting Otago an imposing total.
However, they were stunned by the southerners who strung together a handful of partnerships to chip away at the target to great effect.
Captain Gregor Croudis was the only one to raise his bat, scoring a team high 67. But that's not to say he was short on support, with only one player failing to make double digits.
It set up a special victory for Otago, who surpassed Northern's total after 49.1 overs.
There will be two rounds of Twenty20 matches tomorrow, followed by a final round of the shorter format on Friday.
Auckland v Wellington - full scorecard
Central Districts 27
Northern Districts 12
Round 6 - 22 January
Auckland v Otago (one day)
Auckland 310/6 (J Parslow 112, S Hicks 62, C Ridge 57) defeated Otago 221 (H O'Brien 69, G Croudis 42, R Bayly 35, B Randell 3/38) by 89 runs.
Round 5 - 20 January
Canterbury pulled off a last ball victory over Auckland to extend their lead to eight points at the Lincoln University National Under-19 Tournament in Lincoln.
Otago picked up a comfortable win over second-placed Central Districts to elevate into third, while Wellington cruised past Northern Districts to get off the bottom of the table.
The boys from the capital were led to a tournament high 331 for six by opener Sam Le Gros, who scored a sensational 123 off 103 balls. The bowlers then dismissed Northern for 225 to complete the emphatic 106 run victory.
Le Gros crushed 16 fours and three sixes in what was a brilliant display. He brought up his century off 91 balls and made sure his side would set an imposing target. Alongside a number of cameos from the likes of Sam Keegan (62) and Henry Walsh (52) Wellington well and truly surpassed 300.
Northern's response revolved around Anish Desai, who fought hard with 97 from 94 balls. Opener Sean McCarthy provided the most support for him with 41, but it wouldn't be enough.
Liam Sullivan took four wickets in his 9.3 overs for 55 runs to help his side end the game after 42.3 overs.
The closest game of the round was between Canterbury and Auckland, with the former reaching their target off 232 off the final ball.
Leo Carter (69) was the leading scorer from a solid all-round effort with the bat from the top-order, but his dismissal left the middle-order with a big task.
Sam Chamberlain (39*) put in a crucial effort at the end, but it was Marsh who proved to be the hero, hitting a boundary off the final delivery for the win.
Earlier, Auckland had benefited from a late 59 not out from Max O'Dowd to get them to a respectable total. Shawn Hicks did the early work with a well-made 73 to be the top-scorer, while Connor Ridge chipped in with 31.
They finished 231 for eight, with Canterbury's bowlers sharing the wickets.
In the other match, Otago upset Central Districts with a dominant 100 run triumph to slot into third. Having made 249 for nine in the first innings, they then ran through Central's line-up to dismiss them for 120 after 33 overs.
The pursuit got off to the worst possible start with both openers getting ducks, before number three Matthew Edmondson showed some resistance with 30 from 46 balls.
Unfortunately though that would be their top-score, as Otago's Michael Haddleton took impressive figures of four for 19 from six overs, ending their innings prematurely.
Otago's innings featured a number of starts, with opener Tom Griffin the only one to bring up his half-century with 56. Both Hamish O'Brien and Ben Willemsen made scores of 40 plus and overall seven players made double digits as they fell just one short of 250.
The tournament has a rest day tomorrow, before the teams get back into the action on Tuesday.
Central Districts 23
Northern Districts 12
Round 4 - 19 January
Canterbury picked up a bonus point victory in the Lincoln University National Under-19 Tournament today, extending their lead to four points over their closest rivals.
The leaders saw off Northern Districts by eight wickets, while second-placed Central Districts picked up a 37 run win over Auckland. In the other fourth round One Day match Otago fell to Wellington by 33 runs.
Otago had looked in control of the match at 100 for two while chasing Wellington's first innings total of 220. However the dismissal of opener Tom Griffin for 57 started a collapse from which they would not recover, with the southerners eventually dismissed after 46.5 overs for 187.
Earlier, a seventh wicket stand worth 138 between Rakitiha Weerasundara (80) and Tyler Johansson (53*) had revived a desperate situation for Auckland who had been 76 for six. Weerasundara was dismissed off the third last ball of the innings to leave his side seven down, but they still finished with a respectable score of over 200.
Canterbury on the other hand maintained control of the competition by cruising to their target of 152 in the 28th over.
Dylan Goldstone (62) was the top scorer in the pursuit, while co-opener Ben Ward (38) was also influential. Although neither managed to see out the match, they effectively ensured Canterbury would remain on top of the table.
It followed on from the good work done by their bowlers to dismiss Northern for 151 after 47.4 overs. Cameron Gibbons made a crucial 58, but apart from cameos from opener Thomas MacRury (31) and tail-ender Tom Clout (33) the batting line-up failed to fire.
It was an all-round display with the ball from Canterbury, but Hamish Robertson was the top wicket-taker with three scalps in his ten overs for 37.
The most exciting match of the day though went to Central's encounter against Auckland, where a 198 run opening stand carried the former to 307 for seven in the first-innings.
Henry Collier (106) and Brynn Cleaver (100) both had matches to remember and made sure Auckland would have their work cut out for them, while Graeme Tyron slammed 38 off 18 to add the finishing touches.
Auckland's response was a valiant one, with openers Sachin Varianth (56) and Ben Horne (83) putting on an opening stand of 125. Shawn Hicks continued to give his side hope with 48, but outside of the top three no-one could get going and in the penultimate over they were all out for 270.
The tournament moves to the fifth round tomorrow, before the teams take a rest day on Monday.
Central Districts 23
Northern Districts 12
Round 3 - 18 January
Canterbury lead second-placed Central Districts by three points in the National Under-19 Tournament being held at the New Zealand High Performance Centre in Lincoln.
Third round action saw all six teams play in their second Two Day match of the tournament, which in the end spanned over three days due to inclement weather forcing yesterday to be abandoned.
Otago claimed an outright victory over Northern Districts, while Canterbury proved too good for Central Districts. The match between Wellington and Auckland resulted in a draw overall, but it was Auckland who claimed first-innings points.
Number eight batsmen Connor Ridge scored an unbeaten 94 to lead Auckland to a more than respectable 323 all out in the first-innings. Four-wicket bags from both Kyle Jamieson and Ganesh Ratnasabapathy then limited Wellington's response to 71 all out, allowing Auckland to enforce the follow on.
They then pushed for the victory, but were unable to make the same inroads against the Wellington line-up in the second innings. Henry Walsh top-scored with 66 to get Wellington through to 156 for four and ensure Auckland came up short.
Otago on the other hand had no such problems closing out the match, benefiting from Michael Rae's five wicket-bag in the opening innings to dismiss Northern for 66. Otago then made 251 in their reply to claim a healthy lead.
Northern fought their way to 247 in their next attempt with the bat, but it left Otago chasing just 63 to win. They did it with ease, with Rhys Bayly leading the way with an unbeaten 25 to secure a five wicket victory.
The other match between Canterbury and Central Districts was the pick of the games to date though, with the former claiming a narrow 27 run triumph. Central required 225 to win in the final innings, but a sensational five wicket-bag from Hamish Robertson saw them come up just short, all out for 197.
Earlier, Canterbury had recorded totals of 194 and 129, while Central had fallen behind with a first-innings total of 99. They came close to making up the deficit, but lost wickets quickly and cheaply towards the end of their innings.
Central Districts 19
Northern Districts 12
Auckland U18 Development 206 (Harshal Vyas 71, Chris Martin 53; Oscar Shepperson 3/31) defeated Auckland U16 191 (Glen Phillips 74, Jared Challis 32) by 16 runs
Auckland U16 207 (Glen Phillips 105; Josh Fisher 3/29) defeated Auckland U18 Development 186 (Logan Clark 65, Jack Cassidy 46*, Ross ter Braak 3/45) by 22 runs
Auckland 340 (Shastryn Nair 84, James McKenzie 73, Jeremy Myers 43*) defeated Northern Districts 157 (Shaun Tallot 57, Jonty Kearny 30; Izak van der Merve 3/29, Chris Martin 5/28) and 163/2 (Scott Tallot 115, Sam Turner 47) on first innings