Emerging Players Tournament, Brisbane July 27, 2007

Broom guides New Zealand to top position

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand A 278 (Broom 62, Marshall 51, Dhananjaya 4-44) beat Karnataka State Cricket Association XI 246 (Chipli 76) by 32 runs

New Zealand A continued their excellent form at the Emerging Players Tournament in Brisbane, finishing on top of the table after their 32-run victory over Karnataka State Cricket Association XI. Neil Broom again starred for New Zealand with 62 and he had good support from his captain James Marshall, who scored a brisk 51 from 47 deliveries.

Grant Elliott chipped in with a 38-ball 40 as New Zealand made the most of Marshall's decision to bat first at Sandgate Redcliffe. S Dhananjaya tried to keep Karnataka in the game with 4 for 44 but when New Zealand were dismissed for 278 in the 50th over, the chase was always going to be difficult.

Bharat Chipli was promising with 76 from 68 balls and there were contributions from Raju Bhatkal (46) and KB Pawan (44) but Karnataka fell for 245. New Zealand will play South Africa Emerging Players in Saturday's final.

South Africa Emerging Players 3 for 190 (Bodi 86, du Plessis 62) beat Australian Academy 9 for 189 (Ronchi 65, Hughes 58*, Botha 3-27, Abdullah 3-43) by 7 wickets

South Africa Emerging Players cruised past the Australian Academy and into the final, finishing the preliminary games with a convincing seven-wicket win over the hosts at Redlands. The series ended on a low for Australia, who suspended three players on Thursday for poor behaviour at their Brisbane accommodation, as South Africa overhauled the target with nine overs to spare.

Johan Botha's decision to field first paid off when Australia wobbled to 9 for 189. Luke Ronchi made 65 and Phillip Hughes scored 58 but they had little help trying to get on top of Botha (3 for 27) and Yusuf Abdullah, who collected 3 for 43.

Gulam Bodi made batting look easy and compiled 86, while Francois du Plessis was also in control with 62. South Africa reached 3 for 190 in the 41st over and settled in second spot on the tournament table, ahead of Australia in third and the last-placed Karnataka.