Henriques, Starc help AIS to T20 trophy
Final Australian Institute of Sport 162 for 5 (Henriques 72*, Faulkner 44) beat India Emerging Players 133 for 9 (Pujara 38, Starc 3-20) by 29 runs
Moises Henriques and Mitchell Starc starred with bat and ball respectively as Australian Insititute of Sport beat India Emerging Players convincingly by 29 runs in the Emerging Players Twenty20 final. Batting first, the Australians posted 162, thanks to Henriques who contributed 72 and James Faulkener who scored 44. Their 72-run stand for the fourth wicket set them to a competitive score. Henriques hit three sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 41-ball knock. The Indian top-order stumbled to Starc, whose early strikes reduced them to 27 for 3. Cheteshwar Pujara resisted with 38 but the lack of partnerships affected the Indians as the hosts narrowed in on victory. Peter George and the offspinner Glenn Maxwell took two wickets apiece to support Starc.
3rd-place play-off New Zealand Emerging Players 148 for 6 (How 71*, Brownlie 56, de Villiers 3-29) beat South Africa Emerging Players 133 for 5 (Jacobs 61, Hendricks 55) by 15 runs
Even a 116-run opening stand wasn't good enough for South Africa Emerging Players as they fell short in their chase of 149 against New Zealand Emerging Players in the third-place playoffs. Batting first in a match reduced to 18 overs a side, New Zealand were helped to 148 by another century stand, between Jamie How and Dean Brownlie. Brownlie made 56 off 39 balls while How remained unbeaten on 71, off 51 balls, hitting five sixes. The pair added 101 for the second wicket before they were separated in the 12th over. CJ de Villiers was the most effective bowler for the South Africans with 3 for 29. The South African openers, Reeza Hendricks and Davey Jacobs, made half-centuries to get the team off to a strong start. But it came apart when the left-arm seamer Neil Wagner struck twice in an over. Michael Bates then removed Jacobs, and the South Africans were struggling to keep with the asking rate. In the end, they could only manage 133, having come that far.