New Zealand claim share of series
New Zealand U-19s 240 for 4 (M Bracewell 61, Williamson 52) beat England U-19s 238 for 9 (Westley 85, Dawson 50, Morgan 5-38) by six wickets
New Zealand Under-19s saved their best until last as they squared the one-day series against England Under-19s with a convincing six-wicket victory at Northampton. Michael Bracewell and captain Kane Williamson led the run chase with composed half-centuries as they hunted down the total with 13 balls to spare.
It was an impressive performance from New Zealand's batsmen, especially considering the floundering display yesterday when they were 109 for 7 before rained washed out the match. This time, though, they were much more positive against England's spinners while none of the bowlers were quite on top of their game.
England did well to set 239 after slipping to 33 for 4 against Greg Morgan having been put in. Tom Westley made an attractive 85 and Liam Dawson hit 50, but New Zealand stole back the momentum through an opening stand of 80 between Bracewell and George Worker. They were ahead of the required rate and maintained the pace as Bracewell and Williamson added 62 for the second wicket.
Dawson broke through when Bracewell offered a return catch, but Fraser Colson's 32 off 35 balls meant England couldn't build any pressure. Any late wobbles were avoided as Morgan hit 29 off 27 balls, enough to earn him the Man-of-the Match award following his bowling efforts.
Morgan swung the new ball and took out England's top three before a recovery came from Westley and Dawson who added 118 for the fifth wicket. Both batsmen found fielders as they tried to accelerate, but Ben Brown played neatly for his 31. England's attack, including first-class experience, would have fancied defending the runs but New Zealand had other ideas.