New Zealand U-19 v Australia U-19, 1st Youth ODI, Lincoln April 4, 2013

Mortimer, Doran star in Australia's win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia Under-19 3 for 183 (Mortimer 87*, Doran 53*) beat New Zealand Under-19 182 (McClure 54, Hicks 52, Fotia 4-44) by seven wickets

Australia Under-19 began their tour of New Zealand on a good note, with a convincing seven-wicket win over New Zealand Under-19 in the first Youth ODI.

The hosts, who were put in to bat, were struggling at 3 for 31 after fast bowler Matthew Fotia took quick wickets. A 79-run fourth-wicket stand between Shawn Hicks and Ken McClure helped New Zealand recover. The pair scored half-centuries but were two among only three batsmen to score in double figures as New Zealand folded for 182. Fotia finished with figures of 4 for 44 off his ten overs.

In reply, Australia brushed aside a few stutters to complete a confident chase. Captain Damien Mortimer, opening the innings, guided the chase with an unbeaten 87 off 126 balls, which included six fours and a six. Jake Doran, who arrived at 67 for 3, shared an unbeaten stand of 116 with his captain, scoring a run-a-ball 53 to take Australia to victory.