New Zealand U-19 v Australia U-19, 2nd Youth ODI April 6, 2013

Top order shines to give Australia series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia Under-19 243 for 2 (Short 73, Willis 68*) beat New Zealand Under-19 240 for 8 (Collier 86, Fotia 3-41, Walker 3-44) by 8 wickets

A collective batting performance from the Australia Under-19 top order helped the side beat New Zealand Under-19 by eight wickets, as they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Chasing 241, the Australia openers got off to a strong start, as Matthew Short and captain Damien Mortimer added 109 runs at over six runs per over. Short struck a brisk 73 off 60 balls, which included 12 fours, before being dismissed by Rakith Weerasundara in the 18th over. After Mortimer fell in the 26th over, Sean Willis and Kelvin Smith added 101 runs for the third wicket, hitting well-paced half-centuries, to take their side home with more than five overs to spare.

Earlier, Australia pace bowlers Matthew Fotia and Guy Walker took three wickets each to restrict New Zealand to 240 for 8. Walker was particularly effective against the top order, dismissing opener Weerasundara for 36 and then Shawn Hicks and captain Leo Carter in quick succession. A 77-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Henry Collier and Ken McClure revived the New Zealand innings, with Collier scoring a solid 133-ball 86. However, the loss of quick wickets towards the end of the innings meant that Australia were left with a modest total to chase.

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  • James on April 8, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Those of us who are looking for batsmen for Australia won't have found any here, as it was a one-day game. Surely what is needed at this time is four- and five-dayers, not one-dayers.

  • jared on April 6, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Where was seifert for nz, there best batter not playing that seems a dumb move. Havn't been impressed with the kiwi bowlers this series, doesn't seem to be much class there at all, certainly nobody with the class of bevan small or ben wheeler or ish sohdi of previous under 19 teams, shame really bowling is usually our strength, maybe aussie are finnally developing the great batsmen they use too. As long as the under 19 programme produces one or two class players that can push for higher honours then nz cricket stocks will be fine, only seifert seems to have the goods out of this lot

  • Patrick on April 6, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Pleasing to see some health in our junior team, Eng couldn't win a game of tiddly winks on their recent A-tour of Aust and so despite the current Test team top order woes there's plenty of good signs for the near future.

  • j on April 6, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Safe to say we're never going to see this headline with the main teams ever again. Australia couldn't beat New Zealand even if NZ substituted every one of their players and the Aussies played themselves.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Come on Cricinfo, a bit more depth in your reporting please.

    No mention of the absence for this match from the Kiwi team of NZ's best player; one TL Seifert...

    A team loses its best batsman, its wicket keeper and its captain and it rates no mention in the match report???

    What happened to him?

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    When was the last time we saw that headline? Shame it has to be the under 19 team! Anyways, good luck to them and well done, hopefully a few of them will go on to better things!