McClure, Hodgson star in 133-run victory
New Zealand Under-19 259 for 9 (McClure 78, Hodgson 71, Morea 4-44) beat Papua New Guinea Under-19 126 (Hodgson 3-17, Carter 2-9) by 133 runs
Ken McClure and Alec Hodgson starred in New Zealand's victory over Papua New Guinea in their exhibition match in Darwin. Electing to field, Papua New Guinea made early inroads as New Zealand stuttered to 59 for 5, with Kabua Morea doing most of the damage, picking three of the top six batsmen. McClure and Hodgson consolidated to put on a 139-run partnership to steer New Zealand to a competitive 259 for 9. Morea picked up Hodgson for 71 to finish with 4 for 44.
Papua New Guinea got off to a poor start, losing opener Raho Sam for a duck in the first over. A 45-run partnership for the second wicket between Kiplin Doriga and Dogodo Bau offered some stability, but New Zealand made regular strikes through the middle overs. With only two batsmen going past 20, Papua New Guinea were unable to build significant partnerships. Hodgson also picked up 3 for 17 in his six overs and Kurtley Watson and Leo Carter picked up two wickets each as Papua New Guinea were ultimately routed for 126 in the 38th over.