NZCPA Masters XI cruise to seven-wicket win
New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) Masters XI eased to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand Under-19s in the first of the World Vision Cyclone Relief Fund Twenty20 matches in Hamilton
NZCPA Masters XI 104 for 3 (Bailey 31, Horne 26) beat New Zealand Under-19s 103 for 8 (Morgan 22*, Hart 2-13) by 7 wickets
Kerry Walmsley tries to take a spectacular catch off his bowling
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New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) Masters XI eased to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand Under-19s in the first of the World Vision Cyclone Relief Fund Twenty20 matches in Hamilton. After limiting the U-19s to 103, NZCPA Masters XI knocked off the runs with more than three overs to spare.
The U-19s won the toss and opted to bat, but started poorly, losing Michael Bracewell in the second over. Jeet Raval hit a couple of boundaries and a six before falling to Kerry Walmsley. Kane Williamson (18) and Corey Anderson (14) also got starts, but a middle-order collapse left the U-19s tottering at 59 for 6. An unbeaten run-a-ball 22 from Greg Morgan lifted them past the 100-run mark.
The NZCPA Masters XI, comprising mainly former New Zealand internationals, got off to a rapid start, with openers Matt Horne and Mark Bailey plundering 64 runs in the first seven overs. Both fell in quick succession but Andrew Jones and Justin Vaughan played steady knocks to ensure the NZCPA side coasted to victory.
The match was one of two fixtures to raise money for people affected by Cyclone Sidr which devastated Bangladesh in November. The touring Bangladesh team take on a New Zealand Cricket XI in a day-night Twenty20 match later today.