NZC National Men’s Under-17 Tournament
Canterbury Under-17 beat Auckland Under-17 by 8 wickets
Canterbury U17 extended its lead at the top of the points ladder with a third one-day win on the trot.
Auckland elected to bat first, but washed up on the low side of a defendable total on the boutique ground after having been dimissed for 184 with almost 10 overs unutilised.
Number four batsman Brodie Harrison's run-a-ball 77 stood out like a beacon as Canterbury ripped through the rest of the line-up, Jordy Frew (3-38) and Reuben Stoffers (3-12) taking care of the middle and lower order while Cam Paul picked up a brace after helping get the Aucklanders three down in just the 13th over.
Harrison batted into the 39th over in a gallant attempt to get his side to a defendable total, but Canterbury would barely raise a sweat as they chased down their target with a whopping 26.1 overs to spare.
Canterbury opener Matt Boyle just dipped out on a half century after he had raced to 47 off just 37 balls, including seven boundaries and two sixes.
He had shared a 100-run stand for the first wicket with partner Kalhun Challu who continued his good form with an unbeaten 77* off just 65 balls.
Elias Falanitule picked up both wickets in the chase, but against an offensive attack with the bat it was a fruitless cause. Canterbury's Mackenzie Smith was unbeaten on 31* when Challu hit the winning runs.