Henry Nicholls: two out of three ain't bad

Power stats from New Zealand A series

After a century apiece in each of the matches, 23-year-old Canterbury batsman Henry Nicholls has topped the run charts from the short but sweet first-class contest with Sri Lanka A in his home territory.

Nicholls averaged a stellar 184.50 from just three innings, his form continuing a power start to a season in which he also put up an unbeaten one-day century for the New Zealand Winter Training Squad in its warmup fixture over his usual teammates in the Canterbury squad.

Graceful lefthander Kithuruwan Vithanage, who has already played 16 international matches for Sri Lanka across all formats, meanwhile topped the Sri Lanka A run aggregates with 244 runs from his four innings at 61.00.

New Zealand A v Sri Lanka A: highest run scorers, first-class  fixtures
PlayerMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR1005004s6s
Henry Nicholls 2 3 1 369 144* 184.50 470 78.51 2 1 0 36 4
 
Kithuruwan Vithanage 2 4 0 244 88 61.00 308 79.22 0 3 0 40 4
 
Jeet Raval 2 4 1 236 152 78.66 375 62.93 1 1 0 29 3
 
Dean Brownlie 2 4 0 182 113 45.50 281 64.76 1 1 1 20 3
 
Roshen Silva 2 4 1 171 120* 57.00 365 46.84 1 0 1 18 1
 
Udara Jayasundera 2 4 0 165 99 41.25 349 47.27 0 2 0 19 0
 
Niroshan Dickwella 2 4 0 159 128 39.75 200 79.50 1 0 1 20 1
 
Derek de Boorder 2 3 2 151 86* 151.00 209 72.24 0 2 0 15 0
 

Unsurprisingly, after his second career bag of 10 or more wickets in a match, Canterbury legspinner Todd Astle topped the wicket-taking stakes for New Zealand A as they went unbeaten for the tour, and BLACKCAPS pace bowler Neil Wagner chimed in with eight in the at times blustery late spring conditions in Lincoln and Christchurch.

Legbreak bowler Jeffrey Vandersay matched that overall count for Sri Lanka A, having taken a five-for in each of the first-class matches.

PlayerMatInnsOversMdnsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR510
Todd Astle 2 4 82.1 15 281 12 7/78 11/133 23.41 3.41 41.0 1 1
 
Jeffrey Vandersay 2 4 74.0 4 294 12 5/107 6/140 24.50 3.97 37.0 2 0
 
Neil Wagner
2 4 67.0 12 268 8 4/79 5/159 33.50 4.00 50.2 0 0
 
Ish Sodhi
2 4 48.5 6 207 5 2/64 3/96 41.40 4.23 58.6 0 0
 
Vishwa Fernando 2 3 63.0 5 278 5 3/72 4/163 55.60 4.41 75.6 0 0
 
Colin Munro
1 2 19.0 6 48 4 3/37 4/48 12.00 2.52 28.5 0 0
 
Adam Milne
1 2 33.0 8 83 4 3/52 4/83 20.75 2.51 49.5 0 0
 

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