NZC National Men’s Under-17 Tournament
Canterbury Under-17 beat Wellington Under-17 by 85 runs
Canterbury U17 made it two from two in the 50-over matches with a solid 85-run win in a top of the table contest against Wellington.
Sent in, Canterbury didn't get a good start at all with the bat, but their lower order came to the party with a maginificent unbroken 170-run stand for the seventh wicket between Mitch McMillan (89* off 80) and Tom Flavell (78* off 88) that got Canterbury up to a total of 251 for six.
At 81 for six, that kind of tally on the scoreboard would have looked like a mirage, or at the least a distant landmark.
After Lachie Bailey had got Canterbury skipper Matt Boyle for a diamond duck (first ball of the match), Elliot Seddon had ripped through the rest of the red and black top and middle order to net himself a five-wicket bag by just the 24th over.
Batting at seven and eight, the unbeaten pair batted for 26.3 overs to frustrate Wellington, then did their bit in the field as Canterbury made quick in-roads with the ball to defend the total.
Will Anderson struck in his first over with McMillan taking the grab to dismiss Peter Bonar for no score, with first drop Sam Morgan following him back next over at 2-3.
Captain Sam French held on for 30, which unfortunately for Wellington would prove the equal top score for their side alongside Oscar Jackson as they struggled to build partnerships against a fired up red and black attack.
Wellington was dismissed for 166, well short in the 46th over with Boyle brightening up his day with a handy 3-36.