In a series that showcased potential talent for next years 2020 Indoor Cricket World Cup, Australia swept the New Zealanders in all four divisions at the 2019 Trans-Tasman series in Palmerston North last week.
Australia’s Open Men won their first two matches 73-68 and 94-42 respectively. With the dominant Aussies looking strong, New Zealand upset them in their third match 90-72.
With the series on the line in the fourth match, New Zealand surpassed Australia’s score of 80 with four overs to spare, however, incredibly disciplined bowling from Australia’s boys resulted in a 2-run win to the visitors with celebrations high.
Open Men’s debutants Josh Dreaver and Jamie Diener showcased their potential ahead of next years World Cup, whilst Kieran Perkins’ time behind the stumps showcased a potential long-term future for him in the Aussie side.
After being square at 2-2, the Australian women’s team claimed victory in the fifth test to claim a 3-2 series win. Aussie veteran Briony Polkinghorne was named player of the series following an impressive week on the court.
More remarkably, Australia’s Open Women continue their Trans-Tasman winning streak since 1989.
In the 21 & Under Divisions, Australia’s men won the series 3-2, whilst the girls claimed their series 4-1. Tyler Van Luin and Amy Ridell were named player of the series in their respective divisions.
Australia 73 def New Zealand 368
Australia 94 def New Zealand 42
Australia 74 def byNew Zealand 90
Australia 80 def New Zealand 78
Australia 64 def by New Zealand 87
Australia 78 def New Zealand 35
Australia 103 def New Zealand 75
Australia 31 def by New Zealand 62
Australia 69 def New Zealand 70
Australia 98 def New Zealand 56
21 & Under Boys:
Australia 107 def New Zealand 51
Australia 87 def by New Zealand 97
Australia 94 def New Zealand 85
Australia 101 def New Zealand 60
Australia 61 def by New Zealand 74
21 & Under Girls:
Australia 131 def New Zealand 95
Australia 109 def New Zealand 26
Australia 80 def New Zealand 79
Australia 109 def by New Zealand 110
Australia 113 def New Zealand 53