Allen tons up in U-19 opener

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT -

Finn Allen has blazed a cen­tury to lead New Zealand to a big win over the West Indies on the open­ing day of the ICC Un­der-19 World Cup.

He fin­ished not out on 115 off 100 balls, play­ing the de­ci­sive in­nings as the young Ki­wis chased down a tar­get of 244 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, win­ning by eight wick­ets with more than 10 overs to spare.

The Auck­lan­der has al­ready played one game of senior cricket – a Twenty20 last sea­son – and his stocks will only have risen af­ter Satur­day’s per­for­mance.

He had good sup­port from opener Jakob Bhula, who made 83 off 105 balls be­fore be­ing dis­missed with the tar­get in sight.

Allen and Bhula put on 163 for the sec­ond wicket, af­ter Rachin Ravin­dra was dis­missed for 16 at the end of the 10th over.

The West Indies were sent in and would have been dis­ap­pointed to only West Indies 233-8 (Kea­gan Sim­mons 92no, Ki­mani Melius 78; Rachin Ravin­dra 3-30, Matthew Fisher 3-61) lost to New Zealand 234-2 (Finn Allen 115no, Jakob Bhula 83no) by eight wick­ets. make 233-8, af­ter be­ing 145-1 with a tick over 18 overs to go.

Open­ers Kea­gan Sim­mons and Ki­mani Melius scored the bulk of their runs, mak­ing 92 and 78 re­spec­tively, but Alick Athanaze was the only other bats­man to reach dou­ble fig­ures. Sim­mons car­ried his bat and faced 132 balls, scor­ing at a strike rate of less than 70, and his slow progress may have cost his team.

But the way Allen and Bhula were bat­ting, they would have needed a few more.

Left-arm spin­ners Ravin­dra , 3-30, and Felix Mur­ray, 2-37, were backed by seamer Matthew Fisher, 3-61.

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