23 Jul 2008

NZ beat Australia at Emerging Players Tournament

7:07 am on 23 July 2008

New Zealand's young men's cricketers posted a five-wicket win over the Australian Institute of Sport team in the Emerging Players Tournament at Brisbane to go equal with the hosts.

The visitors chased down Australia's 281 for victory at Allan Border Field with half-centuries by Neil Broom, BJ Watling and Corey Anderson.

Watling made 62 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 95 with Corey Anderson, who made 52 not out, completing the win after Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Black Caps Jesse Ryder and James Franklin were the leading wicket takers.

Ryder claimed three for 43 and Franklin, opening the bowling alongside fellow left-armer Trent Boult, bowled a miserly two for 11 from six overs.

The win puts New Zealand on level terms with the hosts, with a match against India's National Academy next up.

Victory over the Indians will see the New Zealanders certain of a place in Saturday's final.