The Central Districts Under 17's including Wanganui Collegiate batsmen Sam Sherriff were sitting second place heading into the fifth round of the national tournament at Auckland's Te Atatu Park yesterday.

Their match with bottom of the table Otago was rain affected.

In the points standings, Auckland were leading with four straight wins, while Otago had lost four, and CD were in a four-team tie in the middle with Canterbury, Northern Districts and Wellington – each with two wins.

CD had two bonus points to sit outright second place ahead of Canterbury and Wellington with one.


CD started with a comfortable 87 run win over Canterbury last Saturday, with Sherriff scoring 40 from 55 balls in his team's total of 230.

This was followed by a 34 run loss to Wellington on Sunday, with CD bowled out for 222 (Sherriff 5) chasing 256.

CD then met the dominant Aucklanders on Tuesday, where despite Sherriff scoring a fighting 45 from 63 balls, no other batsman reached 20 as they were dismissed for 133, with Auckland swiftly reaching 137-2 in just over 20 overs.

The team rebounded on Wednesday with a 92 run hammering of Northern Districts.

CD scored 282-8 (Sherriff 13) and then dismissed ND for 190.