Adjusting to conditions key for Otago U19

The pitches will be flatter, the outfields quicker and the opposition much better.

But Otago under-19 coach Bradley Scott is confident his side will be competitive if it can adjust to the conditions it will strike in Lincoln when the national under-19 tournament gets under way today.

Scott will lead a talented bunch which includes an under-19 World Cup star, a second-generation Cumming and the son of a former All Black.

"I’d like to think we’ve got a pretty deep batting line-up," Scott said.

"But I think our biggest challenge for us will be the conditions — adjusting to the flat wickets and the quick outfields and the different-sized boundaries there are at Lincoln.

"That has always been one of the biggest challenges for all the age-group representative teams I’ve been involved with," the former Volts left-armer said.

Beckham Wheeler-Greenall is probably the best known name in the line-up.

He impressed during the under-19 World Cup in South Africa earlier this year. He struck an unbeaten 75 from 83 deliveries in the semifinal against Bangladesh and did his best to drag his country into the final.

"He had a pretty good World Cup with the under-19s and hopefully he can repeat some of those performances, and Jacob [Cumming] has had a great week with Otago Boys’ at the Gillette Cup, which was also at Lincoln, so hopefully he can continue that form."

Cumming was the leading scorer at the Gillette Cup, scoring 308 runs at an average of 77.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Benji Culhane, son of former All Black Simon Culhane, scored a century on Hawke Cup debut for Southland last month.

Otago will open its campaign with a match against Northern Districts today

NZ U19 tournament

Lincoln, December 17-23
Otago under-19: Jacob Cumming, 
Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Cam 
Elliott, Harrison Biggs, Jacob Murray, 
Tom Dempster, Benji Culhane, Jed 
Mockford, Gabe Ross, Hugo Hill, Kyle 
Hastie, Ben Seavill, Toby Hart.
Otago’s draw
Today: Northern Districts
Tomorrow: Central Districts
Saturday: Auckland
Monday: Wellington
Tuesday: Canterbury
Wednesday: Central Districts

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