Despite the absence of many first-choice players, New Zealand easily trumped the Netherlands in the first ODI at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval by seven wickets with 11.3 overs to spare.
Aspiring batter Will Young and debutant Blair Tickner were the chief architects behind New Zealand’s dominating performance in the first ODI. Young, playing only his third ODI, smashed his maiden century in the format and remained unbeaten on 103 off 114 balls to take his side over the line.
Chasing a paltry target of 203, the hosts lost Martin Guptill early, but Young and Henry Nicholls (57 off 79) took charge and partnered for a breathtaking 162-run stand for the second wicket to take the game away from the visitors. Nicholls scored 57 off 79 balls before Michael Rippon cleaned him up. However, the damage was already done as the Black Caps eventually chased down the target in 38.3 overs.
Earlier, Tickner impressed with his speed and picked up a brilliant four-wicket haul in his maiden ODI match. The right-armer picked up four scalps while conceding 50 runs only in his quota of 10 overs. Rippon was the top scorer for the tourists, hitting 67 off 97 balls, including five boundaries. Apart from Rippon, Pieter Seelaar also chipped in with a valuable 43 to take the team’s total to 202.
“Awesome way to start the series. First ODI hundred, over the moon. We (himself and Tickner) were roaming out and talking about getting a hundred and a fifer, nearly the perfect day. This is a class side. The team is run unbelievably well. So just about coming and enjoying your cricket. That’s what has been happening with a lot of guys who have been given the opportunities. I have played at 3 in one day cricket a lot in my career. Good to go out there and knock the runs off,” said Young after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Will Young! Brings up his maiden international century and hits the winning runs at Bay Oval. A 7 wicket win to start the @kfcnz ODI Series. Scorecard | https://t.co/swGmOouWuo #NZvNED pic.twitter.com/B36aawLei0
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 29, 2022
Really pleased for Will Young and his first international century. He looks to become a mainstay of the ODI and Test set-ups.
Still think his 214-ball 89 at Kanpur remains his most impressive, and important, innings for @BLACKCAPS. Been quite the year for him.
— Michael Appleton (@michelappleton) March 29, 2022
Will Young hits the winning runs and with that, converts his maiden ODI fifty into a hundred 💯
New Zealand take 1-0 series lead and claim 10 crucial #CWCSL points!
— ICC (@ICC) March 29, 2022
New Zealand win comfortably by 7 wickets.
Great performances from Will Young and Blair Tickner ⚡️
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 29, 2022
🟠 | FINAL SCORE
🇳🇱 202/10 (49.4)
🇳🇿 204/3 (38.3)
🏆 @BLACKCAPS win by 7 wickets
— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) March 29, 2022
A maiden ODI century for Will Young! 🔥
— Northamptonshire CCC (@NorthantsCCC) March 29, 2022
Will Young in international cricket
Scored a vital 82 to help NZ win their 1st Test series in ENG in 22 years
Scored a 214 ball 89 that helped NZ secure their 1st drawn Test in India in 11 years
— Arnav Singh (@Arnavv43) March 29, 2022
Henry Nicholls deserves credit for that Will Young 100. He knew it was important and fed him a lot of strike
— Sports Freak (@Sportsfreakconz) March 29, 2022
Beautiful 100 by Will Young, Our Ross Taylor's Replacment is ready in Ross Taylor's retirement series!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ObGVA1ZP9b
— Nik (@IRONlK) March 29, 2022
— Isaac Lockett (@isaac_lockett) March 29, 2022