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 | #NZvNED

— 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!

Watch the rest of the #NZvNED action LIVE and for FREE on (in select regions) 📺

— ICC (@ICC) March 29, 2022

New Zealand win comfortably by 7 wickets.
Great performances from Will Young and Blair Tickner ⚡️

Watch the highlights and replay on-demand on Spark Sport #SparkSport #NZvNED

— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 29, 2022


🇳🇱 202/10 (49.4)
🇳🇿 204/3 (38.3)
🏆 @BLACKCAPS win by 7 wickets

Scorecard ➡️
Liveblog ➡️ #CricketNL #Cricket
📸 @PhotosportNZ

— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) March 29, 2022

A maiden ODI century for Will Young! 🔥

Catch him at The County Ground soon 👉

— 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

Scored his maiden international 100 vs Netherlands#NZvNED #Cricket#PAKvAUS

— 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!!!!!

— Nik (@IRONlK) March 29, 2022

Northamptonshire’s overseas signing Will Young looks in unreal touch against @KNCBcricket as he brings up his maiden ODI hundred for the @BLACKCAPS

Not sure how many matches Will Young will actually play for @NorthantsCCC but I can’t wait to see him in action

— Isaac Lockett (@isaac_lockett) March 29, 2022

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