U-19 WORLD CUP: West Indies title defence ends with second defeat

SUMMARY: South Africa Under-19 282 for 8 (Makwetu 99, Pillay 47, Rolfes 4-33) beat West Indies Under-19 206 (Athanaze 76, Kallicharan 44) by 76 runs.


South Africa joined New Zealand as the second quarter-finalists from Group A after they dumped defending champions West Indies out of the Under-19 World Cup in Mount Maunganui.

The result capped off an incredible evening, where South Africa were comfortably behind the game for the first 40 overs after being put in. Then, in a ferocious display of lower-order hitting, wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu made an unbeaten 99, with 37 of those coming in the last three overs off which South Africa blasted 58. The last 10 overs fetched 112 as they posted 282-8.

On a cold, rainy evening where there was enough moisture underneath the surface, South Africa’s pace bowling trio of Gerald Coetzee, Thando Ntini and Akhona Mnyaka came hard at West Indies. By the 21st over, the top four were dismissed for 87. As the asking rate spiralled, Kirstan Kallicharan and Alick Athanaze fought back to put together 90 for the fifth wicket to bring the target close to double digits.

But in a bid to hit out, Kallicharan, who oozed class and confidence in his 50-ball 44, was trapped lbw by medium pacer Herman Rolfes off the third ball of his new spell in the 39th over to leave West Indies 177-5. It left the lower order needing to rally around Athanaze.

But they had other ideas, looking to tee off instead of rotating strike and bringing the well-set batsman back on strike. This resulted in two more wickets in quick succession that helped South Africa close out the game. Athanaze, who took a while to set himself in and consolidate to make his second youth ODI half-century, was the ninth man out for 76, trying to take it upon himself to inch closer to the target.

It left West Indies wondering what may have been had the middle order shown a little more application and better shot selection. The final nail was drilled by Coetzee in the 46th over as their campaign went pear-shaped with one to play. This meant a potentially high-voltage match between New Zealand and South Africa on Saturday was reduced to a dead rubber.

South Africa had started cautiously and had progressed to 77-2 by the 18th over when the game came alive courtesy a controversial decision. West Indies had opener Jiveshan Pillay out obstructing the field when they appealed for what seemed a harmless pick-up of the ball from the batsman after it had stopped besides the stumps off an inside edge.

This led to a break in play for four minutes as the third umpire deliberated the matter with the on-field umpires. Pillay, who carefully constructed 47 to keep South Africa chugging along, accepted the decision and walked back without a trace of dissent even as most at the ground were stunned by the very basis of the appeal, even if West Indies were within their rights to make it.

South Africa’s lower middle order didn’t let this passage of play distract them. While run-scoring was difficult, they took the innings right till the end. In what turned out to be a game-changer, Jeavor Royal put down a sitter at deep midwicket to reprieve Makwetu on 49 in the 44th over. He would go on to smash 50 more in an exhilarating passage where West Indies’ bowlers kept missing their lengths.

Below are the summarised scores from the other three games.

Jakob Bhula made 180 for NZ

Kenya were made to rue their decision to bowl first, as Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra added the highest-ever first-wicket partnership of 245 in 35.5 overs. Ravindra made 117 off 101 balls before he was stumped. There was no respite for Kenya, though, as No. 3 Finn Allen cracked 90 off 40 balls, his six sixes giving him a strike rate of 225.

The score was 401 in 47 overs when Bhula was eventually dismissed for 180, the highest score in all Under-19 World Cups, off 144 balls.

New Zealand were able to take only four wickets, though, as Kenya batted their 50 overs to score 193. SUMMARY: New Zealand Under-19 436-4 (Bhula 180, Ravindra 117, Allen 90) beat Kenya Under-19 193-4 (Gandhi 63, Ravindra 2-33) by 243 runs.


Xavier Bartlett (centre) and his Australian teammates celebrate a wicket

Australia scored their first win of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, by a comfortable seven-wicket margin against Zimbabwe in Lincoln.

Their victory was set up by new-ball quick Xavier Bartlett, who, after his captain won the toss, knocked over the top three Zimbabwe batsmen inside 11 overs. Zimbabwe never recovered fom 34 for 3, regularly losing wickets to be dismissed for 134 in 33.2 overs. Robert Chimhinya top-scored for them with 27 at No. 8. Bartlett finished with 3 for 20, while Will Sutherland and Lloyd Pope claimed two each.

Australia’s openers Max Bryant and Jack Edwards set off at terrific speed in the chase, adding 46 in 4.2 overs before their stand was broken. Edwards was the first dismissed for 40 off 20, while Bryant made 44 off 27. They got home in 18.2 overs.

SUMMARY: Australia Under-19 135-3 (Bryant 44) beat Zimbabwe Under-19 134 (Bartlett 3-20) by seven wickets.


Ibrahim Zadran on the attack

Reigning Under-19 Asia Cup champions Afghanistan reprised their regional success on a global stage at the World Cup in New Zealand, defeating Sri Lanka by 32 runs on DLS Method in Whangerei.

Having already beaten Pakistan in Group D, Afghanistan clinched a place in the quarter-finals for the second time in their history, having done it in 2014 in the UAE before losing to eventual champions South Africa.

SUMMARY: Afghanistan Under-19 284-7 (Zadran 86, Ikram Ali 55, Rasooli 63) beat Sri Lanka Under-19 202 (Daniel 48, Naveen-ul-Haq 4-35) by 32 runs on DLS method.

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