U-19 WORLD CUP: Young’s late blast steers WI to four-wicket win

SUMMARY: West Indies U19s 281-6 (Young 55*,Yadram 53, Stewart 50, Kallicharan 46, Neville 2-53) beat Ireland U19s 278-8 (Rock 91, Tector 69, Royal 3-59) by four wickets

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Nyeem Young’s 33-ball 55, aided by significant contributions from Bhaskar Yadram, Emmanuel Stewert and Kirstan Kallicharan, helped West Indies chase 279 as they beat Ireland by four wickets with 10 balls remaining in Lincoln.

Batting first, Ireland’s Mark Donegan and captain Harry Tector held the top-order together, making scores of 38 and 69 respectively, but it was Neil Rock at No. 6, who steered Ireland towards a 270-plus score with 91 off 101 balls.

West Indies started their chase with a substantial opening partnership of 75 between Yadram (53 off 48 balls) and Kimani Melius, before Morgan Topping removed the former in the 13th over. West Indies then slipped to 103-3 before Stewart and Kallicharan added 62 runs for the fourth wicket, the partnership broken by a run-out.

When Kallicharan fell to Tector for 46 in the 39th over, West Indies still needed 85 to win. But Young made his way to the crease and finished the chase within the next 10 overs, slamming eight fours and a six during to his half-century.

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Pope’s 8-35 lifts Australia into semi-finals

Lloyd Pope’s legbreaks dismantled England to 96 all out

In what was the match of the tournament thus far, Australia defended 128 in style in Queenstown to progress to the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup, leaving England shellshocked in the process. England had bowled out Australia cheaply and were cruising at 47 for 0 before Lloyd Pope’s legbreaks dismantled England to 96 all out.

On an afternoon when both sides ensured the fall of wickets outpaced the quota of morning and afternoon arrivals at the neighboring airstrip to Jon Davies Oval, Pope’s top-quality bowling ripped open the game for Australia.

His 8-35 nailed England’s batsmen in an unbroken spell that drew batsmen out and had them driving and defending from the rough. Even better was captain Jason Sangha’s swift reflexes and catching at slip that accounted for the big wicket of opener Tom Banton after he had raced to a 53-ball 58, eating away more than a third of the target before the lunch break.

SUMMARY: Australia Under-19 127 (Sangha 58, Jacks 3-21, Pennington 3-27, Bamber 3-31) beat England U-19 96 (Banton 58, Pope 8-35) by 31 runs.

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Boyagoda’s 191 leads 311-run rout of Kenya

Sri Lankan players celebrate a wicket

Sri Lanka opener Hasitha Boyagoda and left-arm spinner Haren Buddila lead a brutal rout of Kenya, of 311 runs in the ninth place playoff in Lincoln. Boyagoda racked up the highest score in Under-19 ODIs, scoring 191 off 152 balls, as he took Sri Lanka Under-19 to their highest-ever ODI total of 419-4. In reply, Kenya were bowled out for 108 with a four-for from Buddila.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka’s openers brought up 87 runs in 11.2 overs. Boyagoda went on to stitch a 147-run partnership with Nishan Madushka (60) for the second wicket, and was then involved in an 89-run partnership with Jehan Daniel (37 off 24).

Kenya seamers Sachin Bhudia and Jasraj Kundi were thrashed for over 60 runs in their respective six-over spells. It was Rene Were who found some respite with Boyagoda’s wicket, but after the batsman had struck 28 fours and two sixes. Soon, an unbeaten 21-ball 53 from captain Kamindu Mendis took Sri Lanka’s total past 400.

SUMMARY: Sri Lanka 419-4 (Boyagoda 191, Madushka 60) beat Kenya 108 (Ochieng 45, Buddila 4 for 27) by 311 runs.

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