Sri Lanka, UAE and Scotland win in U-19 World Cup warm-ups


Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Scotland all recorded impressive victories as the warm-up matches for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup continued in the Caribbean on Monday.

In Guyana, Sri Lanka notched a 128-run triumph over Ireland and Scotland were winners by 107 runs over Uganda, while the biggest win of the day came in St. Kitts for UAE, as they were 250-run victors over Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s scheduled warm-up match against England was postponed due to delays in the Afghanistan squad obtaining the necessary visas to enter the West Indies.

The ICC U-19 Men’s CWC starts on January 14, with all teams now entering the final stages of preparation.

Sri Lanka shine in shortened match

SUMMARY: Sri Lanka 233-7 from 43 overs (Shevon Daniel 75 retired not out, Ranuda Somarathne 33; Nathan McGuire 2-40, Daniel Forkin 1-21) vs Ireland 104 all out from 31.4 overs (Joshua Cox 45*, Scott MacBeth 11; Wanuja Sahan 3-5, Chamidu Wickramasinghe 2-7)

Despite overnight rain in Guyana shortening the match between Sri Lanka and Ireland to 43 overs per side, Shevon Daniel helped lead the Sri Lankans to an impressive 128-run victory.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl, but opener Daniel attacked from the off as he scored 75 from 72 balls, including eight fours and a six.

Opening partner Chamidu Wickramasinghe being run out for five and number three Sakuna Liyanage being trapped LBW by pick of the Irish bowlers Nathan McGuire (2-40) couldn’t slow Daniel, who retired not out with the score at 122-2.

The middle order picked up the slack from there as Sadisha Rajapaksa (22), Pawan Pathiraja (25) and Ranuda Somarathne (33) all had cameos to push the Sri Lanka total to 233-7 from 43 overs – with three of the dismissals being run outs.

In response, the Ireland top order failed to build a foundation with Wickramasinghe clean bowling both opener Liam Doherty and captain Tim Tector to end with figures of 2-7 from four overs before Wanuja Sahan (3-5) picked up the mantle to cheaply dismiss Philippus le Roux, Scott MacBeth and McGuire.

Number three Joshua Cox was the lone source of Irish resistance as he resiliently made 44 from 86 balls, but with wickets tumbling at the other end, there was little he could do to stop his side being dismissed for 105 from 31.4 overs – Jamie Forbes the last man out when he was bowled by Matheesha Pathirana for a duck.

The 128-run triumph was the perfect tonic for Sri Lanka as they continue preparations for a group that includes Australia, hosts West Indies and Scotland at the upcoming ICC U-19 Men’s CWC.

UAE lay down a marker

SUMMARY: United Arab Emirates 321-5 from 50 overs (Kai Smith 145, Dhruv Parashar 52, Punya Mehra 41; Barnabas Maha 1-33, John Kariko 1-40) vs Papua New Guinea 71 all out from 28 overs (Christopher Kilapat 27, Peter Karoho 14; Aayan Khan 3-10, Adihya Shetty 2-10, Nilansh Keswani 2-16)

United Arab Emirates impressed with both bat and ball as they recorded a dominant 250-run victory over Papua New Guinea in Basseterre.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, UAE opener Kai Smith set about punishing that decision with a brilliant innings of 145 that came off just 139 balls.

Smith plundered 19 fours and a six as he built three big partnerships with his top-order teammates, starting with an opening stand of 72 alongside Shival Bawa, before Bawa was caught by Malcolm Aporo off the bowling of John Kariko for 23.

Dhruv Parashar came to the crease and made 52 in a partnership of 133 before a third-wicket stand of 77 with Punya Mehra (41 off 25) took the UAE total towards 300.

Smith finally perished for 145 with just 13 balls remaining in the innings and the score on 298 before UAE took their final total up to 321-5 from 50 overs.

Their bowlers then capitalised on that mammoth target as Papua New Guinea were reduced to 22-4, with Ali Naseer taking 1-3 with three maidens in a suffocating five-over spell, as fellow opener Nilansh Keswani (2-16) helped himself to a pair of wickets at the other end.

PNG opener Peter Karoho (14 from 18) and number six Christopher Kilapat (27 off 40) were the only batters to reach double figures as Aayan Khan’s 3-10 helped skittle them for just 71 from 28 overs and seal a 250-run triumph.

Scotland impress to beat Uganda

SUMMARY: Scotland 219-9 from 50 overs (Charlie Tear 50, Jack Jarvis 33; Edwin Nuwagaba 3-29, Juma Miyaji 2-30) vs Uganda 112 all out from 31.2 overs (Cyrus Kakuru 25, Ronald Lutaaya 17; Oliver Davidson 3-14, Jamie Cairns 3-15)

Scotland may only have been a late replacement for New Zealand in the 2022 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, but they signalled their intention to make some noise in the West Indies with a 107-run warm-up win over Uganda.

Batting first, they posted a creditable total of 219-9 from their 50 overs, with opener Charlie Tear steering the innings as he made 50.

In fact, Scotland received useful runs all the way down the order as Sam Elstone hit 29, Jack Jarvis contributed 33 before being run out and Charlie Peet added 26 late on.

The Ugandan bowlers did take wickets at regular intervals with Edwin Nuwagaba (3-29) and Juma Miyaji (2-30) doing most of the damage, but the Scots still gave themselves a target to defend.

Uganda made a promising start with the bat, reaching 41-0 in the ninth over, but would go on to lose all 10 wickets for just 71 runs thereafter.

It was a run out that finally broke the opening partnership as Ronald Lutaaya departed for 17 before Oliver Davidson (3-14) dismissed three of the top five and another run out left them at 63-5.

Scotland skipper Jamie Cairns went on to get himself a three-wicket haul for the concession of just 15 runs as Cyrus Kakuru (top scorer with 25), Pius Oloka (5) and Miyaji (2) all fell to the slow left-armer.

Nuwagaba was the last man out for five off the bowling of Lyle Robertson in a total of 112 as Uganda slipped to 107-run defeat in 31.2 overs. (ICC)

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