WI fall short
QUEENSLAND – For the second occasion in the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup Tournament, the West Indies finished on the losing end of a close encounter last night.
A hard-hitting century by opener Sam Wood, cancelled out an equally classy ton from West Indies’ John Campbell and helped England to edge out the West Indies by 13 runs at Endeavour Park, Townsville. The result meant the regional side finished sixth in the tournament, one place after England.
Wood’s 104, laced with seven sixes and four boundaries, was the only notable innings for England after they were put into bat. West Indies bowlers took early wickets, but Wood continued to attack, especially during an 86-run fourth-wicket stand with Craig Overton.
Fast bowler Justin Greaves then had Overton out for 18 and Wood was run out in the next over. Greaves took two more wickets and even 200 looked improbable for England. However, an unbeaten 49-run last-wicket partnership between Tom Knight and Reece Topley frustrated West Indies and pushed England to 241.
West Indies lost opener Sunil Ambris in the first over of the chase, but Campbell, who had an otherwise miserable tournament with the bat, responded with a hundred (133 balls, eight fours, two sixes) and kept them abreast with the rate as regular wickets went down. But Campbell’s departure in the 45th over ended West Indies’ fight.
Last pair Ronsford Beaton and Man-of-the Match in the win against Pakistan, Derone Davis, came together at 222 for 9 with 20 runs still needed for victory. But Davis was unable to repeat his batting heroics of the previous match and Reece Topley bowled him in the 49th over to hand West Indies their second loss of the tournament following the heartbreaker against New Zealand.
Wood was adjudged Man-of-the Match.
In other matches, Anamul Haque became the first batsman to score two centuries in the tournament as he steered Bangladesh to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in their 7th place play-off in Townsville. Anamul scored 128 from 112 deliveries as Bangladesh chased 236 for victory, and his 179-run third-wicket stand with Litton Das (53) proved the difference between the two sides.
Anamul confirmed himself as the tournament’s leading run scorer with his innings, although he was dismissed with 19 runs still required. Two more wickets fell after Anamul but Bangladesh had enough batsmen left to cruise to their win and finish at 239 for 5 with 22 balls to spare.
Pakistan had been sent in by Bangladesh and got away to a disappointing start, slumping to 33 for 3 in the eighth over as Dewan Sabbir picked up two early wickets. Mohammad Nawaz (82) led the recovery from Pakistan and there were also useful contributions from Faraz Ali (43) and Shahid Ilyas (44), but their 235 for 8 was insufficient against Anamul and his colleagues.
Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with an unbeaten 76 as Sri Lanka registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in the Plate Final in Brisbane. Sri Lanka were set a modest target of 195 and were always in control. Dickwella partnered Angelo Jayasinghe and Sandun Weerakkody for consecutive half-century stands as they completed the chase with 11 overs to spare.
Afghanistan chose to bat but all of their top-order batsmen failed to convert their starts, losing regular wickets, and failing to get momentum in their innings. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso bowled a stifling spell of 10-0-19-2 while Lahiru Madushanka picked three wickets.
A solid all-round effort from Scotland ensured a five-wicket win over Ireland in their 11th place play-off at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane. Ireland chose to bat and despite struggling to 40 for 4, and then 75 for 6,
Tyrone Kane was able to rebuild the innings with 78 from 121 balls that helped Ireland to 182 before they were dismissed in the 50th over. Aman Bailwal picked up 3 for 38 for Scotland and Ruaidhri Smith grabbed 3 for 48.
Scotland’s chase began solidly as the openers both made important contributions, Ross McLean with 47 and Mathew Cross with 30. Nicholas Farrar also chipped in with 38 and despite an economical effort from the captain George Dockrell (1 for 22 from 10 overs) Ireland just didn’t have enough runs on the board to challenge Scotland, who cruise to their target with 50 balls to spare.
The final of the tournament is on Sunday (tomorrow night local time) between Australia and India.