ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 14
Mumbai, Aug 14: Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa registered victories on the fourth day of the ICC U19 CWC 2012.
Australia beat Ireland at Endeavour Park in Townsville by six wickets. After electing to bat first, the Ireland innings was wrapped-up for 129 in 42.5 overs. With three for 13 in eight overs, Alex Gregory caused irrecoverable damage to the Irish. Shane Cassell then claimed three more while Gurinder Sandhu picked two. In an innings where Ireland kept losing wickets at regular intervals, Ryan Hunter was the top-scorer with 31.
The home team chased down the target in 40.3 overs. Losing the top three batsmen for 45, Australia were in a similar precarious position as Ireland at that stage. But William Bosisto anchored the innings and ensured victory for his team. The captain, coming in at No. 4 remained unbeaten on 36 and was ably supported by Sam Hain 26* while Travis Head chipped in with 25.
New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight runs in a tight finish. After electing to bat first, the young Kiwis lost the top three wickets with just 20 runs on the board. However, middle-order batsmen Robert O’Donnell (69) and Henry Walsh (52) took them to a defendable target. With Cam Fletcher adding 17 and Jacob Duffy contributing 15 off 11 lower down the order to help New Zealand post198 runs. Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai picked four-wickets apiece as they bowled NZ out in 50 overs.
Defending a modest total Matthew Quinn and Duffy ran through the Afghanistan batting line-up. The batting side were reeling at five for 26 and kept losing wickets at frequent intervals. Najibullah Zadran and Afsar Khan played valuable knocks of 69 and 42 to put-up a fight but couldn’t take their team across the line. Quinn finished with 9-2-26-4 while Duffy too picked a four-for.
India beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs courtesy a fantastic six-wicket haul by Kamal Passi playing in his first match of the tournament . Read the full report here.
South Africa defeated Namibia by a massive 209-run margin at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. Opting to bat first the SA openers slammed tons to help them reach 359/6 in 50 overs. Quinton de Kock slammed 126 off 106 while captain Chad Bowes scored 115 off as many balls.
Chasing the mammoth total, Namibia were bowled out for 150 in 46 overs with Theunis de Bruyn picking four scalps for 20 runs in five overs.