Quadrangular Under-19 Series April 5, 2012

Bell-Drummond leads England U-19 home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond scored an unbeaten century to lead England Under-19 to a three-wicket victory against Australia Under-19 at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville. Bell-Drummond made 103 not out off 109 balls, single-handedly leading his team towards the target of 204, which was achieved with 21 balls to spare. Jamie Overton (28) was the only other batsman to make more than 20. Bell-Drummond's century was his third fifty-plus score in three consecutive innings, having made 55 and 51 in Bangladesh. He kept the chase steady despite England slipping to 46 for 3 and 118 for 5. Medium-pacer Gurinder Sandhu and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar took two wickets apiece for Australia. In the first innings, Australia had done well to score as many as they did (203 for 8) after being reduced to 129 for 7. Nick Stevens made 76 off 78 balls at No. 7 to lift his team. Left-arm medium-pacer Reece Topley and offspinner Sam Wood took three wickets each for England to limit the hosts.

New Zealand Under-19 crushed India Under-19 by six wickets after skittling them for a low total at Endeavour Park in Townsville. India were rocked after getting sent in, collapsing to 8 for 4 and then 64 for 8. Baba Aparajith scored an unbeaten 40 to take the score to 123 before the innings ended in 47 overs. Ish Sodhi took 3 for 25 for New Zealand, while Ed Nuttall, Jacob Duffy and Connor Neynens took claimed wickets each. New Zealand also lost three early wickets in their chase, but Joe Carter scored 45 and Nick Kelly an unbeaten 62 to lead their side home in 33.4 overs. Kamal Passi took all four wickets to fall, and finished with 4 for 25 for India.