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West Indies easily beat an ICC Americas XI in the semi-finals of the CLICO International Under-15 Championship, setting up a final against Pakistan, who edged out Bangladesh in the other semi-final.
West Indies restricted ICC Americas to 166 in their 50 overs, with John Campbell doing most of the damage with 6 for 43 after they had seemed on course for a much higher total thanks to Abhijit Joshi (50) and Nitish Kumar (39). Kraigg Brathwaite was again amongst the runs for the West Indies. He followed his century against Malaysia with 65 not out, and with Raymond Senior making an unbeaten 68, the West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket win with 23 overs in hand.
Pakistan were strolling to victory over Bangladesh at 99 for 1 chasing 131, but from there they crashed to 120 for 8, Zazeef Ahmed grabbing 5 for 23, before their ninth-wicket pair scrambled them over the finishing line.
West Indies 168 for 2 (Senior 68, Brathwaite 65*) beat ICC Americas XI 166 (Joshi 50, Kumar 39; Campbell 6-43, Hodge 2-10) by eight wickets
Pakistan 132 for 8 (Mohammed Naeem 52, Ashan Ali 44; Zazeef Ahmed 5-23, Mohammed Asif Hasan 2-15) beat Bangladesh 131 (Ratnak Saha 46, Rakin Ahmed 28; Syed Kumail Abbas 3-34, Waqar Khan 2-8, Zafar Gohar 2-23) by two wickets
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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.