West Indies U-19s level series with convincing win
West Indies Under-19s 267 for 9 (Hodge 52, Allison 4-52) beat Australia Under-19s 165 (Gotch 65, Jones 3-32) by 102 runs
An impressive all-round performance by West Indies Under-19s resulted in them beating Australia Under-19s convincingly at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, to level the three-match Youth ODI series 1-1. Australia won the toss, but surprisingly chose to field despite having won batting first in the opening match.
West Indies took advantage, putting up a score of 267, which proved 102 runs too much for Australia to chase. It was a team effort from West Indies with the bat. Each of their top seven batsmen went past 20, and though only Kavem Hodge went on to get a half-century, the string of contributions ensured a big total. Australia's bowlers found the going tough; seamer Jeremy Allison was the most successful in terms of wicket with 4 for 52, while legspinner Ashton Agar was the most economical going for just 27 runs in his 10 overs.
Australia's reply got off to a dreadful start as they slipped to 13 for 3. Opener James Peirson and captain Sebastian Gotch then built a 77-run partnership, but once Peirson fell for 45, the rest of the batting did not put up much resistance and Australia were bowled out for 165 in 39.1 overs. Seamer Jerome Jones finished with three wickets, and there were four run-outs in Australia's innings.
The teams play the third ODI on April 21.