Bancroft fashions Australia U-19 win
Australia Under-19s 240 (Bancroft 123, Greaves 3-41) beat West Indies Under-19s 177 (Brathwaite 74, Buchanan 2-13) by 63 runs
Australia Under-19s defeated West Indies Under-19s by 63 runs to go one up in the three-match Youth ODI series in Dubai.
Choosing to bat, Australia U-19s built their total around opener Cameron Bancroft, who scored a well-paced 123. None of the other batsmen were able to build an innings, the second-highest score being 31 by Meyrick Buchanan. Most of the damage with the ball was done by opening bowler Justin Greaves and offspinner John Campbell. The pair picked up six of the nine wickets to fall in the innings, keeping Australia U-19s to 240.
The chase briefly went the way of the first innings, with opener Kraigg Brathwaite anchoring the innings. But, unlike the Australia U-19 middle order which produced a few cameos to support Bancroft, just one of the seven West Indies U-19 batsmen to follow managed to get into double figures. By the time Brathwaite was dismissed, having scored 74 off 105, the chase was all but over with the scoreboard reading 130 for 8. The innings eventually folded on 177 with 5.5 overs going unused. The Australia U-19 bowlers shared the wickets around, four of the six used picking up two apiece.
The two teams face off in the second match on Tuesday.