Quadrangular Under-19 Series April 7, 2012

Patterson leads Australia's successful chase

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kurtis Patterson scored 99, and Travis Head and Meyrick Buchanan made half-centuries, to lead Australia Under-19 to a four-wicket victory in the final over against India Under-19 at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville. Chasing a target of 261, Australia lost two early wickets before they were steadied by a 103-run stand between Head and Patterson. They then took control of the game through a 98-run partnership between Patterson and Buchanan for the fourth wicket. After Patterson was stumped one short of a century, Australia lost two more wickets in quick time, but had done enough to ensure victory with five balls to spare. None of the Indian batsmen made a half-century in their innings but they were well placed for a formidable score at 191 for 4 in the 39th over. However, they lost four wickets for six runs, before No. 10 Kamal Passi hit 41 off 30 deliveries to boost the visitors to 261. Gurinder Sandhu and Ashton Agar took three wickets each for Australia.

England Under-19 beat New Zealand Under-19 comprehensively, easing home by nine wickets at the Endeavour Park Ground in Townsville. The pace-bowling duo of Aneesh Kapil and Adam Ball shared seven wickets to bowl out New Zealand for 78 in under 33 overs. Only four batsmen reached double-figures, the openers being among them. A steady start of 34 for 0 was in vain, as 10 wickets fell for 44. Kapil took 4 for 6 in five overs and Ball chipped in with three. England reached their target in just over 18 overs, opener Daniel Bell-Drummond remaining unbeaten on 41.