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April 9, 2012
Joshua McClelland took four wickets to help Australia Under-19 beat New Zealand Under-19 by six wickets at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.
Australia struck early with Pat Cummins, who is hoping to make a comeback to the senior national team after injuring his foot in November 2011, dismissing New Zealand opener Joe Carter for a duck. Michael Davidson and Ben Horne put on a stand of 68 runs for the third wicket, before McClelland trapped Davidson lbw for 37. Thereafter it was a procession of wickets, with McClelland, Cummins and Meyrick Buchanan adding to their tally. New Zealand managed to last 48.4 overs, scoring 146.
Australia made a shaky start to their innings with opener Jimmy Peirson failing to score. Cameron Bancroft and William Bosisto put on a 79-run stand for the second wicket. Buchanan and McClelland took Australia over the line with 14.4 overs to spare.
The match between England and India's Under-19 teams turned out to be a cliffhanger, with England winning by four wickets and two balls to spare at Endeavour Park, Townsville.
Batting first, India set England 268, with opener Manan Vohra scoring 52. The middle order also put on a good show, with Vijay Zol scoring 60 and Akshdeep Nath remaining not out on 62.
The star of the day for England was Ben Foakes, who made 93, with eight fours. Foakes put on 78 for the second wicket with Daniel Bell-Drummond, who made 55 off 56 balls. England's middle-order batsman Craig Overton and Annesh Kapil held the innings together, scoring 68 and 25 respectively. The match went down to the last over, with tailender Sam Wood hitting a six off the first ball he faced, handing his side the win.
Australia will play New Zealand and England will play India in the semifinal on April 13.
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