Higgins, Tattersall lead England to final
England Under-19s 199 for 1 (Higgins 112*) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 198 (Joyraz 47, Fisher 3-33) by nine wickets
An unbeaten 183-run partnership between Ryan Higgins and Jonathan Tattersall led England Under-19s to a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh Under-19s, and a place in the final against Pakistan Under-19s on Monday.
Having set a target of 199, Bangladesh received an early boost when Harry Finch, whose unbeaten century had taken England home when the two sides had met on Tuesday, was dismissed in the fifth over. But Rifat Pradhan's success was an isolated event, with Higgins setting up England's advantage with a flurry of boundaries - hitting five in the four overs after Finch's exit.
Opener Tattersall dropped anchor, while Higgins was more adventurous, raising fifty with another four as the score ticked past hundred in the 21st over. Tattersall's 73 off 128 balls, with five fours and Higgins' maiden century, 112 off 102 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes ensured victory with nine overs to spare.
Bangladesh's decision to bat backfired, as their top three each departed for single-figure scores. Matthew Fisher, the 15-year old seamer who had become the youngest post-war county cricketer in June, had opener Mossadek Hossain caught behind and Sadman Islam holed out to Lewis McManus to leave Bangladesh at 15 for 3 in the sixth over.
A 55-run stand between captain Mehedy Hasan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto seemed to revive Bangladesh, but England struck back through seamer Will Rhodes who dismissed Mehedy in the 20th over. From 92 for 5, Joyraz Sheik looked to carry Bangladesh towards a competitive score, but Rhodes came back to dismiss him for 47 off 66 balls. No. 10 Pradhan's 15-ball 22, including a six and three fours took Bangladesh to the cusp of 200 before Fisher broke his stumps to claim his third wicket and end the innings.