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December 8, 2013
England U-19s 300 for 6 (Clarke 81*, Bernard 53) beat UAE U-19s 258 (Suri 70, Singh 58, Tattersall 3-34) by 42 runs
England Under-19s began their campaign in style as they held on to a 42-run victory over UAE Under-19s, with Joe Clarke's late, unbeaten 64-ball 81 proving the difference between the two sides in their match at the Nursery Oval in Abu Dhabi. England won the toss and elected to bat, with the openers putting on 33. Once Ryan Higgins was run out for 23, England suffered a couple of blows in the eight and ninth over to leave them at a dodgy 47 for 3. A fourth-wicket stand of 87 between Jonathan Tattersall and captain Ed Barnard helped steady the ship, with Barnard falling for 53. Tattersall's innings came to an end on 40, and knocks from Will Rhodes (35), Clarke and Rob Jones (37*) helped propel England to 300 for 6 after 50 overs.
UAE began confidently, with the openers adding 45 for the first wicket. Once wicketkeeper S Vijayakumar fell on 23, this brought captain Rohit Singh to the crease, and together with Chirag Suri, the pair put on 107 runs for the second wicket. With UAE cruising on 152 for 1 in the 31st over, it looked as though they had set up a decent platform to see off the chase, but Tattersall chipped in with two vital breaks as UAE went from 152 for 1 to 190 for 5 by the 39th over. With half of the side in the pavilion, and still requiring 110 runs off just 11 overs, the task was too great as UAE stumbled to 258. Suri ended up top-scoring with 70, while Tattersall added to his 40 from the first innings with 3 for 34 in seven overs.
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