England v Bangladesh, Under-19 tri-series, Worcester August 15, 2013

Higgins, Tattersall lead England to final

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Shipu on August 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @avmd:- lol mate honestly this is probably the weakest Bangladesh under-19 team in a very long time and if my memory serves me right, beat your team in your first match of the tournament. Just like to remind you overall Bangladesh leads England under-19 by a large distance. We know our team extremely well than you so of course we have a bright future since our senior teams is the youngest and have already beaten and can compete with the likes of India, Sri Lanka, West Indies etc in the last year or so. The likes of Anamul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi etc all recently played for the under-19 team and now look how they are succeeding in the national team :P so of course our under-19 team right now will be pretty weak but that's of no concern to us right now since our senior team is by far the youngest and are delivering.

  • Tony on August 16, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    avmd, I'm not sure if that's right - Bangladesh beat England in one of the earlier round-robin games, and had Pakistan at 20-4 in a game that was rained off, so they were certainly making a good fight of it.

  • Avais on August 16, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Games against such a weak team like Bangla Desh is not the best preparation for the coming world cup, England should have invited some other team for tir-nation, even SL. BD's future doesn't seem much brighter. Senior team is not making any progress after 20 years and now juniors are not giving much hopes either, disappointing.

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