ICC Under-19 World Cup February 14, 2014

All-round England stroll to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fifties from Ben Duckett and Ed Barnard, followed by a three-wicket haul from the seamer Will Rhodes, paved the way for England Under-19s' 213-run thrashing of UAE Under-19s in Abu Dhabi.

England, put in to bat, were dominant right from the start as the openers Jonathan Tattersall and Harry Finch raced to 71 in 11 overs to lay a solid platform. UAE fought back with three wickets, but Duckett and Barnard helped England wrest the advantage, combining for a fourth-wicket association that yielded 151 runs in just 122 balls. Both batsmen struck 12 fours each, but Barnard was the more aggressive, blasting a 73-ball 93 while Duckett hit 83 off 80 deliveries.

Medium-pacer Pankaj Prakash picked up three wickets for the hosts, but Duckett and Barnard's stand helped the team reach 315 for 8.

UAE had very little to show for in their chase, as they struggled to produce even a single meaningful partnership. Shivank Vijayakumar and the captain Rohit Singh were the only two batsmen to reach double digits, as the other nine batsmen contributed just 31 runs altogether. Rhodes finished with 3 for 14, while the other two fast bowlers Josh Shaw and Matthew Fisher chipped in with two scalps each to dismiss UAE for 102 in 33 overs.

A half-century from Sri Lanka Under-19s captain Kusal Mendis helped set up the team's 49-run victory against New Zealand Under-19s in Sharjah.

Sri Lanka, batting first, made a bright start as the openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu put up 48 in 6.1 overs before Dumindu was out for a 14-ball 17. Sri Lanka, however, regrouped and were buoyed by a 97-run partnership for the second wicket between Samarawickrama and Mendis. Samarawickrama eventually fell for 67 having struck six fours, while Mendis' 90 included 11 fours.

The medium-pacer Kyle Jamieson took four wickets to hamper Sri Lanka's progress, but handy knocks from Priyamal Perera and Thilaksha Sumanasiri pushed the team to a formidable 275 for 9.

New Zealand's top order all made starts, but none of the batsmen could convert it into a fifty. Robert O'Donnell top-scored with 43, and Raki Weerasundara and Luke Williamson chipped in with thirties, but New Zealand's slow progress was hampered by wickets at regular intervals. Binura Fernando, Anuk Fernando and Lakshan Jayasinghe each took two wickets to help restrict New Zealand to 226 for 8.

An all-round performance from Tinashe Kamunhukamwe helped Zimbabwe Under-19s to a six-wicket win against Canada Under-19s in Abu Dhabi.

Kamunhukamwe first picked up three wickets to restrict Canada to 192, before contributing 24 handy runs with the bat to aid Zimbabwe's chase. That Zimbabwe only had to chase 193 was mainly because of a batting collapse from Canada.

After putting up 50-plus stands for the third and fourth wickets, Canada slumped from 145 for 3 to 192 for 9. Nikhil Dutta was the pick of Canada's batsman, top-scoring with an unhurried 56 that included four fours. For Zimbabwe, Herbert Chikomba snatched two wickets before Kamunhukamwe ran through the tail.

Joylord Gumbie and Tarisai Musakanda got Zimbabwe's chase off to a flying start by putting up 95 in 16 overs, but once the pair fell in successive deliveries, the team slowed down. From there on, Charles Kunje dropped anchor, scoring a patient 42 not out to take Zimbabwe home in 43.5 overs.