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.

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  • ZCF on February 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @grahaam I think we both know what you really meant so let's not play this game here. @MeijiMura, I agree, they've been a bit inconsistent. But we must understand that ZIM u19s can get better. Musoko probably kept out because there's only 2/3 players I think who are ahead of the September cut-off date who are allowed to play. Again even if he was selected, because he can be seriously quick for this age group it raises further questions since some teams have 15/16 year olds. That's another reason why the XI is deliberately "weakened" but I think there's unoffical agreements as well that other guys like Lake&Burl cannot bat higher up the order.

    Plenty of questions, no clear answers. WI are favourites to beat us, but it will be a contest. Remember, we selected the maximum allowed of 5 from the previous edition, so we shouldn't be surprised to see ZIM doing well. We've done well before when we did that with the generation of Nkala, Panyangara, Williams, Chigumbura, Taylor, Cameron etc.

  • Justin on February 15, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Let's not get carried away. Canada are only making up the numbers in this tournament. A much better idea of where both the West Indies (having been comprehensively beaten by SA) and Zimbabwe (having beaten lowly and internationally irrelevant Canada) are at will come from their game tomorrow. I noticed that Zimbabwe defeated Australia in a warm-up game but lost to the UAE who lost by over 200 runs to England yesterday. That suggests some inconsistency in their performances. It's a must-win game against the West Indies so hopefully they'll be switched out from the first ball until the last. We'll find out soon enough.

  • Graham on February 14, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Good win for Zim as I said in my post for Zim cricket to remain in major League Cricket against the rising tide, they must perform at all levels , thus indicating strength and depth , coupled with good use of ICC funds . these factors demonstrate a commitment to cricket above all else, I did not predict doom for these young lads ..and was the first to wish Zim U19S well for the tournament. I therefore ask ZCFOUTKAST to explain why he states I was predicting gloom ....a retraction of his comment would be appropriate,,,but unlikely!!!.

  • ZCF on February 14, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @grahaam was predicting doom for our u19 stars in the strike thread, but they proved otherwise. Good bowling upfront from Chikomba, Jongwe&Mambo. Kamunhukame's offspin bamboozled the Canadian tail it seems. Tidy spin from Bell considering he's a leg spinner, and valuable choice as an overage inclusion. Clearly spin is the way to go in these wickets!

    As always, with a plethora of Asian migrants one would've expected the Canadians to better deal with spin but that wasn't the case. Zimbabwe are arguably the cricket country which produces the best spinners outside the subcontinent teams. Utseya,Maruma,Mugava,Mushangwe,Cremer,Kamungozi,Mutombodzi all exceptional young talents as far as spinners go.

    Our batsmen did not disappoint. Gumbie&Musakanda laid a wonderful platform. After displaying his allround skills with the ball, Kamunhukamwe batted well before a runout cut him short. Kunje & our superb young seamer-allrounder Jongwe(no doubt Chigumbura's successor) finished the job with ease.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Welldone SL..In 2010 SL had the best team of the tournament but couldn`t win..This time SL should win

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