Tagenarine Chanderpaul stars in West Indies' big win
An unbeaten 84 from the opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul paved the way for West Indies Under-19s' 167-run thrashing of Zimbabwe Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Chanderpaul struck six fours during his knock, and forged fifty-plus partnerships with Shimron Hetmyer and Jonathan Drakes to shepherd the team to a formidable 275 for 6. Hetmyer hit eight fours but fell one short of a half-century, while Drakes' 54-ball 50 included six fours.
Zimbabwe were unable to gather any momentum during the chase and lost wickets right from the off. Only three batsmen reached double digits, while their highest contribution was an undefeated 45 from Kieran Gayle all the way down at No. 8. West Indies' seamers Ray Jordan and Preston McSween shared six wickets between them to bundle Zimbabwe out for 108 inside 40 overs.
New Zealand Under-19s captain Robert O'Donnell's unbeaten century helped the team comprehensively defeat the United Arab Emirates Under-19s by 112 runs in Sharjah. New Zealand, electing to bat, lost three quick wickets, but O'Donnell and Shawn Hicks led a counterattack by combining for a fourth-wicket association that yielded 145 runs. Hicks eventually fell for 70, but Leo Carter and O'Donnell added 86 in just 53 deliveries to lift New Zealand to 281 for 5. O'Donell finished with 107, having hit six fours and four sixes.
UAE's chase was hampered by early wickets and the team soon stumbled to 96 for 6 before Chirag Suri and Omer Mohammad briefly stopped the slide with a 34-run partnership. However, once Suri fell for 57, the tail folded and UAE were bowled out for 169. Medium-pacer Jack Hunter was the pick of New Zealand's bowlers and finished with 3 for 32.
An all-round display from Yaseen Valli made the difference in South Africa Under-19s' 45-run victory against Canada Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Valli first scored an unbeaten hundred to propel South Africa to 293, before taking four wickets to rattle Canada's top- and middle-order to restrict the team to 248.
South Africa, put in to bat, lost Clyde Fortuin early, but Aiden Markram and Kirwin Christoffels stabilised the innings with a second-wicket stand worth 58. Christoffels eventually fell for 57, but Valli and Bradel Dial forged another big partnership - 102 for the fifth wicket- to take the attack to the Canada bowlers. Valli blasted a total of 10 fours and two sixes during his 92-ball 102, while Dial's quick 47 included four fours and one six.
Canada began the chase brightly as their top order all chipped in with handy contributions, led by Sudeepta Aurka's 69 and Nitish Kumar's 53. However, Valli's strikes at regular intervals kept Canada's run-rate down. It eventually cost them, as from 204 for 3 in the 42nd over, the team fell to 222 for 8 by the end of the 46th over.