Under-19 World Cup, 2013-14 February 18, 2014

England, West Indies, SL through to quarter-finals

ESPNcricinfo staff

A half-century from Ryan Higgins and a three-wicket new-ball burst from Matthew Fisher led England Under-19s to a 115-run win over New Zealand Under-19s and, with it, a place in the quarter-finals.

Higgins, batting at No. 3, made a 123-ball 83, with five fours and two sixes, and held together England's innings after they had chosen to bat. Higgins shared stands of 57 for the second wicket with Harry Finch, 46 for the fifth wicket with Will Rhodes and 64 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Joe Clarke to take his team to 199 for 4 in the 47th over, before both he and Clarke fell at the same score.

Clarke struck six fours in a 23-ball 33. That double strike didn't slow England's progress, however, as Rob Sayer and Rob Jones pushed their total to 229 for 8 with a partnership of 28 off just 15 balls. Seamer Brett Randell was New Zealand's most successful bowler with three wickets, while spinners Jeremy Benton and Dane Watson, between them, conceded just 54 in 20 overs, while picking up a wicket apiece.

New Zealand lost opener Tim Seifert for a first-ball duck, Fisher swinging one into him to trap him leg-before. Over the rest of his first spell, Fisher struck two more times, leaving New Zealand 33 for 3 in the 11th over. Opener Raki Weerasundara then added 29 with Shawn Hicks before he fell for a 62-ball 41. These were to remain the best partnership and highest score of the innings, as New Zealand subsided to a disappointing 114 in 36.1 overs. Seamer Jack Winslade and spinners Sayer and Jones picked up two wickets apiece.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul produced his second consecutive Player-of-the-Match winning performance to confirm West Indies' entry to the knock-out stage of the competition. Chanderpaul missed his century by seven runs, but his innings ensured West Indies put up a strong total and scored a comfortable 63-run win against Canada.

Chanderpaul added 62 for the first wicket with Shimron Hetmyer after West Indies chose to bat, and strengthened the team's position with a 95-run stand for the second wicket with Jeremy Solozano. The thrust for the innings, though, came through Nicolas Pooran, who smashed an unbeaten 67 off 41 balls, hitting three fours and four sixes. West Indies slowed down a touch after losing Solozano and Jonathan Drakes in quick succession, but Pooran added 77 for the fourth wicket with Chanderpaul in 10.1 overs, before unleashing the big shots. The last 10 balls of the innings pushed West Indies' total up by 31, with Pooran doing maximum damage.

Canada crossed the 100-mark with only two wickets lost, but their scoring rate remained slow. Nikhil Dutta and Tahla Shaikh put on 88 for the fourth wicket, but once Shaikh was run out, the next six wickets only added 29 runs.

A quick hundred from opener Hashan Dumindu charged Sri Lanka to the quarter-finals with an eight-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Sharjah. Chasing 206, Sri Lanka achieved the target with nearly seven overs to spare for their third consecutive win to top Group D.

UAE could not make the most of their decision to bat, even though they got a stable start. After the opening stand of 51 was broken in the 15th over, No. 3 Shorye Chopra upped the run rate with a 77-ball 69. He helped the team cross 150 but was caught in the 38th over. UAE lost their remaining five wickets for 52 runs as left-arm seamer Binura Fernando took the last two wickets within three deliveries to dismiss UAE for 205. Anuk Fernando and Harsha Rajapaksha also picked up two wickets each.

Sri Lanka lost their opener Sadeera Samarawickrama in the sixth over but Dumindu stitched a stand of 94 for the second with Kusal Mendis, before the latter was run out for 45. Dumindu and Hashen Ramanayake then took them home with a partnership of 88 runs in less than 18 overs. While Dumindu struck 11 fours and a six for his unbeaten 113, Ramanayake was 34 not out with a four and a six.

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  • Manoj on February 19, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    @Muhammad Azam : Group A plays with Group D. Group A leaders India plays with Group D runners up England. Group D leaders SL plays with Group A runners up Pak.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    @Muhammad Azam, The qurter final is bet A2 vs D1. SL is confirmed as D1. If Ind and Pak both win Ind will play against SL.

  • Justin on February 19, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    NZ were highly competitive in their game against England for the first 40 overs of the England innings, but then fell away dramatically in the last ten overs when they bowled and fielded pathetically and they continued playing in that fashion when they came out to bat. At the end of the the day NZ were just making up the numbers in this tournament. If England meet India as expected in the quarter-finals then we are in for a much better contest and we'll find out just how good England actually are or aren't. As for the West Indies they might have found something in Tagenarine Chanderpaul. They are desperately in need of someone to come in at the top of the order and provide a stable presence at the crease with the powers of concentration required to bat all day irrespective of the number of runs being scored in the day - exactly like his father. ODI cricket might not be his forte, but Test Cricket certainly is. I would have him playing Test Cricket as soon as possible.

  • ESPN on February 18, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Good to see all this talents coming through. So far the SL's have played very well. Hope they carry this through to th final and beat India to win the cup. It's been too long since we last won the World Cup. Go Lions go!

  • Venkat on February 18, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I have practised with Nikhil Dutta and he is certainly a class act. Very very sad that he is playing for Canada wherre the sport is not treated proessionaly. A good offspinner too, hope he gets to play at the big stage someday.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @i_amVIVA: Shivnarine Chanderpaul is called "the tiger"... his son, Tagenarine, is "the young tiger"

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    @NALINWIJ and how does Pakistan plays with Srilanka when India are about to thrash Papa New Guinea tomorrow??

  • Lakpriya on February 18, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    This clearly shows that there is plenty of cricketing talent in WI especially in junior levels. but when they go to the next level i heard that some of them leave to North America in search of other careers like basketball and baseball. And who ever left to play cricket starts to focus on T20 format instead of longer versions. I think it is high time that WICB look into these and try to come up with something before WI cricket disappears from World cricket, cricket as a sport has much more color when WI is doing well.

  • ESPN on February 18, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Good luck young Windies!

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Well done young Lions!! Best of luck for the quarters ad the rest of the matches

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