Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 4, 2016

Phillips blitz hands NZ U-19 easy win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Under-19s strolled to a comfortable seven-wicket win in their ninth-place playoff quarter-final against Scotland Under-19s in Cox's Bazar. Glenn Phillips thrashed a 40-ball 89, an innings laden with 11 fours and six sixes, in the chase of 182 to help NZ romp to the target with 23 overs to spare.

Phillips added a 98-run opening stand off 70 balls with Daniel Stanley, who contributed 9 of those. Christian Leopard (25 off 37), Josh Finnie (30 off 29) and Finn Allen (31 off 20) contributed to help seal the chase. Haris Aslam picked up two of the tree wickets to fall.

Earlier, Scotland chose to bat and were given a solid start through a 37-run opening stand. However, wickets fell with regularity thereafter. A score of 78 for 2 quickly turned to 135 for 6 as the bowlers chipped away. Owais Shah top-scored with 32 off 66 balls. Left-arm quick Ross ter Braak returned figures of 3 for 34, while Nathan Smith and Felix Murray claimed two scalps apiece.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne compiled a solid 77 to lift South Africa Under-19s to an eight-wicket win against Ireland Under-19s. Ireland stumbled early after choosing to bat, and were quickly reduced to 71 for 5 in the 23rd over. Lorcan Tucker, Ireland's wicketkeeper, also struck 77, off 98 balls, and was the only batsman to cross 20 in the innings.

The lower and middle order struggled for fluency and were ultimately restricted to 185 for 7. Dayyaan Galiem was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 10-3-22-2. Spinners Sean Whitehead and Luke Philander failed to pick up a wicket, but conceded a combined 64 in 20 overs.

Liam Smith (49) and Verreynne strung together 104 in 159 balls to ease South Africa into the ascendancy. The rest of the chase was a canter, as Wiaan Mulder contributed with 43 to help SA to the target with four overs to spare.

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  •   Andrew Carrot on February 5, 2016, 0:26 GMT

    NZ's team was announced in December 2015 and brought together in January 2016. NZ under-19 players take their important university entrance exams in late November, and no attempt was made by NZC to disrupt that important process by bringing the team together any earlier than it did. Quite thoughtful, actually.

  • anshu.s on February 4, 2016, 11:21 GMT

    @THERISINGTEAM: I have to agree with you here, now all Kiwis and Saffer can do is restore some pride in Plate division, apart from India and BD and then Eng,Pak,SL the quality of the teams have been poor. In First two Q/F both Ind and BD are hot favorites with due respect to both Nepal and Namibia, Hope i have not jinxed them , looking ahead could it be a Ind v/s BD final ??

  • TheRisingTeam on February 4, 2016, 10:04 GMT

    How embarrassing that both NZ and SA are playing for the plate championship. Mind you, NZ were even fighting for the plate championship in the last tournament, and guess what? they couldn't even win it.

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