Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 11, 2016

Namibia Under-19s qualify for 2018 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Namibia Under-19s qualified for the 2018 World Cup following victory against Nepal Under-19s © ICC

Canada Under-19s routed Fiji Under-19s by eight wickets in a comfortable win in their 15th place playoff game in Cox's Bazar, after bowling them out for 83. Canada needed 20 overs to knock off the target of 84.

Fiji got off to a solid start after being inserted to bat, with the openers putting on 26 in 34 balls. Things fell apart thereafter, and they were soon bundled out for 83 in 28 overs. Opener Delaimatuku Maraiwai was the top-scorer with 14. Miraj Patel produced figures of 4 for 16, while Shlok Patel returned 3 for 18 from his 10 overs.

Canada's openers put on 58 in 84 balls, with Akash Gill making a patient 38. Fiji used seven bowlers, but only two of them could claim a wicket.

Michael van Lingen starred with bat and ball, guiding Namibia Under-19s to a 15-run win against Nepal Under-19s in Fatullah. The victory ensured Namibia finished seventh in the tournament and automatically qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Namibia, after opting to bat, lost Niko Davin off the first ball, but half-centuries from Lohan Louwrens (59) and van Lingen (58) powered the team to 225 for 9 from 45 overs. That total was also built on the back of a 99-run partnership for the sixth wicket between van Lingen and Francois Rautenbach.

Nepal began their chase well, courtesy a 97-run, second-wicket partnership between Sunil Dhamala (59) and Yogendra Singh Karki, but quick blows from van Lingen (4 for 24) and Fritz Coetzee (3 for 34) soon reduced them to 113 for 4. Nepal once again led a recovery through Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Singh Airee, but the dismissal of Aarif in the 36th over thwarted the team's momentum; as they eventually folded for 210.

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  • Subas on February 12, 2016, 0:30 GMT

    Well played Team Nepal, discovered Sandeep's leg spin, Prabin Sunil and Arif's allround, Raju's leadership, we have very bright days ahead....

  • CricketingStargazer on February 11, 2016, 13:40 GMT

    It is sad that Fiji end the tournament with six heavy defeats in six matches and not looking in any way competitive in any of them. Apart from Vuniwaqa who has 160 runs at 26.7, no other Fiji batsman has more than 69 runs in the tournament and no one else averages even 15 with the bat, although Tikoisuva has carried the attack and has finished a very creditable 5th highest wicket-taker. Kudos to Namibia for finishing 7th, well ahead of some much more fancied teams and to Nepal for the shear joy that they bring to the game.

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