West Indies v Zimbabwe, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville August 16, 2012

West Indies top Group C with easy win

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West Indies Under-19s 150 for 4 (Brathwaite 70*) beat Zimbabwe Under-19s 148 (Hosein 2-16) by six wickets
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West Indies commanded top spot in Group C of the Under-19 World Cup, with another collective bowling performance setting up their third victory in three matches. Their fast bowlers struck early and there was no easing of pressure from the spinners either, as Zimbabwe were limited to a below-par total on a small ground at Endeavour Park

The West Indian chase, however, did not begin smoothly - they lost two wickets in the third over - but Kraigg Brathwaite stayed firm at his end to see the chase through. The only Test batsman in the tournament, Brathwaite was undefeated on 70 when the target was achieved in the 36th over. West Indies will now face New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

"You don't play four quicks to bat first," West Indies coach Roddy Estwick said after his team had won the toss. Ronsford Beaton led the attack once again,giving away nothing at his end. In his fourth over, he produced a bouncer that reared up at Luke Masasire and kissed the glove on the way through to the wicketkeeper Sunil Ambris. That was the only wicket Beaton would pick up during an incredibly economical spell of 9-4-9-1. Two balls later, left-arm fast bowler Jerome Jones got Matthew Bentley nicking to Ambris as well.

Allrounder Kyle Mayers could have had Ryan Burl in his first over but Kavem Hodge dropped the top-edged hook at third man. Mayers got Kevin Kasuza instead, bowled by a straight ball that the batsman played across to. Burl went on to play a proper hook against Justin Greaves, hitting the ball over the boundary of the adjacent ground, where India were batting against Papua New Guinea. He didn't last long, though, and was caught behind for 13.

Zimbabwe continued to struggle against pace and also against spin. The left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein bowled three maidens in his 10-over spell of 2 for 16. His first wicket was that of Malcolm Lake, who had scored a blistering century against India. Lake was Zimbabwe's top scorer once again, making 31 before chipping the ball back to Hosein in the 32nd over. The tail managed to survive through to 50 overs, finishing on 148 for 8. West Indies conceded 24 runs in extras, 18 of those through wides.

Brathwaite glanced the first ball of the chase off his pads to the fine-leg boundary, and then watched two of his team-mates play loose shots. Sunil Ambris, who had destroyed Papua New Guinea at this venue, pulled a short ball from Kieran Geyle - who was bowling left-arm spin - straight to deep-square leg. The next ball, John Campbell slogged wildly across the line and top-edged to short third man. West Indies were 6 for 2 in the third over.

Although he took those early wickets, Geyle dropped far too short, allowing Brathwaite to pull him repeatedly to the midwicket boundary. The West Indies captain lost two more partners cheaply, but remained unfazed. He was dropped during his half-century, by Andre Odendaal off legspinner Peacemore Zimwa at mid-on, but West Indies were well on course by then. Mayers struck powerful blows to accelerate the chase on the home straight and knock Zimbabwe out of the World Cup.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • boxer44 on August 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    LOL " If you are STILL in doubt,the West Indies IS one of the 10 full Member Countries." The world will soon learn of Braf he is a run machine. Let the hating start when he becomes a regular on the team hes taking captaincy and then and only then will Sammy no longer be a test player. Thank you!!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Well done WI keep on winning!!

  • Vijay_P_S on August 18, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I don't understand why this is called U-19. It should be U-20.

  • Metman on August 17, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully...looks as though you have something personal against Kraigg Brathwaite.....what if he has test experience? he didn't make the rules...he is ONLY playing UNDER THEM !If you had taken time out to check them,you would have read the following : "Players from the 10 Full Member Countries born after 1 st Sept .1992 are eligible to play ". If you are STILL in doubt,the West Indies IS one of the 10 full Member Countries.

  • 777aditya on August 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @ FOTO - with the form WI is in at the moment - its the Aussies who should be saying that!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 17, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @Ren Boyce . Check his profile in crick info. It shows 19 years 258 days. which means he is above 19 but under 20.

  • godfreyse on August 16, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Amir Khan is a Guyanese. The profile says Beaton is from Montserrat. I suppose it doesn't matter. The boys r doing just fine.

  • AyrtonS on August 16, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Thanks to Godfrey, Randy and Auroraboy for your replies. It is very hartening to see so many Guyanese boys on Cricinfo.

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Good going, lads. Keep up the good work. An overlooked advantage which we possess as a team is the Estwick-Brathwaite 'combo' which provides continuity from a leadership point of view. For those who may not be aware, Coach Estwick has been a cricket master at my alma mater, the legendary Combermere School in Barbados for about a decade. 'Braf' was a student athlete at the school until recently when he graduated. He has served as Combermere's captain virtually his entire career under Estwick. Of course Estwick can't execute on the field, but his influence on captains and teams is very obvious. Brought great results at CS as evidenced by numerous hardware which his teams have won during his tenure. Let's hope that we win this tournament and that several of the players will not fall through the proverbial cracks, but will go on to become productive players for the senior team in the ensuing years.

  • on August 16, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Ambris should take his batting seriously. He could be in the senior team sooner than he thinks. WI badly need a keeper who can bat well.

  • boxer44 on August 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    LOL " If you are STILL in doubt,the West Indies IS one of the 10 full Member Countries." The world will soon learn of Braf he is a run machine. Let the hating start when he becomes a regular on the team hes taking captaincy and then and only then will Sammy no longer be a test player. Thank you!!!

  • on August 18, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Well done WI keep on winning!!

  • Vijay_P_S on August 18, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I don't understand why this is called U-19. It should be U-20.

  • Metman on August 17, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully...looks as though you have something personal against Kraigg Brathwaite.....what if he has test experience? he didn't make the rules...he is ONLY playing UNDER THEM !If you had taken time out to check them,you would have read the following : "Players from the 10 Full Member Countries born after 1 st Sept .1992 are eligible to play ". If you are STILL in doubt,the West Indies IS one of the 10 full Member Countries.

  • 777aditya on August 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @ FOTO - with the form WI is in at the moment - its the Aussies who should be saying that!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 17, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @Ren Boyce . Check his profile in crick info. It shows 19 years 258 days. which means he is above 19 but under 20.

  • godfreyse on August 16, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Amir Khan is a Guyanese. The profile says Beaton is from Montserrat. I suppose it doesn't matter. The boys r doing just fine.

  • AyrtonS on August 16, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Thanks to Godfrey, Randy and Auroraboy for your replies. It is very hartening to see so many Guyanese boys on Cricinfo.

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Good going, lads. Keep up the good work. An overlooked advantage which we possess as a team is the Estwick-Brathwaite 'combo' which provides continuity from a leadership point of view. For those who may not be aware, Coach Estwick has been a cricket master at my alma mater, the legendary Combermere School in Barbados for about a decade. 'Braf' was a student athlete at the school until recently when he graduated. He has served as Combermere's captain virtually his entire career under Estwick. Of course Estwick can't execute on the field, but his influence on captains and teams is very obvious. Brought great results at CS as evidenced by numerous hardware which his teams have won during his tenure. Let's hope that we win this tournament and that several of the players will not fall through the proverbial cracks, but will go on to become productive players for the senior team in the ensuing years.

  • on August 16, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Ambris should take his batting seriously. He could be in the senior team sooner than he thinks. WI badly need a keeper who can bat well.

  • FOTO on August 16, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    NO WE HAVE TO FACE THE AUSSIES :(!!!

  • on August 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Yes, where r the Guyanese in the team? Sad day for cricket in Guyana, very sad day. However, things look great for WI cricket on the whole. " You don't play four quicks to bat first." I like that.

  • auroraboy on August 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    AYERTONS: Beaton is from guyana, went to school with him, he was fast bowler, never liked batting against him

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    i am in total agreement with satish619chandler's comment. the english team was in the same position as w.i. they were anxious to test the depth of their batting and took advantage of a good batting track against nepal, to score over 250 runs. w.i will be moving into the next stage untried and untested against stronger opposition in new zealand.according to the coach, 'you dont play 4 fast bowlers to bat first.' however, there comes a time whe you will have to bat first. then what are you going to do? let's hope we can maintain our unbeaten record moving forward. settle down and bat ambris! looks like for you its either 100 or none.

  • Randy_Wilson on August 16, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @ AyrtonS Ronsford Beaton Plays for Guyana. and Guyana U19. Amir Khan Also in the world Cup Sqaud he is also from Guyana. where is the 1 Caribbean. WI is winning, we should be proud.

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i dont understand your comment fast track bully...under 19 is under 19 fullstop...shed some light on that comment.......and baghels.a we playing 50 overs not 20.....i would love to take Ambris to the 20/20 senior world cup tho

  • AyrtonS on August 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Hmmm !! Where are the Guyanese in this team ? Last time I checked Guyana was part of the West Indies from a cricketing perspective.

  • baghels.a on August 16, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    WI bowling looks good ,i am hugely impressed by the allrounders like Greeves,Mayers and hodge,batting is little bit hit and miss but Campbell and Ambris on there day can take the bowling apart.Brathwaite never ever seems to have a strike-rate above 70 !! you expect more from a player with test experience.

  • on August 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    the world can see WI cricket is climbing back to top spot. i would always be a proud west indian cricket fan.

  • Windies2Dheart on August 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Really love the look of our fast bowling future.Hope that the WICB continues to oversee the development of our youngsters. So often we see the raw talent in our youngsters. Unfortunately the only thing most of them come to the Senior side with is talent. Our domestic competitions are too short and there are not enough A/B team tours. Really hope Ambris' batting develops cause I'm fed up of WICB's persistence with Baugh and Ramdin. And Devon thomas just doesnt look ready.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Kraigg Brathwaite is a player who played 9 tests for WI national team! and his age shows 19 years 258 days! How can we justify this? A player with handful experience in international level competing with U19 players who are yet to break in to the national side!

  • satish619chandar on August 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    The only problem if WI have any is, they are untested while batting first.. May be, they should have batted first in this game since they already got through to the next stage.. That would have settled them some valuable practice ahead of more serious games..

  • on August 16, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Hope WI does well in the U-19 World Cup.With the senior team now having a stable side, WI cricket can expect a much needed comeback in world cricket soon.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Sounds like a balance side with Brathwaite leading things and W.I superior pace bowlers they should go a long way

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  • BRUTALANALYST on August 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Sounds like a balance side with Brathwaite leading things and W.I superior pace bowlers they should go a long way

  • on August 16, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Hope WI does well in the U-19 World Cup.With the senior team now having a stable side, WI cricket can expect a much needed comeback in world cricket soon.

  • satish619chandar on August 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    The only problem if WI have any is, they are untested while batting first.. May be, they should have batted first in this game since they already got through to the next stage.. That would have settled them some valuable practice ahead of more serious games..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Kraigg Brathwaite is a player who played 9 tests for WI national team! and his age shows 19 years 258 days! How can we justify this? A player with handful experience in international level competing with U19 players who are yet to break in to the national side!

  • Windies2Dheart on August 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Really love the look of our fast bowling future.Hope that the WICB continues to oversee the development of our youngsters. So often we see the raw talent in our youngsters. Unfortunately the only thing most of them come to the Senior side with is talent. Our domestic competitions are too short and there are not enough A/B team tours. Really hope Ambris' batting develops cause I'm fed up of WICB's persistence with Baugh and Ramdin. And Devon thomas just doesnt look ready.

  • on August 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    the world can see WI cricket is climbing back to top spot. i would always be a proud west indian cricket fan.

  • baghels.a on August 16, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    WI bowling looks good ,i am hugely impressed by the allrounders like Greeves,Mayers and hodge,batting is little bit hit and miss but Campbell and Ambris on there day can take the bowling apart.Brathwaite never ever seems to have a strike-rate above 70 !! you expect more from a player with test experience.

  • AyrtonS on August 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Hmmm !! Where are the Guyanese in this team ? Last time I checked Guyana was part of the West Indies from a cricketing perspective.

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i dont understand your comment fast track bully...under 19 is under 19 fullstop...shed some light on that comment.......and baghels.a we playing 50 overs not 20.....i would love to take Ambris to the 20/20 senior world cup tho

  • Randy_Wilson on August 16, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @ AyrtonS Ronsford Beaton Plays for Guyana. and Guyana U19. Amir Khan Also in the world Cup Sqaud he is also from Guyana. where is the 1 Caribbean. WI is winning, we should be proud.