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

West Indies top Group C with easy win


West Indies Under-19s 150 for 4 (Brathwaite 70*) beat Zimbabwe Under-19s 148 (Hosein 2-16) by six wickets

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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  • Niles 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!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Well done WI keep on winning!!

  • Vijay P on August 18, 2012, 0:42 GMT

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

  • Michael 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.

  • Aditya 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!

  • Manesh 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.

  • Godfrey 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.

  • George 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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