NZ v WI, ICC U-19 World Cup, quarter-final, Townsville August 20, 2012

New Zealand win last-ball thriller

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New Zealand 238 for 7 (Horne 59, Mayers 3-42, Beaton 3-47) beat West Indies 237 (Hosein 54, Brathwaite 53, Quinn 3-54) by 3 wickets
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New Zealand blasted through to the semi-finals and knocked West Indies out of the tournament in a dramatic finale to their quarter-final in Townsville, where New Zealand needed four runs from the last ball of their chase and Ish Sodhi struck the winning boundary. New Zealand had to find 18 runs from the 50th over and at seven wickets down, West Indies were clear favourites to progress.

But Sodhi managed a boundary and a single from the medium pace of Justin Greaves, and his partner Jacob Duffy picked up a leg bye to leave 12 runs required from three balls. Sodhi struck a six, a two and a four to complete the dramatic win as New Zealand overhauled the West Indies total of 237 and moved into the final four of the competition, along with India, Australia and South Africa.

The day had started reasonably well for West Indies, who were sent in, as their openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Sunil Ambris put on 48 for the opening wicket. Brathwaite (53) and Akeal Hosain (54) both contributed half-centuries and despite three wickets to Matthew Quinn, West Indies were able to bat out their overs and posted a challenging 237 when the last batsman was run out from the final ball of the 50th over.

Ronsford Beaton picked up two early wickets in the chase but Ben Horne steadied New Zealand with 59, and Robert O'Donnell (42) and Cam Fletcher (49) kept them in the contest through the middle of the innings. But with ten overs remaining, New Zealand still needed 89 runs, and it was only through the striking of Sodhi at the very end that they triumphed.

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  • Muhamad on August 22, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    if possible, would be nice, to have an ODI series of Junior teams with their respective senir team. this will give juniors, expereince, practice, honor and most of all, it will test them. Kinda trial to that where do they stand.

  • Jordan on August 21, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Well done, New Zealand. Proud of you boys. Held your nerve and never gave up - that's the Kiwi fight we love to see! <3

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    WINDIES CAN ONLY BAT AND BOWL AND WIN ON PITCHES WHERE 200 IS A WINNING SCORE. proved that in the last 3 months with their A team and now this. making FLAT PITCHES FOR AUS,SA,ENG and MINEFIELDS FOR IND,PAK AND SL IS THEIR 'STRATEGY'. they will never improve that way. lost respect for Windies after Lara retired.

  • Blythesville on August 20, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    The creativity to lose games is instilled from an early age. This would not have happened if Colin Borde was the team manager.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    If a team can't defend 18 runs in the final over, it sure doesn't deserve to win. The lost had nothing to do with captaincy or management. Every time we lose, some always blame the captain and/or coach. It seems to be a flaw in the makeup of especially our WI supporters. Anybody with even an iota of cricket knowledge of our team knew that Brathwaite is a slow accumulator of runs. We knew that going into the tournament. We've won matches with him in the lineup. So why point to that as the reason for our defeat? If you'd said that Justin Greaves shouldn't have been the one to bowl at the death, then perhaps you would have had a point. Credit must be given to the junior Black Caps for not quitting and pulling off a marvelous victory.

  • Walter H. on August 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Very sad to see WI lose this game....they had a chance to go all the way. I would have bowled out Mayer's and Hose in when they had the batsmen on the ropes not scoring. Beaton and Jones were brought back too early I think. anyways, lots of potential in the young WI.....Ambris, Beat on and Mayer's clearly stand out.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    west indies had this coming! the batters were never really tested. in the last previous game they had the chance to bat first and give the batters some practice but this was not to be. they continued to chase and knock off totals. today the shoe was on the other foot and hence the results. the bowling attack was described by ian chappell as one of the best in the tournament. neve rthe less, mr greaves lost his nerve and gave up 18 off the final over. this has to be a record for u19 cricket. the question is, how come he was bowling the last over? mr brathwaite will have some explaining to do. meanwhile, kudos to n.z. they played the better cricket and fully deserved to be victorious. better luck in 2014 w.i

  • Jason on August 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    They are other batsman who have not done much in the tournament. John Campbell has virtually been a nobody with the bat this tournament. This is a great team and for you tonobwoy to say he cant captain and its his fault blah blah blah is unfair, how abt u go out there with a bat and ball and win a game........wunna ppl is sain else. its a team effort and the team lost, the bowlers did not perform lke they are capable of duin and strategies didnt work. instead of criticize, share your comments and give some encouragement where needed. u cuddent have done n e better.cuddoes to NZ for the fight they showed.

  • Jason on August 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I acknowledge that certain planning strategies for this match by the West indies did not work and that is obvious, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this team. Their success goes back to at least two years ago when this team was first formed and went on tours of India, Australia and the USA and have done well, winning all series. To tonobwoy.i find your comment to be extremely stupid. How could all the blame be out on one person. Yes kraigg may not be explosive as other batsman but he sticks at the crease and still gets runs. We in the c'bean like to see men hit boundaries all the time....has that paid dividends to our senior team?.....wen we need guys to stand up and bat everyone wanna hit two 6's and 4's and get out. If kraigg hadn't stayed there like he did we would have been out for a lower total than what we had. Is lraiggg the only batsman in the team?.Yes he may need some work, but he ain the only batsman.

  • ken on August 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    IU saw this coming for WI and I blame the coach for not allowing his batsmen proper practice against lesser teams. In my view WI was the better team but NZ had better management. So much for the four fast bowlers' theory... Crappy coaching... from WI.

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