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

New Zealand win last-ball thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 20, 2012

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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 players celebrate after winning a thriller against West Indies, New Zealand v West Indies, quarter-final, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Townsville, August 20, 2012
It was joy unbridled for New Zealand, after they took the 18 they needed off the last over © ICC/Getty

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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Posted by Umair_umair 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.

Posted by BackfootNossyfan 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by WalterHP 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Jay-y 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.

Posted by Jay-y 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.

Posted by king_kenie 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.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Tough loss for the WI, really disappointed that they were not able to defend 237!! They looked the class of the tournament until this match. However, congrats to NZ on an improbable victory!! Just goes to show, if you keep fighting anything can happen in this game!!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

well done bro .proud to be indian

Posted by tonobwoy on (August 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT)


Posted by tompuffin on (August 20, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Good on ya boys! Junior team playing with true grit and never gave up, leading the way for the senior team. Hope they won't get too ahead of themselves though, as they probably have a tough task ahead. Also hope that Cricket NZ doesn't bleed them in too early though, we sorely need the talent but I would rather one player enter in their 25's or above and make a big impact, than have 3-4 20 year olds that spark and fade.

Posted by praful_cric on (August 20, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@Kirk-at-Lords: very well put dude... 1 up for Kirk-at-Lords comments....I expect cric info team to put better show then television channels.

Posted by RobTay14 on (August 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

HAHA! Aw-Yeah Sodhi! and finally we get a win against the

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Good signs for the future of NZ? Let's hope so!!!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@Ramali U R absolutely right....NZ U-19 will tough fight to Ind U-19...

Posted by   on (August 20, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Well done Ish Sodhi. I hope you live up to the promise. You have a long way to go.

Posted by kiwitragiz on (August 20, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

NZ playing like senior teams used to - plenty of grit & a never say die attitude, rather than too many posturings & tattoos. Suggest new Black Caps coach plays team the highlights (though sounds like no TV coverage of game, a shame as Windies sounded best in qualifying to me)

Posted by Number1CricketFan on (August 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Shot boys. bring NZ home the title.

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (August 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Once again EnZed punches above its weight. The Windies looked really effective against India on the televised group match. A real shame that ICC could not figure out a way to have all four quarter-final matches televised. I could have done without Nepal v England, for example. The only minnows of real interest are Afghanistan and Ireland, and neither came anywhere close to a TV camera. The AUS-BANG match was not as close, but still offered considerable drama based purely on reading the scorecard. Even Cricinfo commentary was minimal for NZ-WI and nonexistent for AUS-BANG. The U-19s deserve better than this, just as the women do. At least the latter are now linked to the men's T20 World Cup. It is always a pleasure to see the women play; it is like a bygone era of cricket, before money & politics took too deep a grip on the sport. The same goes for the youth.

Posted by TheMightyBradburn on (August 20, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Fab victory, although it did seem that Master O'Donnell tried to use up all the hot water again.

Posted by ramli on (August 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Incredible win ... NZ U19s playing far better than NZ senior team

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