ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 August 24, 2012

Sam Wood ton helps England finish fifth

ESPNcricinfo staff

A hard-hitting century by opener Sam Wood helped England edge out West Indies by 13 runs at Endeavour Park, Townsville and finish fifth in the tournament. Wood's 104, laced with seven sixes and four boundaries, was the only notable innings for England after they were put into bat. West Indies bowlers took early wickets, but Wood continued to attack, especially during an 86-run fourth-wicket stand with Craig Overton. Fast bowler Justin Greaves then had Overton out for 18 and Wood was run out in the next over. Greaves took two more and even 200 looked improbable for England. However, an unbeaten 49-run last-wicket partnership between Tom Knight and Reece Topley pushed England to 241.

West Indies lost opener Sunil Ambris in the first over of the chase, but John Campbell responded with a hundred and kept them abreast with the rate as regular wickets went down. But Campbell's departure in the 45th over ended West Indies' fight.

Anamul Haque became the first batsman to score two centuries in the tournament as he steered Bangladesh to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in their 7th place play-off in Townsville. Anamul scored 128 from 112 deliveries as Bangladesh chased 236 for victory, and his 179-run third-wicket stand with Litton Das (53) proved the difference between the two sides. Anamul confirmed himself as the tournament's leading run scorer with his innings, although he was dismissed with 19 runs still required. Two more wickets fell after Anamul but Bangladesh had enough batsmen left to cruise to their win and finish at 239 for 5 with 22 balls to spare.

Pakistan had been sent in by Bangladesh and got away to a disappointing start, slumping to 33 for 3 in the eighth over as Dewan Sabbir picked up two early wickets. Mohammad Nawaz (82) led the recovery from Pakistan and there were also useful contributions from Faraz Ali (43) and Shahid Ilyas (44), but their 235 for 8 was insufficient against Anamul and his colleagues.

Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with an unbeaten 76 as Sri Lanka registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in the Plate Final in Brisbane. Sri Lanka were set a modest target of 195 and were always in control. Dickwella partnered Angelo Jayasinghe and Sandun Weerakkody for consecutive half-century stands as they completed the chase with 11 overs to spare.

Afghanistan chose to bat but all of their top-order batsmen failed to convert their starts, losing regular wickets, and failing to get momentum in their innings. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso bowled a stifling spell of 10-0-19-2 while Lahiru Madushanka picked three wickets.

A solid all-round effort from Scotland ensured a five-wicket win over Ireland in their 11th place play-off at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane. Ireland chose to bat and despite struggling to 40 for 4, and then 75 for 6, Tyrone Kane was able to rebuild the innings with 78 from 121 balls that helped Ireland to 182 before they were dismissed in the 50th over. Aman Bailwal picked up 3 for 38 for Scotland and Ruaidhri Smith grabbed 3 for 48.

Scotland's chase began solidly as the openers both made important contributions, Ross McLean with 47 and Mathew Cross with 30. Nicholas Farrar also chipped in with 38 and despite an economical effort from the captain George Dockrell (1 for 22 from 10 overs) Ireland just didn't have enough runs on the board to challenge Scotland, who cruise to their target with 50 balls to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @ hari.pes100...What do you mean forget FTP? its a fact Bangladesh though I admit their Test Cricket is dismal still do not play Test Cricket infact this year alone they haven't still as of yet played Test Cricket whereas a team like England have played 11 so far so you see the difference? Actually I can say whatever I want as long as its true and reasonable logic is used. Also let me remind you again because you easily forget that this is Bangladesh 12th year as a Test nation whereas India 86 years and counting so unless you don't know your maths there's no simpler way I can explain it to you. India may be better than Bangladesh Cricket but we're certainly won't be underestimated again after what happened recently :P

  • Fahad on August 27, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @hari.pes100 How long did it take India to win a WC after getting a test status?

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @hari.pes100...Yes its true Bangladesh couldn't do what Sri Lanka amazingly did but are you forgetting that neither big teams England or South Africa have won the World Cup? :D but no its a problem for Bangladesh for some reason :)))

  • Sri Hari on August 27, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Forget FTP. Compare the NUMBER OF MATCHES India(or EVEN SL) took to register it's first win over England to how many BD will take. So now India had more resources than ENG during 70's and 80's right? LOL. Forget India. Comapre BD records with SL and see. I am not disparagaing BD. But don't say things like we should be ashamed,etc.,.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    @hari.pes100...Your knowledge on Indian Cricket is great but you got a few things wrong on Bangladesh's Cricket because firstly Bangladesh hardly even play Test Cricket so its unlikely they will beat the teams you have mentioned when they play 5 times as much Cricket compared to Bangladesh so we can put that to rest. Secondly are you even aware that India's first Test match win was against a 3rd string England side? a test match that lasted for about 3 days I think. The fact of the matter is that it took over 20 years for India to register their first Test win whereas Bangladesh only 5 years so please don't use double standards because both India and Bangladesh early Cricketing history is not at all impressive if I honestly must say.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @hari.pes100..."How many years will it take BD to register a single test win over Eng/India/Aus/SA home or away?" - again this shows that you don't know much about Bangladesh's Cricket because Bangladesh won't be playing those teams in Tests till 2015 according to FTP so you can understand why it takes so many YEARS for Bangladesh to beat such teams and that is proof enough :)

  • Sri Hari on August 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    How come SL won WC in 15 years since gaining full membership and BD is nocloser winning 2015WC? Also India first won a test match vs Eng in 1952. How many years will it take BD to register a single test win over Eng/India/Aus/SA home or away?

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    hari.pes100...Bangladesh does have good players I mean who's the Number 1 All-Rounder in both Tests and ODIs at the moment? See so I don't understand what you found funny about that :) but I don't think you have read my views before so here are some links which shows just how appreciative I am on Indian players examples http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/576714.html?comments=all#comments and http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/576855.html?comments=all#comments - there are my views on a very good Indian player so you know where I'm coming from all the best :)

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @hari.pes100..."Also please please don't imply that since Laxman, Dravid, Lee, etc., are retiring now" - again why? I don't understand what the problem is mate because that's a fact so can you elaborate? The population of West Indies or England is nothing compared to India plus the land size meaning less resources as compared to India common sense really but still lose to those teams even the weaker ones :)

  • Sri Hari on August 27, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Also Ahmad why did WI dominate cricket more than Eng with less population?

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