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Akash Gill's 120 leads Canada past PNG

Canada Under-19s 265 for 8 (Gill 120) beat Papua New Guinea 185 (Atai 81, Pathmanathan 3-23, Jamkhandi 3-48) by 80 runsScorecard

Akash Gill held Canada together with a splendid century - at better than a-run-a-ball - to see off Papua New Guinea in the Under-19 World Cup match in Lincoln. Gill was the first Canada player to score a hundred at a Under-19 World Cup.

He took a scoreline that read 82 for 4 in the 18th over - with their captain and in-form batsman Arslan Khan back in the pavilion - and dragged it all the way to 247 before he was dismissed. His 120 off 115 balls with 15 fours and two sixes as well.

Set a target of 266, PNG struggled to mount any sort of challenge. At one end, opener Simon Atai fought hard, making 81 off 117 balls with six fours, but the other one was a revolving door. There were six single-digit scores as PNG fell from 140 for 2 in the 35th to 185 all out. The damage was mostly done by fast bowler Faisal Jamkhandi, who took 3 for 48, and left-arm spinner Aran Pathmanathan, who finished with 3 for 23.

Gill, the Man of the Match, said: "I didn't really know about that record [the first Canada batsman with a century at the U-19 World Cup], but it's honestly a great feeling. When I got to that milestone, I was just overwhelmed. It still feels surreal to me, I'm just letting it sink."