Under-19 World Cup 2009-10, Play-offs January 26, 2010

van Beek steers New Zealand to seventh place

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand prevailed in a close encounter in the play-off for seventh place against England, winning by two wickets in the final over at the Village Green in Christchurch. Chasing 229, the hosts were in trouble at 153 for 7 but Logan van Beek's unbeaten 51 off 46 balls saw them through those tense moments. Several England batsmen failed to convert their starts but they still managed a competitive total. Jack Manuel was the top scorer with 43. Harry Boam, Tim Johnston and Ben Wheeler took three wickets apiece. New Zealand were jolted early in their chase at 37 for 3 before Craig Cachopa and Corey Anderson added 100 for the fourth wicket. But a double-strike by Nathan Buck and a run out set New Zealand back. van Beek and Boam, batting at No.9, ensured a consolation win for the hosts.

Noor Hossain's all-round performance was the highlight of a one-sided encounter in the ninth place play-off semi-final between Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea at Palmerston North. Noor made a brisk 66 to push Bangladesh to 253 and later took four wickets to bundle out PNG for a paltry 85. After opting to bat, Bangladesh were led by Saikat Ali's 61 but were in a spot of bother at 125 for 6. Tasamul Haq and Noor began the lower-order revival with a stand of 80 for the seventh wicket. Noor hit eight fours and a six in his brisk knock which came off 50 balls. It was a cakewalk when Bangladesh took the field, bundling out PNG within 33 overs. Only four batsmen managed double figures and Noor cleaned up the lower order to finish with 4 for 11.