West Indies and Pakistan start with wins
Group AAs the group stages of the Under-15 Challenge got underway, West Indies, who had been beaten in the knockout final on Thursday, beat Bangladesh by 37 runs in Trinidad. In overcast conditions where the ball moved considerably, West Indies recovered from a shaky start to make 237, John Campbell anchoring the innings with 112. Bangladesh struggled despite a battling 80 from Ahamedul Kabir.
Ireland had no problems in beating a poor Kenya side by seven wickets as once again the Kenyan batting proved feeble. A score of 110 was never remotely challenging.
Group BPakistan enjoyed easy pickings when they batted against Netherlands, running up 332 for 5 with Muhammad Naeem making 90 and Mohammad Babar, Ahsan Ali and Zafar Gohar chipping in with fifties. Netherlands were blown away for 102 to give Pakistan a massive 230-run win.
The two outsiders produced the closest game as Malaysia edged out ICC Americas by two wickets. Abhijit Joshi led the way for ICC Americas with 64 but there were no other significant contributions as they made 156. Malaysia squeezed home with 20 balls in hand.