West Indies U-19s all but qualify for semi-finals at World Cup

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West Indies U-19s all but qualify for semi-finals at World Cup

Monday, January 20, 2020

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For the second game in a row, allrounder Nyeem Young led the way as West Indies defeated a higher-seeded team at the Under-19 World Cup.

After his half-century against Australia downed the 2018 runners-up on Saturday, Young returned today to smash a 41-ball 66 and then take five wickets to defeat England and virtually confirm his team's spot in the quarterfinal.

Young walked in at 138 for 5 after England had sent West Indies in, and joined Kevlon Anderson in a 101-run partnership for the sixth wicket, off just 76 balls.

Anderson remained not out on 86 off 105 balls as West Indies closed at 267 for 7.

Young smashed five fours and four sixes, including one that broke the glass window of the media centre, while Anderson hit three sixes and six fours.

England's chase began positively, the openers putting on 53 before wicketkeeper-batsman Jordan Cox succumbed to the temptation of playing the reverse sweep, gloving the shot to first slip in the 14th over. His partner Ben Charlesworth was dismissed soon after for 36.

A third-wicket stand of 51 between Tom Clark and Jack Haynes kept England in the chase, but they stumbled following Clark's departure, as Young's short-pitched deliveries sent back Dan Mousley and Haynes in the 33rd over.

A passing shower paused the game for around thirty minutes, with England 40 runs behind the DLS par, and when play resumed, Young struck again, dismissing Joey Evison and Goldsworthy for single-digit scores, and then having England captain George Balderson caught at long-on to complete his five-for.

At that stage, England needed 117 from 71 balls, with just two wickets in hand. With lightning in the background, the game was halted once more in the 44th over, by which time England had lost their ninth wicket, and were 71 runs behind the DLS par. Play never resumed, and West Indies wrapped up a comprehensive win.

England's next game against Australia is now a virtual pre-quarterfinal, while West Indies are favourites to top Group B, left to play only Nigeria later this week.


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