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ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup: England, New Zealand win as Bangladesh advance

While England and New Zealand earned wins in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh progressed to the Super League quarterfinals.

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2018 17:24 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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England defeated Canada in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday.(Cricket World Cup/Twitter)

Liam Banks and Will Jacks slammed centuries as England completed a 282-run victory over Canada in a Group C match on Saturday, a result that ensured Bangladesh also qualified for the Super League at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

England completed the league with three wins to top the group while Bangladesh qualified as the second team after their wins over Canada and Namibia.

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In other matches on Saturday, New Zealand defeated South Africa by 71 runs to top Group A, in which the Windies won their first match as they drubbed Kenya by 222 runs, while Ireland pulled off a thrilling four-run victory to deny Afghanistan a top-place finish in group D.

England, champions in 1998, were virtually assured of topping the group before this match owing to their high net run-rate but did not show any complacency against Canada, notching a huge 383 for seven after being invited to bat first.

Centuries from Liam Banks (120, 114b, 12x4, 1x6) and Will Jacks (102, 82b, 11x4), who added 186 runs for the second wicket in just 30 overs, put them in a position of strength. Left-hander Jack Davies also chipped in with a brisk 36-ball 57 while medium-fast bowler Faisal Jamkhandi and off-spinner Tiaan Pretorius took three wickets each for Canada.

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Canada, who needed to get to the target in 37.5 overs if they were to edge Bangladesh for a place in the Super League, barely touched the three-figure mark as left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya grabbed three for 23 while Adam Finch, Luke Hollman and Roman Walker all finished with two wickets each. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pranav Sharma top-scored for Canada with 24.

New Zealand win

New Zealand openers Rachin Ravindra (76) and Jakob Bhula (44) produced another century partnership as the hosts posted 279 for eight. South Africa lost some early wickets but a 106-run stand for the fifth wicket between Hermann Rolfes (108) and Jean du Plessis (54) raised hopes. However, the 2014 champions lost their last six wickets for 26 runs in the face of a high asking rate. Ravindra grabbed four for 32 with his left-arm spin to bag the player of the match award.

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Brief scores: England 383/7 (Banks 120, Jacks 102; Jamkhandi 3/68, Pretorius 3/69) bt Canada 101 (Sisodiya 3/23, Finch 2/10, Hollman 2/21, Walker 2/25) by 282 runs

New Zealand 279/8 (Ravindra 76, Bhula 44, Phillips 43; Molefe 2/49) bt South Africa 208 (Rolfes 108, Du Plessis 54; Ravindra 4/32) by 71 runs

West Indies 318/ 7 (Athanaze 116*, Melius 60; Desai 3/54) bt Kenya 96 (Gandhi 37, Yadram 5/18, Royal 4/25) by 222 runs

Ireland 225/8 (Tector 36; Ahmad 3/32, Wafadar 3/50) bt Afghanistan221 (Bahir 34, Stanikzai 33; Tector 3/37) by four runs.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 17:24 IST