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ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup: Lloyd Pope creates history as Australia enter last four

Lloyd Pope, the 18-year-old Australia leg spinner, notched up the best bowling figures (8/35) in the history of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup as England were knocked out in dramatic style.

cricket Updated: Jan 23, 2018 10:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Riding on Lloyd Pope’s eight-wicket haul, Australia defeated England by 31 runs to advance to the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018.(Twitter )

In the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, the 18-year-old Lloyd Pope was the talk of New Zealand for his flowing, flaming red locks. However, on Tuesday at the Queenstown Events Centre venue, the Australian leg-spinner was the toast of the cricketing world when he picked up 8/35 to help Australia defend 128 and bowl England out for 96. (SCORES)

Pope’s figures of 8/35 are the best in the history of the U-19 Cricket World Cup, beating the previous record of 7/15 held by his teammate Jason Ralston in the game against Papua New Guinea in this edition at Lincoln.

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Australia were bowled out 127, with skipper Jason Sangha leading from the front with 58. In response, England blazed away to 47/0 in seven overs and looked set for a comfortable win before Pope changed the complexion of the match.

In the eighth over, Liam Banks was stumped for three and the leggie followed it up by bowling skipper Harry Brook with a googly for a golden duck.

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Although he missed the hat-trick, Australia had seized the initiative. In his third over and England’s 10th, Will Jacks was caught by Sangha for one as England stumbled.

In the 14th over, Pope removed the dangerous Tom Banton for 58 as the batsman gloved a reverse sweep and gave the Australian skipper his second catch. In Pope’s sixth over, he grabbed his fifth wicket by removing Finlay Trenouth for 1. In the 20th over, Pope bagged his sixth when Luke Hollman edged to the keeper. The match was over in the 24th over when he trapped Ethan Bamber (2) LBW and bowled Dillon Pennington for 0 to complete a famous win.

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Pope is the second Australian to take eight wickets in a List A game after Shaun Tait, who picked up 8/43 for South Australia against Tasmania in Adelaide during the 2003-04 season.

Before Pope, only 10 bowlers have taken eight wickets in List A cricket. Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka holds the record in ODIs with 8/19 against Zimbabwe while Rahul Sanghvi has the best figures in List A cricket with 8/15 for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in 1997 in Una.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 09:38 IST