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Seven-star Jason Ralston breaks 16-year ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup record

Jason Ralston, Australian u-19 cricket team pace, scalped 7/15 against Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a Group B match at Lincoln to achieve the best bowling figures at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

cricket Updated: Jan 19, 2018 20:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup,Jason Ralston,Australian u-19 cricket team
Jason Ralston broke Jeevan Mendis’s best bowling record at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.(Twitter)

Jason Ralston, Australian u-19 cricket team pacer, etched his name in record books by achieving the best-ever bowling figures in the history of Under-19 World Cups on Friday.

Ralston scalped 7/15 against Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a Group B match at Lincoln to achieve this feat.

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Ralston, a right-arm quick from Wollongong, snatched the record from Sri Lankan Jeevan Mendis, who had taken 7/19 against Zimbabwe during the 2002 edition of the tournament that was also held in New Zealand. Ralston’s figures are, in fact, the second best bowling figures in any youth ODI.

The record for producing the best ever under-19 ODI spell still belongs to Indian swing bowler, Irfan Pathan, who had taken 9-16 including a hat-trick against Bangladesh in the 2003 U19 Asia Cup.

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Riding on Ralston’s outstanding bowling performance, Australia drubbed PNG by 311 runs to storm into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Batting first, Australia posted a mammoth 370/8 in the stipulated 50 overs with opener Nathan McSweeney slamming a whirlwind 156 off 111 balls. Skipper Jason Sangha also feasted on Guinea attack, compiling a measured 102-ball 88.

The second half of the match belonged to Ralston completely. The 18-year-old scythed through PNG batting, claiming 4-10 from his first spell of five overs. He, then, returned to take three more scalps in a spell of 11 balls as PNG were skittled out for a paltry 59 in 24.5 overs to give Australia a massive win and a place in the last-eight.

Speaking to cricket.com.au after the match, the young pacer was ecstatic at his feat and described the experience as unreal.

“It was unreal, a great start for the boys. I went out there and opened the bowling with Xavier Bartlett, we had a really good partnership up front. Putting on the jersey this morning was an unreal feeling…. playing for your country is just amazing. I thought I bowled pretty well today, and hopefully, others think the same,” he said.

BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES IN UNDER-19 WORLD CUP:

7-15 Jason Ralston (Australia) v PNG at Lincoln 19-01-2018

7-19 Jeevan Mendis (S.L) v Zimbabwe at Christchurch 24-01-2002

7-20 Trent Boult (New Zealand) v v Malaysia at Johor 21-02-2008

6-3 Rahul Vishwakarma (Nepal) v PNG at Brisbane 23-08-2012

6-8 Wayne Parnell(S.A) v Bangladesh at Kuala Lumpur 24-02-2008

6-15 Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan) v Ireland at Whangarei 16-01-2018

6-23 Kamal Passi (India) v Zimbabwe at Townsville 14-08-2012

6-24 Lahiru Madushanka (S.L) v Ireland at Brisbane 22-08-2012

6-25 Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) v Australia at Dubai 26-02-2014

6-29 Adil Raza (Pakistan) v Malaysia at Johor 17-02-2008

6-31 Tinashe Panyangara (Zimbabwe) v Australia at Bogra 18-02-2004

6-33 Aftab Alam (Afghanistan) v PNG at Napier 24-01-2010

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 18:36 IST