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Thursday, February 4, 2016

#U19CWC - New Zealand, South Africa enter Plate semi-finals




New Zealand, South Africa enter Plate semi-finals

·         Kiwis beat Scotland after Phillips slams 89 off 40

·         South Africa defeats Ireland as Verreynne hits 77

New Zealand and South Africa put aside the disappointment of not qualifying for the Super League of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup by making winning starts in the Plate Championship which decides the 9-16 positions.

New Zealand bounced back from its defeats to India and Nepal in Group D to brush aside Scotland by seven wickets in Cox's Bazar on Thursday.
South Africa, the defending champion who failed to finish among the top two in Group A, breezed past Ireland by eight wickets in another quarter-final in Cox's Bazar.

Scotland was restricted to 181 for nine after electing to bat with left-arm seamer Ross ter Braak claiming three for 34. Owais Shah top-scored for the Scots with 32.
New Zealand made short work of the target as Glenn Phillips smashed 89 in an opening stand of 98 with Daniel Stanley from just 11.4 overs. The 40-ball blitz from Phillips contained 11 boundaries and six sixes.

Skipper Josh Finnie, who remained unbeaten on 30 as New Zealand won in 27 overs, said it was a good start for his team in the Plate championship.
"It's nice to get off to a good start," he said, "We bowled pretty well and picked up wickets at the right time.
"Then Glenn smashed a quick-fire 89 chasing a small target, which was a good way to go about it. Hopefully, we will continue the same way and get through to the final."
Scotland captain Neil Flack conceded New Zealand played better and deserved to win, but his team too could take some positives from the game.

"We showed we can bat 50 overs against a good side," he said. "We need to keep developing and make sure we finish the tournament on a high."
South Africa kept Ireland down to 185 for seven despite an unbeaten 77 by Lorcan Tucker. Willem Ludick and Dayyaan Giliem claimed two wickets each.
Kyle Verreynne hit 77, adding 104 for the first wicket with Liam Smith (49), as South Africa coasted home with four overs to spare. Wiaan Mulder remained unbeaten on 43.
"I think we did well to restrict Ireland to 185 considering it had won the toss and chosen to bat," said South African captain Tony de Zorzi.

"The Irish bowlers tied our batsmen down in the first 10 overs but then Kyle and Liam opened up to put on a century stand and make it easy for us to chase the score.
"We want to represent our country with some pride, so are very keen to do well in our remaining matches."

South Africa await the winner of Friday's match between Zimbabwe and Canada in the Plate semi-final on Monday. New Zealand take on either Afghanistan or Fiji on Tuesday.

Scores in brief:
Plate quarter-final: South Africa beat Ireland by eight wickets in Cox's Bazar
Ireland 185-7, 50 overs (Lorcan Tucker 77 not out; Willem Ludick 2-43, Dayyaan Giliem 2-22)
South Africa 187-2, 46 overs (Kyle Verreynne 77, Liam Smith 49, Wiaan Mulder 43)

Plate quarter-final: New Zealand beat Scotland by seven wickets in Cox's Bazar
Scotland 181-9, 50 overs (Owais Shah 32, Jack Waller 24; Ross ter Braak 3-34, Nathan Smith 2-37)
New Zealand 185-3, 27 overs (Glenn Phillips 89, Josh Finnie 30 not out, Finn Allen 31 not out; Haris Aslam 2-37)

Friday's matches (Plate Championship only)
Zimbabwe v Canada in Cox's Bazar; Afghanistan v Fiji in Cox's Bazar


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Namibia stuns defending champion South Africa to make quarter-finals


  
·       Qualifier wins tense chase by two wickets after restricting South Africa to 136 for nine; joins host Bangladesh in Super League from Group A

·       England routs Zimbabwe by 129 runs to top Group C after third successive victory

·       West Indies beats Fiji by 262 runs, West Indies-Zimbabwe winner to take last spot from Group C

Nambia celebrations


Qualifier Namibia upset defending champion South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling chase to join host Bangladesh in the quarterfinals from Group A of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Bangladesh beat Scotland by 114 runs in Cox's Bazar for its second win and now clashes with Namibia in the last league match on Tuesday to decide Group A winner. The winner of Bangladesh-Namibia match will feature in the first quarter-final against Group D runner-up (India or Nepal) in Mirpur on Friday, 5 February, while the side that finishes second in Group A will take on winner of Group D in Fatullah on 6 February.

England brushed aside Zimbabwe by 129 runs in Chittagong to top Group C with a third successive win. This match was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters. England will now wait the second-placed team from Group B in the quarter-final on 7 February in Mirpur.

The West Indies romped to a 262-run win over Fiji in another Group C match in Chittagong. It now faces Zimbabwe on Tuesday to determine the second qualifier from the group with the winner meeting Group B champion (Pakistan or Sri Lanka) in Fatullah on Monday, 8 February.

Namibia's unheralded cricketers, who had beaten Scotland in their first match, kept their cool amid mounting tension to knock South Africa out in Cox's Bazar.

South Africa, batting first, was reduced to 60 for eight by the half-way stage following a four-wicket haul by Michael van Lingen. But Willem Ludick hit 42 in a ninth-wicket stand of 55 runs with Lutho Sipamla as the young Proteas added a further 76 runs.

Defending a modest 136 for nine in 50 overs, South Africa claimed a wicket off the first ball and continued to dismiss batsmen regularly, but Lohan Louwrens stood in the way as he steered Namibia home with an unbeaten 58.

The memorable win meant that Namibia, which finished 14th in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, will improve upon its best finish of 11th in Malaysia in 2008.

Namibia's captain Zane Green said he was delighted with the win and said he was not surprised that his team had made the knockout rounds.

"We were positive from the start of the tournament because we knew we had the team to go far," said Green. "Our aim was to take it one game at a time and that is what we will continue to do.

"We want to take the positive energy from this game into our next match against Bangladesh. And then take it from there."

Namibian coach Norbert Manyande said he was proud of the way his boys responded to the challenge.

"It is unbelievable and a great feeling," he said. "I always believed in the guys and I am proud that they delivered today.

"We did not expect that we will restrict South Africa to 136, but I think we struck to our disciplines and that was the key.

"I always knew that our bowling was very solid and we had shown that in the qualifiers as well. Today was just a beautiful day."

South African captain Tony de Zorzi said his side had let the nation down, but vowed to do well in the Plate Championships.

"Our top-order failed badly," he said. "If the boys are honest with themselves, they will realize they played some loose shots. We should have got more than 136 for sure.

"We have let our country down by not qualifying for the quarter-finals, but we will definitely try to finish ninth .... that's the best we can do."

Jack Burnham

England, which had scored 371 for three against Fiji in the first match, once again showed its batting prowess to pile up 288 for four after electing to bat against Zimbabwe.

Durham's Jack Burnham hit an unbeaten 106, his second hundred in three matches, opener Dan Lawrence made 59 and Max Holden hit 51.

Zimbabwe was dismissed for 159 despite a heroic 91 from Jeremy Ives as Saqib Mahmood claimed four wickets for 39 runs and Callum Taylor took three for 14.

"We can only go up from here, hopefully there are more wins to come," said Burnham, whose 104-ball knock contained six sixes and five boundaries.

Nazmul Hossain

Nazmul Hossain delighted home fans with an unbeaten 113 and skipper Mehidy Miraz hit 51 as Bangladesh scored 256 for six and then bowled Scotland out for 142.

Azeem Dar top-scored for Scotland with 50 as Mohammad Saifuddin and Saleh Ahmed grabbed three wickets each.

Bangladesh's head coach Mizanur Rahman said his team was improving with each game.

"The start was disappointing, but I was happy with the way we finished both in batting and bowling," he said. "We accelerated towards the end and that is something we missed in the last game.

"These are the kind of wickets where you have to dig in and try to play as long as possible. Nazmul Hossain showed us how it is done. It was a splendid knock under pressure."

Shamar Springer became the third century-maker of the day, scoring 106 to lift the West Indies to 340 for seven against first-timer Fiji, which was dismissed for 78 in reply.

Gidron Pope (76) and Jyd Goolie (66) were the other principal scorers for the West Indies.  Pope then grabbed four wickets for 24 runs with his off-spin to complete a fine all-round display.

Scores in brief:

Group C: West Indies beat Fiji by 262 runs in Chittagong
West Indies 340-7, 50 overs (Shamar Springer 106, Gidron Pope 76, Jyd Goolie 66; Cakacaka Tikoisuva 6-59)
Fiji 78 all out, 27.3 overs (Gidron Pope 4-24)

Group C: England beat Zimbabwe by 129 runs in Chittagong
England 288-4, 50 overs (Jack Burnham 106 not out, Dan Lawrence 59, Max Holden 51; Rugare Magarira 2-36)
Zimbabwe 159 all out, 43.4 overs (Jeremy Ives 91; Saqib Mahmood 4-39, Callum Taylor 3-14)

Group A: Bangladesh beat Scotland by 114 runs in Cox's Bazar
Bangladesh 256-6, 50 overs (Nazmul Hossain 113 not out, Saif Hassan 49, Mehidy Miraz 51; Mohammad Ghaffar 4-60)
Scotland 142 all out, 47.2 overs (Azeem Dar 50; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-17, Saleh Ahmed 3-27)

Group A: Namibia beat South Africa by two wickets in Cox's Bazar
South Africa 136-9, 50 overs (Willem Ludick 42, Lutho Sipamla 17 not out; Michael van Lingen 4-24, Fritz Coetzee 3-16)
Namibia 137-8, 39.4 overs (Lohan Louwrens 58 not out; Ziyaad Abrahams 2-18, Sean Whitehead 2-27)

Monday's matches:

Group B: Afghanistan v Canada, Sylhet
Group D: India v Nepal, Mirpur
Group D: Ireland v New Zealand, Fatullah

Points table

Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Namibia
2
2
0
+1.60
4

Bangladesh
2
2
0
+1.57
4

South Africa
2
0
2
-0.87
0

Scotland
2
0
2
-2.49
0


Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Sri Lanka
2
2
0
+2.29
4
Pakistan
2
2
0
+1.23
4
Afghanistan
2
0
2
-1.07
0
Canada
2
0
2
-2.48
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
2
1
1
+2.01
2
Zimbabwe
2
1
1
-0.16
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
2
2
0
+1.99
4
Nepal
2
2
0
+1.53
4
New Zealand
2
0
2
-1.52
0
Ireland
2
0
2
-2.09
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Host Bangladesh stuns defending champion South Africa by 43 runs #U19CWC


·       Smith's 100 goes in vain as Bangladesh's Mehidy and Saifuddin share six wickets in tournament opener

·       Lawrence and Burham hit centuries in England's comfortable 299 runs win over Fiji; seamer Mahmood picks up three wickets for two runs in five overs

Nazmul Hossain 

Liam Smith


Host Bangladesh gave the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 a momentous start with a 43-run victory over defending champion South Africa in Wednesday's opening Group A match which was produced by the ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.

In a Group C fixture at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham hit centuries as title contender England brushed aside Fiji by 299 runs.


Bangladesh, which elected to bat on a slow pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, lost wickets just when the batsmen appeared to have settled down and was restricted to 240 for seven in its 50 overs.

Nazmul Hossain hit 73 off 82 balls to boost the total after useful contributions from Pinak Ghosh (43) and Joyraz Sheik (46).


The target proved too tough for South Africa, which was bowled out for 197 in the penultimate over despite a defiant 100 from opener Liam Smith.


Smith batted till the 45th over before being the seventh batsman out, caught superbly in the covers by Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan.

Mehidy, leading his nation in the second successive ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, picked up three for 37 with his off-spin. Seamer Mohammad Saifuddin took three for 30.


It was Bangladesh's first win over South Africa in the ICC U19 World Cup following four previous defeats, but Wednesday's victory was its 12th in 15 matches against the same opponents over the past two years.


With Scotland and Namibia the other sides in the group home team's victory makes it the favourite to secure top place from Group A and avoid a possible quarter-final clash against Rahul Dravid-coached India.


Nazmul Hossain, who was named man of the match, said the slow wicket made their total a challenging target.

"The ball was not coming on to the bat, so we thought it was a good total," said Nazmul. "I just wanted to bat as long as possible and hold one end up. But I was still a bit disappointed that we could not get another 20-odd runs."


Nazmul insisted his team will not relax after beating South Africa.


"We can't afford to relax or lose focus," he said. "We have just put one game away but we must concentrate on the next match and then the next. In a tournament like this there is no room for comfort."

South African captain Tony de Zorzi said Smith's century was a great positive to come out from what was a disappointing defeat for his side.


"I think Smith played superbly," said de Zorzi. "240 was certainly not a bad total to be chasing but we did not have wickets in hand. We lost the game in the second half. Hopefully we will do better in the next match."


In their next matches in Cox's Bazar on Sunday, Bangladesh will take on Scotland while South Africa will face Namibia.

Meanwhile, England piled up 371 for three in its 50 overs against Fiji, with Essex's Lawrence smashing 174 off 150 balls with 25 boundaries and a six, and Burnham of Durham making 148 off 137 balls with 19 fours and four sixes.


The pair put on 303 for the second wicket after opener Max Holden had been dismissed in the third over.


England, whose squad includes nine players with experience of senior county cricket back home, bowled Fiji out for 72 in only 27.3 overs.


Peni Vuniwaqa was the lone batsman to offer any resistance with 36 as four batsmen failed to score and five others did not reach double figures.


Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood grabbed three wickets for two runs in his five overs and his new-ball partner Sam Curran of Surrey took three for 22.

England next plays the West Indies on Friday and Fiji takes on Zimbabwe the same day.


The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.


Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate championships.


Scores in brief:


Group A - Bangladesh beat South Africa by 43 runs in Chittagong
Bangladesh 240-7, 50 overs (Nazmul Hossin 73, Joyraz Sheik 46, Pinak Ghosh 43; Wiaan Mulder 3-42)
South Africa 197 all out, 48.4 overs (Liam Smith 100; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-30, Mehidy Hasan 3-37)


Group C - England beat Fiji by 299 runs in Chittagong
England 371-3, 50 overs (Dan Lawrence 174, Jack Burnham 148)
Fiji 72 all out, 27.3 overs (Peni Vuniwaqa 36; Saqib Mahmood 3-2, Sam Curran 3-22)


Thursday's matches:
Group D - India v Ireland, Mirpur
Group D - New Zealand v Nepal, Fatullah
Group B - Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sylhet
Group B - Sri Lanka v Canada, Sylhet


Points table

Group A

Team Played Won Lost Points
Bangladesh 1 1 0 2
South Africa 1 0 1 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
Pakistan
0
0
0
0
Sri Lanka
0
0
0
0
Afghanistan
0
0
0
0
Canada
0
0
0
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
England
1
1
0
2
West Indies
0
0
0
0
Zimbabwe
0
0
0
0
Fiji
1
0
1
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
Australia
0
0
0
0
India
0
0
0
0
New Zealand
0
0
0
0
Nepal
0
0
0
0

·       Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship
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