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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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C - #U19CWC



England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C

·       Fiji prepares to make debut; Zimbabwe the other side in the group

·       Taylor: "We play Fiji in our first game and we won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe"

·       Lloyd: "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies"

·       Tuitoga: "We are honored to be the first to represent Fiji in a cricket World Cup, and we want to fight through to the end"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



England and the West Indies will start as favourites to advance to the Super League Stage from Group C at the expense of Zimbabwe and debutant Fiji in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February.

The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven qualifiers from the 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 Championship.

England, seeking to end an 18-year drought after winning its only title way back in 1998 in South Africa, reached the semi-finals in the United Arab Emirates two years ago.

The current side is led by Brad Taylor, an off-spinning all-rounder from Hampshire who is one of nine players in the squad to have played county cricket at the senior level. Taylor was appointed captain just ahead of the tri-series in Sri Lanka before Christmas last year, which India won, and he hopes to celebrate his elevation with a good performance in Bangladesh.

"Captaincy is something that came around pretty quickly for me, which makes it even more exciting," Taylor said. "I had not captained the team until we played in Sri Lanka, but I really enjoyed that experience and we're all excited about playing in a World Cup.


"That tournament was really important for us. Conditions in Bangladesh are going to be very different from what we're used to in England, so that allowed us to acclimatise to similar conditions and pitches. We improved with every game we played, and learned lots of lessons."

Taylor also said he expected the West Indies to be the toughest opponent in the group, but refused to take victory against Zimbabwe and Fiji for granted.

"We play Fiji in our first game and we have to concentrate on winning that one first," he said. "We won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe in our last game. They have shown at the senior level recently that they can still be challenging opponents."

Taylor did not remember England's victory way back in 1998 but sought to be inspired by the side that made the semi-finals two years ago.

"The team did brilliantly in Dubai when expectations before the tournament were not very high. But they put in some brilliant performances, especially beating India to get to the semi-finals. Hopefully we can do as well as them or even better."

The West Indies will be captained by top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who also took part in the 2014 tournament. He and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph are the only two players in the squad with first-class experience.


Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who is now the chairman of selectors, was confident of a good performance by the teenagers. "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies."

"We see them as future Test cricketers and this tournament is an opportunity for them to be exposed at the international level against strong opposition," he said.

While Zimbabwe will be led by Brandon Mavuta, Fiji will make its maiden appearance in the tournament under Saimoni Tuitoga, who said his team is excited at the chance of play in a world event.

"We are honored to be the first to represent the nation in a cricket World Cup," Tuitoga said. "It's not going to be easy but we know this opportunity is one that should not be taken for granted and want to make sure that we push the Tier One nations."

"For our families, our coaches and for us we want to make sure that we fight through to the end and at least try and win two of our three group matches. The underdog tag relieves a lot of pressure and expectation from us."

Group C action kicks off from 27 January when England play Fiji in Chittagong. All eyes will be on the England-West Indies encounter which will take place on 29 January also in Chittagong.

Squads:

England - Brad Taylor (capt.), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.
Coach - Andy Hurry


West Indies - Shimron Hetmyer (capt.), Shahid Crooks, Keacy Carty, Michael Frew,  Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.
Coach - Graeme West


Zimbabwe - Brandon Mavuta (capt.), Trevvor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Kundai Matigimu, William Mashinge, Wessly Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray, Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder, Milton Shumba.
Coach - Stephen Mangongo


Fiji - Saimoni Tuitoga (capt.), Josaia Baleicikoibia, Malakai Cokovaki, Petero Cabebula, Jack Charters,  Jordan Dunham, Vaibhav Kapadia, Delaimatuku Maraiwai, Ledua Qionivoka, Samuel Saunokonoko,  Cakacaka Tikoisuva, Peni Vuniwaqa, Sosiceni Weleilakeba, Tuwai Yabaki.
Coach - Shane Jurgensen


Group C schedule
Jan 27: England v Fiji, Chittagong
Jan 29: Zimbabwe v Fiji; Chittagong; England v West Indies, Chittagong
Jan 31: West Indies v Fiji; Chittagong; England v Zimbabwe, Chittagong
Feb 2: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Chittagong

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