England and Afghanistan with big wins

Dewald Brevis – dubbed the ‘Baby AB’ by his teammates for his batting likenesses to the legendary batsman – followed up his 65 against India with a century against Uganda as South Africa recorded a resounding victory. Despite Brevis’s effort, South Africa could only make 231 for 9 in their 50 overs as captain Pascal Murugi and Juma Miyaji combined to trigger a late collapse that saw South Africa fall from 200 for 4 in the 45th over to 224 for 9 in the 49th. Yet, their total of 231 was more than enough as Uganda fell way short in the batting department, folding for 110 with #3 batsman Issac Ategeka’s 29 being the best effort. South Africa captain George Van Heerden used seven bowlers and each of them made a dent in Uganda’s innings as the chasers just couldn’t string a partnership together.

Brief Scores: South Africa U19 231/9 in 50 overs (Dewald Brevis 104, GV Heerden 36; Juma Miyaji 3-33, Pascal Murugi 3-58) beat Uganda U19 110 in 33.4 overs (Issac Ategeka 29; Liam Adler 2-13, Aphiwe Mnyanda 2-24) by 121 runs

England U19 vs Canada U19

In St. Kitts, England had more than just one big batting contribution as opener George Thomas (52), captain Tom Prest (93), Will Luxton (41), George Bell (57 off 35) and James Sales (23* off 18) combined to post a daunting 320 for 7. Though Canada’s batsmen made starts, England stifled them all through the efforts of Joshua Boyden (4 for 44), Prest (3 for 38) and Jacob Bethell (3 for 45). Despite starts for Anoop Chima, Ethan Gibson and Gurnek Johal Singh, Canada fell well short of the target.

Brief Scores: England U19 321/7 in 50 overs (Tom Prest 93, George Bell 57, George Thomas 52; Kairav Sharma 3-51) beat Canada U19 214 in 50 overs (Gurnek Johal Singh 44, Anoop Chima 38; Joshua Boyden 4-44, Tom Prest 3-38) by 106 runs

Afghanistan U19 vs Papua New Guinea U19

Afghanistan followed an underwhelming batting performance with a ruthless bowling show that saw them bowl out PNG for just 65 after the batsmen could only post 200. PNG, who had a humbling start to the tournament proper with a thrashing at the hands of Zimbabwe, did well to keep Afghanistan down to a sub-par total. If not for a middle-order fight from captain Suliman Safi, Ijaz Ahmedzai and Khaiber Wali, Afghanistan would’ve finished with a much lower total. But where the batsmen faltered, the bowlers steadied. To such an extent that, only the No.8 batsman for PNG – Aue Oru – managed to get to a score in the double figures besides the 21 runs that Afghanistan conceded in extras, including 15 in wides.

Each of Afghanistan’s five bowlers responded well to the task of defending a low total, with Izharulhaq Naveed picking three wickets. PNG crashed and burned on their way to another batting collapse as they could only score three more runs than the opposition skipper, Safi.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan U19 200 in 38.2 overs (Suliman Safi 62, Ijaz Ahmedzai 45; Katenalaki Singi 4-18, Rasan Kevau 3-23) beat PNG U19 65 in 20.5 overs (Aue Oru 13; Izharulhaq Naveed 3-14, Nangyalai Khan 2-5) by 135 runs

England show off batting firepower

England only needed to chase down 98 to win their opening game against Bangladesh but could flex their batting muscles when inserted by Canada at Warner Park.

Jacob Bethell (7) was bowled in the seventh over, bringing together George Thomas and captain Tom Prest who immediately took the game to the Canadian bowling attack. Prest was particularly good at picking length and pealed a pair of fours from the final over of the powerplay, which England ended at 48 for one. He also played an inventive scoop off Gurnek Singh for four behind square and brought up his half-century in 58 balls.

Prest lost Thomas midway through the innings when he played a tentative push and missed, bowled for 52 at 116 for two. He was ably supported by James Rew (33) and when the skipper was trapped in front for a run-a-ball 93, the momentum was maintained by William Luxton and George Bell.

The buccaneering pair struck five sixes between them with Bell responsible for three in an eye-catching 57 from just 35 balls. That took England to 320-7 from 50 overs.

England got rid of Canada opener Siddh Lad (5) in the fifth over but were met with firm resistance in the form of a second-wicket stand worth 60.

Keeper-batter Anook Chima made a measured 38 from 65 balls and Yasir Mahmood (25) joined him at the crease for a productive ten overs. Skipper Prest got rid of Mahmood and then four wickets fell for 35 runs as the Canadian run chase floundered.

England were defied by Gurnek Singh, who hit four fours and two sixes, and Ethan Gibson who also played a range of attacking shots in a seventh-wicket stand worth 74. But Josh Boyden took control with the ball and snaffled three of the last four wickets to fall to tear 4-44, his second four-wicket hall in as many games. Canada were only bowled out in the penultimate over, for 214.

Afghanistan excel with bat and ball

Afghanistan, quarter-finals at the last edition of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, made a steady start but were rocked by shedding three wickets in four overs inside the powerplay.

Mohammad Ishaq (21) was brilliantly caught by Peter Karoho, Bilal Sayedi (12) was comprehensively bowled and Allah Noor (2) flicked to a fielder as they sank to 40 for three.

The innings hinged on the fourth-wicket stand between captain Suliman Safi and Ijaz Ahmadzai, who took the game away from PNG with a partnership of 105.

They struck a perfect balance between attack and defence and dealt primarily in boundaries, with 44 of Safi’s 62 runs coming from fours and Ahmadzai striking seven fours and a six. They were separated by Katenalaki Singi at 145-4 and his superb spell of 4-18 from five overs helped bowl Afghanistan out for 200 in 38.2 overs.

But PNG, appearing at the event for the eighth time, never looked likely to chase it down and it was downhill from the moment that Karoho was bowled on the first ball of the innings.

The Afghan attack all excelled and emerged with remarkable figures, with Naveed Zadran taking 2-9 from five overs and Nangeyalia Kharote 2-5 from three. With No.8 Aue Oru top-scoring with 13, PNG were dismissed for 65 from 20.5 overs. Next up for Afghanistan is rivals Pakistan on Thursday, who PNG then face on Saturday.

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