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England steps closer to quarter-finals with second successive win

England was on the verge of a
quarter-final berth in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with a 61-run win
over a fighting West Indies in Chittagong
 on Friday.

England’s second successive win in Group C – it beat Fiji on Wednesday –was built around an impressive 282
for seven from 50 overs after it elected to bat first. There were two
half-centuries from Dan Lawrence (55) and Callum Taylor (59), and useful
contributions from George Bartlett (48) and Sam Curran (39).

The West Indies made a strong comeback after Curran had taken two wickets in
the first over, but was bowled out for 221 in the 44th over. Gidron Pope (60) put on
82 runs for the third wicket with Keacy Carty (22) before Keemo Paul took the
fight into the rival camp with a pugnacious 65 off 58 balls. 
Lawrence followed his half-century with two wickets to be adjudged the player
of the match, but the bowling honours went to seamer Saqib Mahmood who claimed
four for 42.

“It got a bit nervous out there when their partnerships were going, but in the
end it was a comfortable win,” said England captain Brad Taylor. “I think the seamers did a great job in conditions that did not favour them,
but the spinners allowed us to get a lot of dot balls. Everyone held their
nerves in what was a good win.”


need a point in its last match against Zimbabwe on Sunday to finish as group leader.


West Indies captain
Shimron Hetmyer said the poor start set his team back. “We needed a good start
to chase a total like that but we lost two wickets in the first over,” he said.
“Keemo and Pope batted well and that is a positive we can take.”


The West Indies needs to win both its remaining matches
convincingly to march into the Super League stage.


began its campaign in Group C by cruising to a seven-wicket win over Fiji,
sending the first-timer to its second successive defeat.


Off-spinner Wesley
Madhevere grabbed five for 24 as Fiji was shot out for 81 in 27.4 overs, a score
Zimbabwe surpassed in the 19th over
with Brendan Sly remaining unbeaten on 29.

Zimbabwe takes on England in its second league match on Sunday,
needing a win to strengthen its chances of progressing to the Super League
quarter-finals, while Fiji clashes with the West Indies on the same day.


Namibia made a
creditable start in Group A with a surprisingly easy nine-wicket rout of
Scotland to keep its dream alive of making the Super League quarter-finals for
the first time.

Namibia, whose best-ever finish in the tournament was 11th place in 2008 and had lost both its
warm-up matches in Bangladesh, made short work of Scotland in a one-sided

The Scots were reduced to 129 for nine after electing to bat, before a
last-wicket partnership of 30 between Scott Cameron and Mohammad Ghaffar lifted
them to 159 all out. Michael van Lingen took three wickets.

Nambia eased past the target in 26 overs following an opening stand of 95
between SJ Loftie-Eaton (67 not out) and Niko Davin (52). Skipper Zane Green
was unbeaten on 39.


the early success, the Namibians will still need to win one of their two
remaining matches against South Africa and host Bangladesh to ensure a place in
the quarter-finals.


“It was a good team
performance all-round,” said Green. “We started good with the bat and finished
well with the ball. We really look forward to our other matches now.”

Scotland’s captain Neil Flack said he was disappointed at the defeat, but vowed
to bounce back.


“We had a bad day, but credit to
Namibia. It made us pay,” said Flack. “Our plans did not come through with the
bat. We played a few silly shots. But trust me, we will bounce back.

“Cricket is a funny game, anything can happen. We are determined to make a
strong comeback.”

Scotland must defeat both Bangladesh and South Africa to qualify.


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


Scores in brief:

Group A –
Namibia beat Scotland by nine wickets in Cox’s Bazar 
Scotland 159 all out, 36.3 overs (Owais Shah 39, Haris Aslam 31; Michael van
Lingen 3-19)
Namibia 162-1, 26 overs (SJ Loftie-Eaton 67 not out, Niko Davin 52, Zane Green
39 not out)


Group C –
Zimbabwe beat Fiji by seven wickets in Chittagong
Fiji 81 all out, 27.4 overs (Wesley Madhevere 5-24, Blessing Mavuta 3-13)
Zimbabwe 84-3, 18.5 overs (Brendan Sly 29 not out, Jeremy Ives 23)

Group C – England beat the West Indies by 61 runs in Chittagong
England 282-7, 50 overs (Dan Lawrence 55, Callum Taylor 59, George Bartlett 48,
Sam Curran 39; Gidron Pope 2-45)
West Indies 221 all out, 43.4 overs (Gidron Pope 60, Keemo Paul 65; Saqib
Mahmood 4-42, Sam Curran 2-23, Dan Lawrence 2-38)

Saturday’s fixtures:

Group B – Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Sylhet

Group B – Canada v Pakistan, Sylhet

Group D – India v New Zealand, Mirpur

Group D – Ireland v Nepal, Fatullah


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