Tuesday 16 January, 2018

West Indies make losing start at Under 19 World Cup

Defending champions West Indies lost their opening match of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup against hosts New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

The Caribbean side lost by eight wickets.

The Windies made 233 for eight in their 50 overs with Matthew Fisher and Rachin Ravindra taking three wickets each.

And then Finn Allen became just the seventh New Zealander to score a century in the tournament's history to help New Zealand to their target with 10 overs to spare.

 Allen had a brilliant partnership with Jakob Bhula.

The pair put on 163 runs for the second wicket, with Allen finished unbeaten on 115 off 100 balls, eclipsing his previous high score of 97 against Ireland at the last Under 19 World Cup in 2016, while Bhula fell on 83 with New Zealand requiring a further 24 runs for victory.

Captain Kaylum Boshier joined Allen for the final overs of the chase, but by then the job almost complete.

Allen and Bhula came together at the end of the 10th over after Rachin Ravindra was dismissed for 16 off the bowling of Ronaldo Alimohamed.

Earlier, West Indies put on 123 runs for the opening wicket, before Ravindra made the much needed breakthrough of Kimani Melius for 78.

The dismissal saw the runs dry up for the West Indies as the Caribbean side slumped to  150 for four on their way to  233 for eight from their 50 overs.

West Indies take on South Africa in their second pool game on Wednesday in Mount Maunganui, while New Zealand will play Kenya in Christchurch.