Thursday 24 September, 2020

Windies blow England away for second victory in ICC U19 World Cup

Nyeem Young in action against England at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

Nyeem Young in action against England at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

The West Indies continued their excellent start to the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, as they defeated England by 71 runs via the  Duckworth/Lewis method in their second Group B game at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Monday.

The Windies youngsters were put in by England and compiled a testing score of 267 for seven in their 50 overs.

A late afternoon shower cut down the overs that England had to try and chase the target, but the varied islanders' attack had already done a great job in constricting the scoring, on a pitch that assisted the spinners.

Batting first, West Indies saw Kevlon Anderson mix patience with mighty power, as he made his way to a very important 86 not out.

He was the glue for the innings and allowed others to attack.

One of those was Nyeem Young, who blazed 66 from 41 balls, with five boundaries and four clearances of the rope.

Young gave the Windies a target to defend, and they did just that. It was Young himself who was at the forefront, helping himself to five for 45 in nine excellent overs.

England got plenty of starts, but none of their players kicked on in the fashion of Anderson and Young.

Tom Clark (38), Ben Charlesworth (36) and Jack Haynes (27) all did the hard work but then fell as the asking rate got out of control.

Skipper Kimani Melius switched his bowlers cleverly, and Young kept on striking, and even the sudden storm could not derail the young men in maroon, with England ending on 184 for nine, in 43.4 overs.

"We are happy with the performance, and it will be hard to change a winning team," Melius said, ahead of their final group game.

West Indies beat Australia by three wickets in their opening match on Saturday.

In another match, Australia crushed Nigeria by 10 wickets at the Country Club B Field.

West Indies will wrap up their Group B fixture on Thursday against Nigeria in Kimberley.

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