Defending champions South Africa was upset out of the ICC U-19 World Cup as it lost to Namibia in their Group A match. Namibia topped the Group and has reached the quarter-finals alongside Bangladesh, who defeated Scotland. In the other two matches held today, West Indies defeated Fiji in their Group C match, while England notched a win against Zimbabwe.
Batting first South Africa put up a paltry total of 136 runs in 50 overs. Willem Ludick top-scored for the South Africans with 42 runs, while Michael van Lingen was the most successful Namibian bowler picking four wickets. Needing 137 to win, the Namibians lost three quick wickets, before Lohan Louwrens’ played maturely steering the side towards victory. Louwrens remained unbeaten on 58 as Namibia finished the chase, scoring 137 runs with two wickets and 62 balls to spare. For his efforts with the ball, van Lingen was chosen as player of the match.
In the other Group B match between Bangladesh and Scotland, Bangladesh was put to bat first by Scotland, who won the toss. The Bangladeshi batsmen put up a commanding total of 256 runs in 50 overs riding on the backs of scores of opener Saif Hussain, who made 49 runs, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who remained unbeaten at 113 runs and skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who contributed 51 runs. Mohammad Ghaffar was the most successful bowler for Scotland with figures of 4/60 in his 10 overs.
In their response, the Scottish boys could however manage to put 142 runs, before they were all out. Azeem Dar top-scored with 50 runs for Scotland, while Mohammad Saifuddin and Saleh Ahmed Shawon were the most successful Bangladeshi bowlers, picking three wickets each. Nazmul Hossain Shanto was adjudged as player of the match.
In the two Group C matches, England batted first and put 288 runs on the board. Openers Dan Lawrence and Max Holden put up a century stand for the first wicket, with Lawrence scoring 59 runs and Holden scoring 51 runs. Jack Burnham then continued on and remained unbeaten at 106 runs. Rugare Magarira was the most successful bowler for Zimbabwe picking two of the four wickets that fell, including that of Lawrence.
Needing 289 to win, the Zimbabwean U-19 team however was whittled for 159 runs despite Jeremy Ives’ hard-fought 91. Saqib Mahmood picked four wickets for England finishing as the team’s best bowler even as Burnham was acknowledged as player of the match.
The other Group C match saw West Indies defeat the Fijian team comfortably. Batting first, the West Indian team put a massive total of 340 runs. Shamar Springer with 106 runs, Gidron Pope with 76 runs and Jyd Goolie with 66 runs were the top-scorers for West Indies. Cakacaka Tikoisuva was the pick of the Fijian bowling order as he picked six of the seven West Indian wickets. In their chase, the Fijian batsmen could only manage to score 78 runs before they were all out.
Peni Vuniwaqa was the top-scorer for Fiji with 29 runs, while Pope was the most successful West Indian bowler with four wickets. Pope was also selected as player of the match for his all-round performance.