TOWNSVILLE: West Indies scored an impressive four-wicket victory over two-time former champions India in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in their Group ‘C’ fixture at the Tony Ireland Stadium here on Sunday.
India were restricted to 166 for eight by a tight West Indies bowling unit since they unable to strike up any significant partnerships.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Smit Patel top scored for the side, hitting a patient 51 (99 balls, five boundaries) before being bowled by paceman Ronsford Beaton who finished as the most successful bowler with figures of 10-1-33-3.
Indian fast bowler Sandeep Sharma snared the early wickets of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (four) and Sunil Ambris (four), finishing with the tidy figures of two for 27.
But John Campbell (36) and Anthony Alleyne (52) put the West Indies back on track with a 58-run third wicket partnership.
Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh picked up three wickets but unfortunately not enough to successfully defend the Indian total England bounced back from their loss to Australia on Saturday’s opening day of the tournament to beat Ireland by seven wickets in the other Group ‘C’ in Townsville.
Tyrone Kane (28) and George Dockrell (26) were the best of the Irish batsmen contributing over half of the modest total of 109 set for England to chase after left-arm quick Reece Topley took three for 14 from nine overs.
England lost their openers early before surpassing the total in the 36th over.
South African opener Quinton de Kock helped his side to a one-sided victory over Bangladesh by 133 runs in the Group ‘B’ tie at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
The 19-year-old de Kock’s 93-ball knock of 95 (nine fours and two sixes) was the mainstay of South Africa’s total of 294 for eight.
Bangladesh were unable to replicate their good batting form from the opening day’s win over Sri Lanka, and were dismissed for 161 in 34.3 overs.
A Man-of-the-Match effort by captain Will Young was just the ticket for New Zealand as they overcame qualifiers Scotland by 39 runs at John Blanch Oval in Buderim.
Scotland captain Paddy Saddler won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. But his NZ counterpart had other ideas, and forged a match-deciding 115 off 111 balls with five fours and three sixes to steer his side to 247 for nine.
Scotland mounted a gallant challenge, with Freddy Coleman (65) impressive but they fell short by 39 runs after dismissed for 208 in the 47th over.
Brief scores: At Endeavour Park No 1: Group ‘A’ — England beat Ireland by seven wickets.
Ireland 109 in 42.2 overs (Tyrone Kane 28, George Dockrell 26; Reece Topley 3-14); England 113-3 in 36.2 overs (Ben Foakes 32, Aneesh Kapil 31 not out, Craig Overturn 26 not out).
At John Blanch Oval, Buderim: Group B — New Zealand beat Scotland by 39 runs.
New Zealand 247-9 in 50 overs (Will Young 115, Robert O’Donnell 50; Ruaidhri Smith 3-34, Aman Bailwal 2-53, Patrick Sadler 2-55); Scotland 208 in 46.5 overs (Freddie Coleman 65, Ross McLean 36; Connor Neynens 3-24, Ish Sodhi 3-35, Henry Walsh 2-51).
At Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville: Group ‘C’ — West Indies beat India by six wickets.
India 166-8 in 50 overs (Smit Patel 51, Vijay Zol 26, Unmukt Chand 22; Ronsford Beaton 3-33, Jerome Jones 2-23, Kyle Mayers 2-35); West Indies 167-6 in 47.1 overs (Anthony Alleyne 52, Kyle Mayers 43, John Campbell 36; Harmeet Singh 3-35, Sandeep Sharma 2-27).
At Allan Border Field, Brisbane: Group ‘D’ — South Africa beat Bangladesh by 133 runs South Africa 294-8 in 50 overs (Quinton de Kock 95, Thenuis de Bruyn 63, Murray Coetzee 29, Shaylin Pillay 27; Noor Hossain 3-44, Nasum Ahmed 3-45); Bangladesh 161 in 34.3 overs (Anamul Haque 39, Al-Amin 33, Nurul Hasan 27; Vincent Moore 3-44, Shaylin Pillay 2-4, Corne Dry 2-34)
Monday’s fixtures: Australia v Nepal (Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville); Pakistan v Scotland (Kev Hackney Oval, Sunshine Coast); Papua New Guinea v West Indies (Endeavour Park No 1, Townsville); Namibia v Sri Lanka (Allan Border Field, Brisbane).—Agencies