TOWNSVILLE: Australia and South Africa continued their unbeaten run as they set up a semi-final clash of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup with contrasting victories in their Super League quarter-finals on Sunday.
At the Endeavour Park No 2, defending champions Australia earned a hard-fought five-wicket win over Bangladesh with skipper Will Bosisto leading from the front as his side overcame the loss of early wickets to chase down Bangladesh’s total of 171.
South Africa, on the other hand, were clinical in their performance against England in the other Super League quarter-final as they registered a 103-run victory at the Tony Ireland Stadium.
Meanwhile, on Monday, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will meet at the Tony Ireland Stadium in the third quarter-final. Both India (2000 and 2008) and Pakistan (2004 and 2006) have won the title twice.
This will also be the first of two potential meetings between the two Asian powerhouses this year in ICC events. If all goes according to ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 seedings, then the two former champions could clash in the Super Eight stage at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sept 30.
New Zealand and West Indies will figure in the fourth and final quarter-final, also on Monday, at Endeavour Park No 1.
The winners of India-Pakistan and New Zealand-West Indies matches will play in the second semi-final at Tony Ireland Stadium on Thursday.
England were bowled out for 141 in pursuit of the South Africa’s total of 245.
Opener Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s leading run-getter, was an early casualty but captain Chad Bowes (46), left-hander Murray Coetzee (67 off 83 balls with six fours) and all-rounder Theunis de Bruyn (54 off 65, six fours) combined to get Proteas to a useful score.
England seamer Reece Topley (3-45) bowled well at the death.
Top order duo of Ben Foakes (54 off 72 balls with four boundaries and one six) and Alex Davies (54 off 103, six fours) were the only key contributors for England as 18-year-old off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen and seamers Calvin Savage and Lizaad Williams joined forces to ruin England’s hopes.
Subrayen, the Man-of-the-Match, removed Foakes to break a century partnership with Davies, and went on to snap up four for 24.
He was well backed by excellent fielding by the whole side, while wicket-keeper de Kock finished with three catches and two stumpings, with four of those dismissals coming off the bowling of Subrayen.
Brief scores of other quarter-finals: Super League: At Endeavour Park No 2, Townsville: Australia beat Bangladesh by five wickets.
BANGLADESH 171 in 43 overs (Soumya Sarkart 73; Travis Head 3-30, Ashton Turner 2-22, Joel Paris 2-38); AUSTRALIA 172-5 in 45.5 overs (Will Bosisto 71 not out, Travis Head 44; Taskin Ahmed 2-31, Abu Jayed 2-37).
Plate Championship: At Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane: Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs.
SCOTLAND 241-7 in 50 overs (Nicholas Farrar 58, Peter Ross 43, Aman Bilawal 30 not out; Luke Jongwe 2-31, Kyle Bowie 2-50); ZIMBABWE 200-9 in 50 overs (Ryan Burl 52; Ruaidhri Smith 2-23, Kyle Smith 2-36, Gavin Main 2-59).
At Allan Border Field, Brisbane: Afghanistan beat Papua New Guinea by four wickets.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 239-5 in 50 overs (Chris Kent 105 not out, Nigel Boge 55 not out; Aftab Alam 2-41); AFGHANISTAN 244-6 in 49 overs (Mohibullah Paak 54 not out, Noor-ul-Haq 34, Najibullah Zadran 32).
Monday’s quarter-final fixtures: Super League: India v Pakistan (Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville); New Zealand v West Indies (Endeavour Park No 1, Townsville).
Plate Championship: Sri Lanka v Nepal (Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane); Ireland v Namibia (WEP Harris Oval, Brisbane).—Agencies