The West Indies’ decision to base themselves in Australia for an extended period prior to the start of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 provided an immediate outcome on Sunday, with an impressive four wickets victory over India in a Group C fixture before the ESPN STAR Sports’ cameras at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Queensland.
The Caribbean crew was unbeaten in four warm-up games in Brisbane before heading to Townsville and showed the value of a strong batting line-up and a fast bowling attack that is relishing the bouncy pitches in Queensland.
Meanwhile, in the other matches of the day, South Africa got its tournament underway in similar fashion by overcoming Bangladesh by 133 runs in Brisbane, New Zealand did not miss a beat against qualifier Scotland by winning its Group B match by 39 runs, and England bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Australia to beat Ireland by seven wickets in a Group C match in Townsville.
After the first two days, all teams have now played at least one game.
West Indies beats two-time former champion India
The West Indies kicked off its campaign with a successful run-chase against India, beating the two-time former champion by four wickets. India was restricted to 166 for eight by a tight West Indies bowling unit as the two-time former champion was unable to strike up any significant partnerships.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel top scored for the side, hitting a patient 51 (99b, 5x4) before being bowled by paceman Ronsford Beaton who finished as the most successful West Indies bowler with figures of 10-1-33-3.
Right-arm medium-pacer Kyle Mayers claimed the important wicket of India captain Unmukt Chand and was consistent, ending with two for 35 from 10 overs.
India’s 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 from 10 overs with two maidens.
But John Campbell (36) and Anthony Alleyne (52) put the West Indies back on track with a 58-run third wicket partnership. For the fifth wicket, Alleyne and Kyle Mayers (43) put on another 58 runs after the West Indies had slipped from 71 for two to 75 for four.
India’s left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh was handy with the ball picking up three wickets but unfortunately not enough to successfully defend the Indian total and the West Indies claimed victory with 17 balls to spare.
Mayers, who was adjudged player of the match, later said: “India had some quality spinners and I thought they bowled really well with great variation. I tried to bowl as tight as possible to create some pressure and eventually it worked out.
“There is always room for improvement; I would have liked to bat right through to the end.
“It is always good to start with a win and we would like to keep winning as a habit and continue on and win all of our games,” he said.
England beats Ireland by seven wickets
England bounced back from its loss to Australia on the opening day of the tournament to beat Ireland by seven wickets. The Irish batting line-up failed to fire with the English bowlers making light work of its top order, dismissing the side in the 42nd over.
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.
Left-arm quick Reece Topley was dynamic with the ball, finishing the day with the impressive figures of three for 14 from nine overs to later collect the player of the match award.
England lost its openers early. But the Irish bowling attack could not stop England from patiently chipping away to surpass the total in the 36th over.
South Africa rout Bangladesh by 133 runs
The experience of 12 first-class, 18 List A and 17 T20 games helped South Africa’s opener and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock to stay focussed as he helped his side to a one-sided victory over Bangladesh at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
De Kock’s knock of 95 (93b, 9x4, 2x6) was the mainstay of South Africa’s total of 294 for eight but the 19-year-old from Johannesburg admitted afterwards he had been feeling the pressure coming into their opening game of the tournament.
“I’m still getting used to the conditions. The pitches are not very different to home, maybe it is a bit bouncier here.
“There are pressures of playing in a competition like this one. Playing first class cricket has helped me but the level we are playing at here is not much different to that.”
Together with Theunis de Bruyn (63; 54b, 8x4, 2x6), de Kock added 52 runs for the third wicket after de Kock had put on 70 runs for the second wicket with Shaylin Pillay (27).
Chasing South Africa’s total of 294 for eight, Bangladesh was unable to replicate its good batting form from the opening day’s win over Sri Lanka, and was dismissed for 161 from 34.3 overs.
Moore, a late replacement for the usual South Africa spearhead Rabian Engelbrecht who was injured two days before the squad left for Australia, took three for 44 from 10 overs today.
“Rabian was important to us but we have covered his loss pretty well, with Vincent, and Lizaad Williams doing a good job for us today,’’ de Kock said.
Williams did not take a wicket but his no wickets for 28 from seven overs ensured the Bangladesh top order was not able to get a flying start to its run chase.
New Zealand’s Will leads from the front
A man of the match effort by captain Will Young was just the ticket for New Zealand as it overcame qualifiers Scotland by 39 runs at John Blanck Oval. Scotland captain Paddy Saddler won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat.
With New Zealand openers Joe Carter (12, 20b, 2x4) and Michael Davidson (20, 49b, 3x4) back in the sheds at the score of 61 for two, Saddler would have felt somewhat vindicated by his call.
But his NZ counterpart had other ideas, and forged a match-deciding 115 (111b, 5x4, 3x6) to steer his side to 247 for nine after the 50 overs.
Young, who has played four-first class matches for Central Districts, and Robert O’Donnell (50, 75b, 3x4) were solid against the willing Scottish attack, led by right-arm medium-pacer Ruaidhri Smith, who finished three for 34 from 10 overs with two maidens.
Scotland mounted a gallant challenge, with Freddy Coleman (65, 80b, 5x4, 1x6) impressive but they fell short by 39 runs after dismissed for 208 in the 47th over.
New Zealand seamer Connor Neynens caught the eye with three for 24 from10 overs, including one maiden.
Scores in brief:
Group A - England beat Ireland by seven wickets, Endeavour Park 1
Ireland 109 all out, 42.2 overs (Tyrone Kane 28, George Dockrell 26; Reece Topley 3-14)
England 113 for three, 36.2 overs (Ben Foakes 32, Aneesh Kapil 31 not out, Craig Overturn 26 not out)
Player of the match – Reece Topley (England)
Group B - New Zealand beat Scotland by 39 runs at John Blanck Oval, Sunshine Coast
New Zealand 247 for nine, 50 overs (Will Young 115, Robert O’Donnell 50; Ruaidhri Smith 3-34, Aman Bailwal 2-53, Patrick Sadler 2-55)
Scotland 208 all out, 46.5 overs (Freddie Coleman 65, Ross McLean 36; Connor Neynens 3-24, Ish Sodhi 3-35, Henry Walsh 2-51)
Player of the match – Will Young (New Zealand)
Group C - West Indies beat India by six wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
India 166 for eight, 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 for six, 47.1 overs (Anthony Alleyne 52, Kyle Mayers 43, John Campbell 36; Harmeet Singh 3-35, Sandeep Sharma 2-27
Player of the match - Kyle Mayers (West Indies)
Group D - South Africa beat Bangladesh by 133 runs at Allan Border Field, Brisbane
South Africa 294 for eight, 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 all out, 34.3 overs (Anamul Haque 39, Al-Amin 33, Nurul Hasan 27; Vincent Moore 3-44, Shaylin Pillay 2-4, Corne Dry 2-34)
Player of the match – Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
* Group A - Australia v Nepal, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Group B - Pakistan v Scotland, Kev Hackney Oval, Sunshine Coast
Group C - PNG v West Indies, Endeavour Park No 1, Townsville
Group D - Namibia v Sri Lanka, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Group A – Australia v Ireland, Endeavour Park 1, Townsville
Group B – New Zealand v Afghanistan, Kev Hackney Oval, Sunshine Coast
*Group C – India v Zimbabwe, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Group D – South Africa v Namibia, Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane
* Indicates broadcast matches