Australia marks second win in ICC U19 World Cup


Connor Sully showed all-round performance as Australia beat England by two wickets to win their second match in group B in the ICC U19 World Cup on Thursday.

Sully along with Toddy Murphy chased 10 runs in last over to mark a convincing win for Australia. Sully scored 35 runs off 20 balls while Murphy made 16 off 10 including a match-saving boundary in the last over.

While batting first, England set 253 runs for Australia to chase. Ben Charlesworth smashed 82 runs off 100 balls to help England post 252-7 in 50 overs. His inning included 11 boundaries. The opening duo of Charlesworth and Jordan Cox (25) put 67 runs together to give England a strong start.

Dan Mousley contributed 51 runs to the team’s total laced with four boundaries and two sixes. Connor Sully bagged two wickets for 39 runs.

In reply, Australia lost an early wicket of Jake Fraser-McGurk (11). However, Mackenzie Harvey (65) and Lachlan Hearne (45) rescued Australia by putting up a strong 83-run partnership.

Sully and Morphy, in the end, completed the job for the winning side. For England, Blake Cullen, Hamidullah Qadri, and Lewis Goldsworthy bagged two wickets each.

In another contest in group B, West Indies outclassed Nigeria by 246 runs to remain at top on the points table. West Indian bowlers got Nigeria bowled out for just 57 runs in reply of 304. Abdul Rahman Jimoh was the top-scorer with 17 runs.

Jayden Seales was the pick of the bowlers as he took four wickets for just 19. Ashmead Nedd took 3-11 and Matthew Patrick took two scalps.

Earlier, Kimani Melvis (65) and Matthew Patrick (68) drove West Indies to 303-8 in respective 50 overs. Joshua James scored 43 runs off 30 balls.

From Nigeria, Peter Aho, Abdurahman Jimoh and Sylvester Okpe shared two wickets apiece.

On Friday, Pakistan will take on Bangladesh, India to face New Zealand, and Canada will play against Afghanistan.