England outclassed Afghanistan to make it through to U19 Cricket World Cup final
England’s U19 Men’s Cricketers are currently competing in the Cricket World Cup and are set to face India in the final after the Indians beat Australia by 96 runs.
The U19 Lions came top of their group having won all three of their matches against Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Canada.
There have been 16 teams taking part in the youngsters World Cup and now only four remain. England beat Afghanistan by 15 runs (DLS Method) and will be due to play either India or Australia in the final.
Harry Brook and Tom Banton, who currently play in the senior squad, both featured in the 2018 edition of the U19 World Cup and the majority of the world’s finest players have all exhibited their prowess at this youth tournament.
The 18-year-old Tom Prest, who is currently in Hampshire’s first-class squad, is leading his U19 squad out in the West Indies. He has a top score of 59 not out in T20 cricket at an average of 22.50.
Here’s all you need to know about the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Final…
What’s England’s story so far?
England have had little trouble against their opponents so far. Their first fixture came on 16 January and England bowled Bangladesh out for 97 after just 35 overs thanks for four wickets from Joshua Boyden.
Their next match was against Canada, just two days later, and once again England cruised to victory thanks to 93 runs from captain Tom Brest. The Lions made 320 runs but Boyden once again reduced the opponents’ score, and Canada were bowled out for 214.
In England’s final group stage match, once again Brest led from the front and knocked up 154 not out comfortably giving England a score of 362. A stunning four wickets from Rehan Ahmed ensured that the UAE were only able to make it to 173 before their final wicket fell.
In the Super League playoffs, England were to face South Africa and Dewald Brevis’ 97 off 88 balls would have worried Brest’s team if Ahmed had not once again, taken four wickets.
Jacob Bethell was the star batter for the English side, making a magnificent 88 off just 42 balls.
With South Africa reduced to 209 all out, Bethell’s triumphant knock sent England through to the semi finals after just 31 overs.
George Thomas, George Bell and Alex Horton all knocked up half centuries in England’s semi final match against Afghanistan. Despite 60 from Allah Noor in the Afghanistan camp, it was not enough to outclass the English side who have been storming their way through the competition, barely putting a foot wrong.
Who will England play in the Final?
England will play India in the final of the World Cup.
India came top of their group stage winning all three matches against South Africa, Ireland and Uganda. In the Super League stage they came up against Bangladesh who they beat by five wickets before facing Australia in the final.
A 94 from Shaik Rasheed and a century from the Indian captain Yash Dhull gave India a total score of 290. With only a lack-lustre half century from the Australian batter Lachlan Shaw, India were able to bowl their opponents out for 194 with eight overs to spare.
When is the final?
The Final will be played on Saturday 5 February 2022. The start time is 1pm GMT and it will also be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda.
How to watch the ICC U19 Mens’ Cricket World Cup
Packages for Sky tend to start at around £31/month with the next package at £43/month.
England Squad: Tom Prest (C), Jacob Bethell, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwall, Nathan Barnwell, George Bell, Joshua Boyden, Ben Cliff, James Coles, Alex Horton, William Luxton, James Rew, James Sales, Fateh Singh, George Thomas
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