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New Zealand vs South Africa, Mount Maunganui

New Zealand topped Group A with a comfortable 71-run win against South Africa in Match 24 of 2018 U-19 World Cup at Mount Maunganui. New Zealand have set up clash against Afghanistan while South Africa will play against Pakistan in their round 8 contest. Rachin Ravindra scored 76 and went on to scalp 4 wickets for 32. South Africa showed no competition during their chase. Hermann Rolfes century was the only survival element. He also got support from Jean du Plessis who notched up fifty.

Their 106-run stand could not repair the damage done early on. Earlier, Ravindra and Jacob Bhula s 108 opening stand set the tone of New Zealand s innings. New Zealand, however, fizzled in the middle overs losing 5 successive wickets. Dale Philips and Max Chu s 77-run stand helped New Zealand post 279 on board. South Africa, on the other hand, were bundled out for 208 in 46.2 overs.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 279 for 8 in 50 overs (Rachin Ravindra 76, Dale Phillips 43; Kgaudise Molefe 2 for 49) beat South Africa 208 in 46.2 overs (Hermann Rolfes 108, Jean du Plessis 54; Rachin Ravindra 4 for 32) by 71 runs.

Man of the Match: Rachin Ravindra

England vs Canada, Queenstown

Riding on the centuries from Liam Banks and Will Jacks, England secured 282-run win against Canada at Queenstown. Canada were set a target of 384. However, they were bundled for 101 in 31.5 overs. England s win was Bangladesh s gain. Bangladesh are now through to the quarter-final as they finish second in Group C.

England were off to a steady start before they lost opener Tom Banton for 54. Banks and Jacks then put up a mammoth 186-run stand for second wicket to propel the side’s fortunes. After the dismissal of the two set batsmen, England found a boost in form of Jack Davies who scored 36-ball 57 to take their score to 350-plus.

In response, Canada batsmen perished for single digits. Pranav Sharma was the only batsman to top-score for 24. Prem Sisodiya picked three wickets for England.

Brief scores:

England 383 for 7 in 50 overs (Liam Banks 120, Will Jacks 102; Faisal Jamkhandi 3 for 68) beat Canada 101 all out in 31.5 overs (Pranav Sharma 24; Prem Sisodiya 3 for 23) by 282 runs

Man of the Match: Liam Banks

West Indies vs Kenya, Lincoln

The defending champions West Indies crashed out of the tournament with a consolation win against Kenya by 222 runs. Alick Athanaze starred with the willow scoring century while Bhaskar Yadram and Jeavor Royal shared 9 wickets to bundle Kenya for 96.

Opting to bat, West Indies were off to decent start, scoring 60 in 14.4 overs. They were then reduced to 82 for 3 before Athanaze and Kristan Kallicharan steadied the ship. Athanaze helped West Indies cross the 300-run mark. Kenya s Aman Gandhi top-scored with 40-ball 37 in response, while remaining players were gone for single digits.

Brief scores:

West Indies 319 for 7 in 50 overs (Alick Athanaze 116, Kimani Melius 60; Aveet Desai 3 for 54) beat Kenya 96 all out in 24.4 overs (Aman Gandhi 37; Bhaskar Yadram 5 for 18) by 222 runs.

Man of the Match: Alick Athanaze

Afghanistan vs Ireland, Whangarei

In a thrilling contest between Afghanistan and Ireland, the latter stunned the former by 4 runs in Group D match at Whangarei. Afghanistan have now fallen behind Pakistan in the table, and will take on New Zealand in the quarter-final. Afghanistan had earlier defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan that claimed them a spot in the quarter-final.

Defending their total of 226, Harry Tector scalped 3 wickets to ensure Ireland earned their only win. Afghanistan were almost nearing their finish line with 10 to win before Joshua Little removed Mujeeb Zadran and Max Neville got hold of Qais Ahmad for 12 to seal win. Afghanistan, on the other hand, got the required starts but failed to convert them into big scores. Tector made 36 while Neil Rock and Graham Kennedy, batting at No 8, chipped in with 35 and 37 respectively.

Brief scores:

Ireland 225 for 8 in 50 overs (Harry Tector 36, Graham Kennedy 37; Qais Ahmad 3 for 32) beat Afghanistan 221 all out in 49.2 overs (Baheer Shah 34, Tariq Stanikzai 33; Harry Tactor 3 for 37) by 4 runs

Man of the Match: Harry Tactor