Defending champions W.1 go down to NZ in Under-19 World Cup opener

first_imgMOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, (CMC) – Openers Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets here Saturday.Sent in at Bay Oval in the opening Group A clash, the Caribbean side raced to 123 without loss but a cluster of wickets in the middle overs hurt their momentum,restricting them to 233 for eight off their 50 overs.Simmons carried his bat for a top score of 92 not out while debutant Melius unfurled a stroke-filled 78 off 85 deliveries.Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (3-30) and fast bowler Matthew Fisher (3-61) picked up three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Felix Murray supported with two for 37.In reply, the hosts hardly put a foot wrong as they stormed to their target in the 40th over, with the exciting Finn Allen smashing an unbeaten 115 and Jakon Bhula, 83.New Zealand took charge from the outset with Bhula and Ravindra (16) putting on 46 from 60 deliveries for the first wicket before Allen arrived to put the result beyond doubt.The right-hander plundered 15 fours and two sixes in a 100-ball knock, dominating a 163-run, second wicket stand with Bhula who faced 105 balls and counted nine boundaries.Allen reached his half-century off 43 balls and raised three figures off 92 deliveries in the 37th over, with NZ already on the cusp of victory.West Indies had earlier made the Kiwis nearly rue their decision to field first when Simmons and Melius dominated the first half of the innings with their century stand.The left-handed Simmons produced a measured knock, facing 132 deliveries and striking seven fours and a six while Melius was far more expansive, crunching six fours and four sixes in an 85-ball outing.Melius started circumspectly, gathering a mere four runs from his first 16 deliveries before exploding with an extra cover-driven six off Fisher in the sixth over.He reached his half-century off 66 balls and continued to free his hands until finally departing in the 28th over, top-edging a slog-sweep at Ravindra to be caught by Bhula next to the square leg umpire.Bhaskar Yadram joined Simmons to add 22 for the second wicket before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Murray in the 32nd over, sparking a slide which saw three wickets tumble for five runs in the space of 20 deliveries.Kirstan Kallicharan was lbw for two to a straight one from Fisher and captain Emmanuel Stewart followed in the next over, chopping on to Murray for one.Stumbling on 150 for four in the 36th over, Simmons and Alick Athanaze then combined in a 49-run, fifth wicket partnership to stem the flow of wickets.While Simmons anchored, the left-handed Athanaze was free-scoring, belting two fours and a six in an attractive 33-ball 26.They were setting the innings up nicely for a strong finish when Athanaze failed to clear the long-on boundary with Ravindra and was taken just inside the ropes in the 45th over.Simmons, on 75 then, stepped up his scoring but the Windies managed only 34 runs from the last five overs.SCORES in brief in the other ICC World Cup Under-19 matches:Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in a Group D match at Cobham Oval, WhangareiPakistan 188, 47.4 overs (Rohail Nazir 81, Ali Zaryab 30, Azmatullah Omarzai 3-34, Qais Ahmad 3-38, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-30)Afghanistan 194-5, 47.3 overs (Darwish Rasool 76 not out, Ikram Ali 46, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 31, Hassan Khan 2-45)Player of the match: Darwish RasoolBangladesh beat Namibia by 87 runs in a Group C match at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, Christchurch (20 overs per side)Bangladesh 190-4, 20 Overs (Mohammad Saif Hassan 84, Naim Sheikh Namibia 103-6, 20 Overs (Eben van Wyk 55 not out, Hasan Mahmud 2-12, Qazi Onik 2-14)Player of the match: Mohammad Saif HassanZimbabwe beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in a Group B match at Lincoln No 3, Christchurch (20 overs per side)Papua New Guinea 95 all out, 20 Overs (Igo Mahuru 26, Wesseley Madevere 3-19, Milton Shumba 2-19)Zimbabwe 98 for no loss (Wesseley Madevere 53 not out, Gregory Dollar 48 not out)Player of the match: Wesseley MadevereToday’s fixtures:Australia v India, Bay Oval, Tauranga (Group B, day-night broadcast match)Ireland v Sri Lanka, Cobham Oval, Whangarei (Group D)Kenya v South Africa, Lincoln No. 3, Christchurch (Group A)WEST INDIES U19sK Simmons not out 92K Melius c Bhula b Ravindra 78B Yadram c Allen b Murray 11K Kallicharan lbw b Fisher 2*+E Stewart b Murray 1A Athanaze c Allen b Ravindra 26J Royal c wkp Chu b Fisher 7C Cooper c Watson b Ravindra 4N Young b Fisher 1R Alimohamed not out 1Extras (w10) 10TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 233Did not bat: A NeddFall of wickets: 1-123 (Melius), 2-145 (Yadram), 3-149 (Kallicharan), 4-150 (Stewart), 5-199 (Athanaze), 6-216 (Royal), 7-223 (Cooper), 8-224 (Young)Bowling: Sullivan 6-0-24-0, Fisher 10-1-61-3, Watson 5-0-28-0, Murray 10-0-37-2, Bhula 9-0-38-0, Boshier 3-0-15-0, Ravindra 7-0-30-3.NEW ZEALAND U19sJ Bhula c & b Athanaze 83R Ravindra c wkp Stewart b Alimohamed 16Finn Allen not out 115*K Boshier not out 8Extras (b1, lb2, w7, nb2) 12TOTAL (2 wkts, 39.3 overs) 234Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-209.Did not bat: K Clarke, D Phillips, T Watson, +M Chu, F Murray, C Sullivan, M Fisher.Bowling: Young 5.3-0-37-0, Alimohamed 6-1-27-1, Yadram 5-0-27-0, Royal 10-0-55-0, Nedd 9-0-63-0, Athanaze 4-0-22-1.Points: New Zealand Under-19s 2, West Indies Under-19s 0.last_img

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