Australia and South Africa continued their unbeaten run to set up a semifinal clash in the Under-19 World Cup after posting contrasting wins in their Super League quarter-finals on Sunday.
Defending champion Australia earned a hard-fought five-wicket at the Endeavour Park in Townsville over Bangladesh. Australia captain Will Bosisto led from the front as his side overcame the loss of early wickets to chase down Bangladesh’s total of 171.
South Africa, on the other hand, was clinical in its performance against England in the other Super League quarter-final as it registered a 103-run victory. South Africa’s Prenelan Subrayen was the star of the win with the ball at the Tony Ireland Stadium in front of ESPN STAR Sports’ HD cameras.
Australia and South Africa will now clash in the first semi-final on Tuesday.
India, Pak to clash
Meanwhile, on Monday, arch rivals India and Pakistan will meet at the Tony Ireland Stadium in the third quarter-final. Both India (2000 and 2008) and Pakistan (2004 and 2006) have won the title twice.
This will also be the first of two potential meetings between the two Asian powerhouses this year in ICC events. If all goes according to ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 seedings, then the two former champions could clash in the Super Eight stage at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 30 September.
New Zealand and West Indies will figure in the fourth and final quarter-final, also on Monday, at Endeavour Park 1. Both sides have appeared in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final but are yet to win the title. New Zealand lost the final to England in 1998 while the West Indies lost to Pakistan in the 2004 final.
The winners of India-Pakistan and New Zealand-West Indies matches will play in the second semi-final on Thursday.
Clinical South Africa too strong for England
South Africa, set up a semi-final clash with Australia on Tuesday with its 103-run victory over England, which was bowled out for 141 in pursuit of the young Proteas’ total of 245.
Opener Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s leading run-getter, was an early casualty (dismissed for seven by Jamie Overton) but captain Chad Bowes (46: 54b, 6x4), left-hander Murray Coetzee (67: 83b, 6x4) and all-rounder Theunis de Bruyn (54: 65b, 6x4) combined to get Proteas to a useful score.
England seamer Reece Topley (three for 45 from 10 overs) bowled well at the death and after the game, South Africa captain Chad Bowes felt his side had fallen probably 40 runs short of where it wanted to be.
Top order duo of Ben Foakes (54: 72b, 4x4,1x6) and Alex Davies (54: 103b, 6x4) were the only key contributors for England as it was bundled out for 141 in the 41st over.
Subrayen, the man of the match, removed Foakes to break a century partnership with Davies, and went on to snap up four for 24 from 10 overs, including Davies.
Australia secures win over Bangladesh
Australia pulled off a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh to seal its spot in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 semi-final.
Australia captain Will Bosisto won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
Left-handed Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar got Bangladesh off to a good start combining well with Liton Das for an opening stand of 64.
The opening partnership was broken by a superb fielding effort from West Australia’s Cameron Bancroft to run out Das for 22 (45b,2x4).
Ashton Turner was the first to strike with the ball picking up the wicket of Bangladesh captain Anamul Haque caught behind by Queensland’s James Peirson.
In its reply, Australia got off to a wobbly start losing the wickets of Bancroft (1), Victoria’s Meyrick Buchanan (0) and New South Wales’ Kurtis Patterson (0) in the first five overs.
Player of the match Bosisto (71 not out: 134b, 7x4) was again outstanding for the young Australia side, playing patiently and maturely, combining with fellow Western Australian Turner for a sixth wicket unbeaten stand of 72 to take his side to victory in the 45th over.
Super League Quarter-Finals
SA 244 all out in 50 overs (Murray Coetzee 67, Theunis de Bruyn 54, Chad Bowes 46; Reece Topley 3-45, Craig Overton 2-43) bt England 141 in 40.3 overs (Alex Davies 54, Ben Foakes 54; Prenelan Subrayen 4-24, Lizaad Williams 2-23). MOM: Prenelan Subrayen.
Bangladesh 171 in 43 overs (Soumya Sarkart 73; Travis Head 3-30, Ashton Turner 2-22, Joel Paris 2-38) lost to Australia 172 for five, 45.5 overs (Will Bosisto 71 not out, Travis Head 44; Taskin Ahmed 2-31, Abu Jayed 2-37). MOM: Will Bosisto.
Plate Championship Quarter-Finals
Scotland 241 for seven, 50 overs (Nicholas Farrar 58, Peter Ross 43, Aman Bilawal 30 not out; Luke Jongwe 2-31, Kyle Bowie 2-50) bt Zimbabwe 200 for nine, 50 overs (Ryan Burl 52; Ruaidhri Smith 2-23, Kyle Smith 2-36, Gavin Main 2-59). MOM: Nicholas Farrar.
Papua New Guinea 239 for five, 50 overs (Chris Kent 105 not out, Nigel Boge 55 not out; Aftab Alam 2-41)
lost to Afghanistan 244 for six, 49 overs (Mohibullah Paak 54 not out, Noor-ul-Haq 34, Najibullah Zadran 32). MOM: Chris Kent.