U-19 World Cup 2022 – Tom Prest and Joshua Boyden take England closer to quarter-finals
South Africa’s Dewald Brevis scored a match-winning hundred against Uganda, while Afghanistan bowled PNG out for just 65
England 320 for 7 (Prest 93, Bell 57, Thomas 52, Sharma 3-51) beat Canada 214 all out (Johal 44, Boyden 4-44, Prest 3-38, Bethell 3-45) by 106 runs
Canada’s bowling was decent in spells but missed the bite to cause any trouble, allowing England’s batters to pick their spots. Sharma’s legspin was the only standout, his wrong’un dismissing Thomas and his flipper removing Prest as he finished with 3 for 51. England scored exactly 100 runs in the last 10 overs to finish with 320 for 9.
The chase began with a rain delay that was short enough to ensure no overs were lost. Boyden, who took 4 for 16 against Bangladesh, used his swing-bowling skills to pick off Canada opener Siddh Lad in his opening spell. Anoop Chima (38) and Yasir Mahmood (25) then built a careful but solid partnership of 60 for the second wicket before Mahmood top-edged a sweep off a tossed-up Prest delivery.
Left-arm spinner Jacob Bethell then got among the wickets, getting Chima and Sharma lbw with balls that went with the arm. Prest trapped Arjuna Sukhu lbw too, to leave Canada reeling at 109 for 6 in the 32nd over.
Like in England’s first game, offspinner Fateh Singh controlled the middle overs with his tidy bowling but had no wicket to show for it. This time, he conceded just 12 in his seven overs.
Canada’s seventh-wicket stand proved difficult to break, as Ethan Gibson and Gurnek Johal Singh counterattacked, adding 74 in 11.4 overs to take Canada past 180. They negated England’s three-pronged spin combination, but had no answer when Boyden returned with his left-arm seam and dismissed both with pinpoint yorkers. In between, he sent back Sheel Patel with a sharp caught-and-bowled.
Prest capped off a brilliant day by returning to the attack and getting last man Harjap Saini out stumped to finish with figures of 3 for 38.
South Africa 231 for 9 (Brevis 104, Miyaji 3-33, Murungi 3-58) beat Uganda 110 (Ategeka 29, Alder 2-13, Brevis 2-18, Mnyanda 2-24) by 121 runs
However, the target of 232 was too much for Uganda. Fast bowler Aphiwe Mnyanda removed both openers, left-arm spinner Liam Alder removed Uganda’s top-scorer Isaac Ategeka (29), and Brevis picked up two lower-order wickets. Four other South Africa bowlers shared a wicket each to finish the rout by the 34th over. Uganda could have finished with a sub-100 score if it wasn’t for the 27 extras conceded by South Africa.
Afghanistan 200 (Safi 62, Ahmadzai 45, Singi 4-18, Kevau 3-23) beat Papua New Guinea 65 (Naveed 3-14, Nangyalai 2-5, Zadran 2-9, Noor 2-18) by 135 runs
PNG had ten single-digit scores with No. 8 Aue Oru being the highest contributor with 13.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx