In a nail-biting fixture between England U19 and their Australian counterparts, the latter thumped an impressive victory by 31 runs. The low scoring Quarter-final featured incredible play of bowlers while most the batsmen remained marginal in both the teams. Lloyd Pope emerged as the hero of the day taking eight wickets single handedly. Reaching quite a feat, the young bowler turned up as the match winner in the fixture.
Batting first, Australia could score only 127 facing the wrath of England bowlers. The inning started without stability losing the top order in paltry score. For 27 runs, Australia lost 4 wickets as opener J Edwards, M Bryant, J Merlo and P Uppal were removed cheaply. The early attack was induced by Pennington, the England seamer. As the line-up began to wobble, J Sangha steered the inning batting with a constant strike rate. He was the highest scorer of the match adding 58 runs to the tally, playing 91 balls.
Australia kept on losing wickets at the other end, while Sangha kept up his strike until the 33rd over of the match. After his wicket, the team sustained for six more balls finally exhausting the batting lineup to England bowlers. ER Bamber, Pennington and WG Jacks three wickets each. Still, this bowling showdown became only a secondary blitz compared to Australia’s bowling attack in the chase inning.
Tom Banton was the biggest wicket of the day for Australia. The opener played 53 balls to score 58 runs in the inning. He was the only scorer of the team, with the rest 9 wickets chirping away either at ducks or single digits. For Australia, the leg-break deliveries of Lloyd Pope were enough to claim the match. In the after-match interview, the bowler commented that he was still ‘shaking’ due to his performance. His eight-wicket-haul in the match was quite an ‘unbelievable’ milestone.
England could play only 23.4 overs in the chase losing 10 wickets for 96 runs. Lloyd’s figure was 8 for 35 runs, dominating almost the whole inning. He stuck early to dismantle the top batting order. England’s chase was headstrong at the beginning running ahead with 47 runs by the eighth inning. The team did not feel the pressure until half of its batsmen were sent back to pavilion. After the 15th over, when FR Trenouth was removed at 79, the actual slump began for the team.
There was even a break in the middle of the inning, when England required 49 runs to win the match. However, the wobble continued even after the break all spearheaded by Lloyd. Finally, in less than eight overs, England lost its middle and lower order handing the first quarterfinal win of the tournament to Australia.
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