AN excellent platform built by their top order propelled England Under-19s to 288 runs in their 50 overs before their bowlers dominated the Zimbabwe Under-19s batsmen to give their side a win by 129 runs in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup yesterday.
England won the toss and chose to bat.
Openers Dan Lawrence and Max Holden posted half centuries, with Lawrence (59) departing in the 20th over when he was caught by 15-year old Wesley Madhevere off the bowling of Rugare Magarira, leaving England 91 for one.
There was also a notable contribution with the bat by Sam Curran, the son of former Zimbabwe international and coach, the late Kevin Curran.
The 17-year old was 32 not out when the England Under-19 innings came to end on 288 runs for four wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
For Zimbabwe Under-19s, Magarira took two wickets for 36 runs in 10 overs, Madhevere one for 53 also in 10 and William Mashinge one wicket for 62 runs in eight overs.
The Zimbabwe chase started in disastrous fashion with openers Akshay Patel, making his International debut, and Brendan Sly out for two and three and number three Ryan Murray also out for three runs, leaving them three wickets down for 14 runs in 6.1 overs.
However, number four Jeremy Ives did make a stand and stayed on for the rest of the middle and lower order to bat around him.
Unfortunately for him, he did not get the hundred that his performance demanded, as he was bowled by Saqib Mahmood on 91.
His effort came off 132 balls, 12 of which were fours.
Ives would be the last wicket to fall as Zimbabwe Under-19s were dismissed for 159 runs in 43.4 overs. Mahmood finished with four wickets for 39 runs in 9.4 overs and Callum Taylor three for 14 in four overs. Mason Crane, Ben Green and Curran claimed a wicket each.
“Obviously it was a bit tough,” said the Zimbabwe captain Brandon Mavuta at the post-match presentation,.
England Under-19s — 288 for 4 in 50 overs (Jack Burnham 106*, Dan Lawrence 59, Max Holden 51; Rugare Magarira 2-36)
Zimbabwe Under-19s — 159 all out in 43.4 overs (Jeremy Ives 91; Saqib Mahmood 4-39, Callum Taylor 3-14)
England Under-19s won by 129 runs — zimcricket.