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U-19 CWC: Skipper Prest slams 93 as England crush Canada by 106 runs

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Basseterre (St Kitts), Jan 19 (IANS) England skipper Tom Prest scored a-run-a-ball 93, while opener George Thomas and middle-order batter George Bell slammed half-centuries as they defeated Canada by 106 runs in a Group A match of the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Warner Park here on Wednesday (IST).

With the emphatic Group A victory, England made it two wins from two. South Africa’s young stars shone bright again beating Uganda by 121 runs and Afghanistan got the tournament off to a winning start with a 135-run triumph against PNG.

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England were in full flow with the bat with Prest playing the crucial knock to set the platform for a massive 320/7. The Hampshire right-hander hit 10 fours in the knock showing why he is one of the top prospects for England.

Prest chipped in with 3/38 with the ball too, showcasing his all-rounder talent. William Luxton (41 from 32), James Sales (23 not out from 18) and George Bell (57 from 35) accelerated the scoring in the final third of the innings.

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The Canadians may have lost two from two at the World Cup so far, but a number of their players impressed again. Kavith Sharma put in a decent stint with the ball for his 3/51, dismissing opener George Thomas on 52 and bamboozled Prest with a flipper to deny him a century.

With the bat it was opener Anoop Chima and No. 8 Gurnek Johal Singh who stood out, showing that there’s plenty of depth in the Canada batting line-up

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South Africa’s Dewald Brevis built on his 65 in the opening game against India with a century against Uganda in Port of Spain as the Proteas amassed 231/9 in a Group B match and then restricted their opponents to 110.

While the rest of the Proteas batters struggled on a tricky wicket, Brevis stroked 104 off 110 balls, embellished with 11 fours and a six. He then bagged 2/18 in 5.4 over spell with his leg-breaks.

Uganda’s chances of progressing to the Super League knockouts are over after back-to-back defeats, though Juma Miyaji with 3/33 and Pascal Murungi with 3/58 were both impressive with the ball.

Afghanistan skipper Suliman Safi got his tournament off to a fine start with a 62, helping his side rebuild their innings after a mini-collapse of three wickets for four runs saw the top three all back in the pavilion with the score at 40/3. They finally managed 200 in a Group C match and then bundled out PNG for 65.

The left-hander hit nine fours in his knock, the top-score of the match, and his 105-run partnership with Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai effectively won the match for Afghanistan.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 200 in 38.2 overs beat PNG 65 in 20.5 overs in Group C.

England 320 for 7 in 50 overs beat Canada 214 in 48.1 overs in Group A.

South Africa 231 for 9 in 50 overs bt Uganda 110 in 33.4 overs in Group B.

–IANS

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