Friday 14 February 2014 

England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe Take Opening Wins

Ed Barnard
Ed Barnard (left) hits out during his half-century against the United Arab Emirates
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There were wins on the opening day of the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup for England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the United Arab Emirates.

AT A GLANCE - U19 WORLD CUP

Unlike other World Cups, the Under-19 World Cup is held every two years.

The United Arab Emirates are hosting the tournament for the first time.

The 16 teams are split into four groups as follows with the top two in each group qualifying for the Super League quarter-finals with the remaining eight teams moving on to the Plate quarter-finals

Group A: India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland
Group B: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Namibia
Group C: Canada, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe
Group D: England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, UAE

England thumped hosts the UAE by 213 runs, Sri Lanka held off New Zealand to win by 49 runs, South Africa beat the West Indies by 94 runs and Zimbabwe won against Canada by six wickets.

1998 champions England were too good for UAE as Ed Barnard (93) and Ben Duckett (83) helped them reach 315 for eight.

UAE were then bowled out for just 102 in 33 overs as Will Rhodes took three for 14 and Matthew Fisher two for 14.

Kusal Mendis set up Sri Lanka's victory with 91 as they posted 275 for nine. Sadeera Samarawickrama made 67 and Kyle Jamieson returned four for 49.

New Zealand then limped to 226 for nine in reply, unable to build partnerships as three players - Lakshan Jayasinghe, Binura Fernando and Anuk Fernando all took two wickets.

South Africa successfully defended 198 for nine to win a low-scoring game against the West Indies.

Batting first, Yaseen Valli top scored with 53 but in reply, the West Indies were bundled out for 104 as Kagiso Rabada finished with three for 14 and Valli backed up his half-century with two for four.

Canada's Nikhil Dutta (56) was the only man to reach a half-century in the match against Zimbabwe but ended up on the losing side as Canada's 192 for nine proved well short.

Joylord Gumbie struck 49 and Charles Kunje 42 not out as Zimbabwe made their target in the 44th over.

Tomorrow's fixtures

Australia v Namibia, Bangladesh v Afghanistan, India v Pakistan, Papua New Guinea v Scotland

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