South Africa Under-19s beat their New Zealand counterparts to record a respectable third place finish in this year’s Under-19 World Cup in Queensland. Ahead of tomorrow's final, which sees host Australia take on India, the Proteas dismissed New Zealand for just 90 and eased home by eight wickets thanks to an innings of 50 off 43 balls from wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
Sri Lanka made up for their disappointing showing in the group stage of the Under-19 World Cup to win the plate championship final against Afghanistan in Brisbane. Elsewhere, there was a win for England in the fifth place play-off, while Bangladesh beat neighbours Pakistan to secure seventh position and Scotland beat Ireland to finish 11th.
India reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup with a tense nine-run win over New Zealand in Townsville. They will now play tournament hosts Australia in Sunday's final. Elsewhere, Zimbabwe avoided a humiliating last place finish by beating Namibia in the 15th place play-off and Nepal beat Papua New Guinea.
Pakistan suffered defeat at the hands of West Indies in the fifth place play-off semi-final as the Under-19 World Cup continued in Queensland. The other match saw Sri Lanka record the expected comfortable victory over Ireland.
Australia won a hard-fought match against South Africa to reach the final of the Under-19 World Cup in Townsville. They restricted South Africa to just 191 for eight after asking them to bat as opening bowlers Joel Paris and Mark Steketee each took an early wicket.
Elsewhere, there were wins for England, Afghanistan, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.
There were two extremely close and unbelievably tense quarter-finals in the Under-19 World Cup today, with India running out winners by one wicket over arch rivals Pakistan, and New Zealand beating West Indies off the final ball in Townsville. The plate quarter-finals were much more one-sided in contrast, with Ireland and Sri Lanka easing past Namibia and Nepal.
South Africa Under-19s booked their place in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup with a comfortable 103-run win over England in Townsville. Elsewhere, there was a win for Australia over Bangladesh and, in the plate tournament, there were wins for Scotland over Zimbabwe and Afghanistan over Papua New Guinea.
The quarter-final line-up for the 2012 Under-19 World Cup was decided today, with Sri Lanka the only notable casualty from the group stages thanks to their surprise first-day defeat to Bangladesh. They will now join Zimbabwe and the six qualifiers in the plate championship.
South Africa qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Brisbane. Elsewhere, there were hard-fought wins for Afghanistan and Ireland.
There was almost an upset on the fourth day of group matches in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Queensland as Afghanistan displayed the tenacity for which their senior side are renowned and almost pulled off a remarkable win over New Zealand. Elsewhere, there were the expected wins for South Africa, India and Australia over Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ireland.
All four of today's matches in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup were predictably one-sided affairs, with Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies all overcoming qualifiers as they look to book their places in the quarter-finals.
West Indies recorded a surprise victory over pre-tournament favourites India at Townsville. They restricted the Indians to just 166 for eight from their 50 overs after asking them to bat, with Kyle Mayers (two for 35), Ronsford Beaton (three for 33) and Jerome Jones (two for 23) doing the bulk of the damage.
There was a win for Australia over England on the opening day of the Under-19 World Cup, with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe also recording victories in the day's other matches.