Pope picks eight as Australia stun England to reach semi-final of ICC U19 World Cup

Jason Sangha played a responsible 58-run knock
Jason Sangha played a responsible 58-run knock
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Australia U19 127 (Sangha 58) beat
England U19 96 (Pope 8-35) by 31 runs
Quarter-Final, ICC U19 World Cup, Queenstown

Lloyd Pope picked an eight-wicket haul as Australia bowled out England for 96 runs in the quarter-final of the ICC U19 World Cup in Queenstown on Monday.

On what was a tough pitch at Queenstown Events Centre, Australia decided to bat first. Dillon Pennington (3-27) made life difficult for Australia with the new ball as he removed both the openers Jack Edwards (3) and Max Bryant (16).

With Jonathan Merlo (4), Param Uppal (0), Nathan McSweeney (10), Will Sutherland (4) and Baxter J Holt (8) also departing, Australia looked in deep trouble at 86 for seven.

Skipper Jason Sangha (58) showed a lot of resilience and had brief support from Zak Evans (12) as Australia went on to post 127 runs before they were bowled out.

Ethan Bamber (3-31), Pennington and Will Jacks (3-21) picked three wickets each for England.

In the chase, only Tom Banton (58) kept Australia in the hunt and at one stage, they were in firm position with a score of 71 for three.

With 57 more to win and seven wickets in hand, England looked firm favourites but Pope (8-35) had other plans as he ran through the England batting line-up to bowl them out for 96 runs and secure a place in the semi-final.

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