Cricket Match Predictions: ICC U19 WC Warm-up Matches 2022 - England Under-19s vs Papua New Guinea Under-19s: 12th Jan
The England Under-19s vs Papua New Guinea Under-19s match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup Warm-up Matches 2022 will be played in the Caribbean.
After Papua New Guinea’s senior men’s team competed at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the Under 19 team will make their ninth appearance in the ICC U19 Men’s CWC in the West Indies.
PNG are yet to make it out of the first round of the tournament but of their three previous victories, two have come against Group C opponents.
In 2010, PNG got the better of Afghanistan while two years later they got the better of Zimbabwe.
All-rounder Barnabas Maha will lead the side in the West Indies, having also captained the side during qualification for the 2020 ICC U19 Men’s CWC.
It has now been 24 years since England’s sole ICC U19 Men’s CWC victory, but the team did reach the semi-finals on the way to third place back in 2014.
Last time out, England failed to get through the first round, edged out in a group also featuring Australia and the West Indies before going on to finish ninth with three wins in the play-offs.
This year, Hampshire batter and skipper Tom Prest will be hopeful of a stronger showing for a completely new-look side coached by Richard Dawson.
The team also features Barbados-born spinner Jacob Bethell, who will hope to impress on his return to the Caribbean, as well as fellow spinner Archie Lenham, who featured regularly for Sussex across all three formats in 2021 at the age of just 17.
England - Tom Prest (c), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwall, Sonny Baker, Nathan Barnwell, George Bell, Jacob Bethell, Josh Boyden, James Coles, Alex Horton, Will Luxton, James Rew, James Sales, Fateh Singh, George Thomas.
Papua New Guinea - Barnabas Maha(c), Boio Ray, Sigo Kelly, Malcolm Aporo, Toua Boe, Ryan Ani, Aue Oru, Katenalaki Singi, Christopher Kilapat, Junior Morea, Peter Karoho, Patrick Nou, Rasan Kevau, Karoho Kevau, John Kariko.
Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England Under-19
Who will win? – England Under-19
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Tom Prest (England Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jacob Bethell (England Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Most Sixes – Tom Prest (England Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Player of the Match – Tom Prest
Team Scores Batting first – England Under-19 250+, Papua New Guinea Under-19 130+
Match Handicap England Under-19
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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