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ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Super Six Stage January 21st :Wins for South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England

ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Super Six Stage - England celebrate a wicket
ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Super Six Stage - England celebrate a wicket
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ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Super Six Stage January 21st: There were wins for South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England in today's Super Stage.

 

South Africa hold their nerve in World Cup Super Six win over Bangladesh

Hosts, South Africa continued picking up form at the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup with a well-judged, five-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Super Six League stages in Potchefstroom.

Match Summary

Toss: Bangladesh, who elected to bat.

Bangladesh 105 for 6 in 20 overs (Sumaiya Akter 23, Afia Prottasha 21, Kayla Reyneke four for 19, Miane Smit one for 20)

South Africa 108 for 5 in 18.5 overs (Madison Landsman 37, Karabo Meso 32 not out, Rabeya three for 18, Marufa Akter one for 16)

Result - South Africa won by 5 wickets with seven balls to spare

Set a modest 106 to win, South Africa were in trouble at 41/4 after 10 overs, thanks to a beguiling spell of leg-spin bowling by Rabeya (3/5 off three overs) and an intense display in the field by Bangladesh.

Player of the match, Madison Landsman (37 off 38 balls, three fours and a six) and Karabo Meso (32 not out off 30 balls, four boundaries) came together for a composed 70-run stand which came off 62 balls, which broke the back of the chase to guide the hosts home.

Madison Landsman of South Africa plays a shot as Dilara Akter of Bangladesh looks on during the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup 2023 Super 6 match between Bangladesh and South Africa at JB Marks Oval on January 21, 2023 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Bangladesh’s decision to bat on the same JB Marks Oval surface on which England had powered to over 200 runs in the morning, met with more resistance than they would have liked. While their batters generally got starts, they never quite could string partnerships, their highest being 31 runs off 33 balls between the Akters, Sumaiya and Shorna.

Two things contributed to the sedate nature of Bangladesh’s progress: disciplined bowling by the South African attack and committed fielding – particularly by the lightning quick Simone Lourens and Jenna Evans – in the outfield.

Off-spinner Kayla Reyneke, who has a happy knack for contributing in all aspects of the game, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/19 off four overs and the prized wicket of the explosive Bangladesh opener Afia Prottasha.

Prottasha, who seemed to struggle with injury, cut a frustrated figure in a 21-run innings in which she tried to hit the ball too hard and often missed, with Dilara Akter top-scoring with 23 off 28 balls (one boundary).

Bangladesh’s total of 106/6 was seen to be a touch on the modest side, but Marufa Akter’s opening spell of none for two in her first two overs – and the run-out of Elandri Janse van Rensburg with just four runs on the board – meant winning the match would be easier said than done for South Africa.

Enter Landsman and Meso with a partnership that made everyone wonder what the fuss was all about.

 

 

Aussies overcome India as race to the ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup semis heats up

Australia put themselves squarely in the hunt for an ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final spot, after they defeated India by seven wickets in their Super Sixes clash at the North-West University Oval on Saturday.

 

Match Summary

Toss: Australia, who chose to bowl first.

India 87 all out in 18.5 overs (Shweta Sehrawat 21, Hrishita Basu 14, Titas Sadhu 14, Sianna Ginger three for 13, Milly Illingworth two for 12, Maggie Clark two for 18)

Australia 88 for three in 13.5 overs (Amy Smith 26 not out, Claire Moore 25 not out, Kate Pelle 17)

Result - Australia won by seven wickets

 

Rhys McKenna won the toss and chose to bowl first, as the Aussies looked to hit the ground running. The decision paid dividends, and India were dismissed for 87.

Shweta Sehrawat (21 from 29 balls) was the best of India's batters, striking three boundaries against the new ball, but she lost her partners all too often, as Milly Illingworth struck twice in the early stages.

Maggie Clarke came on and did a similar trick, getting rid of Sonia Medhiya (2) and the dangerous Richa Ghosh (7) in quick succession. India continued to lose key wickets, and Sehrawat was the fifth victim midway through the 11th over. Hrishita Basu (14 off 23 balls) and Titas Sadhu (14 off 13 balls) tried to give themselves a total to defend, but it was not enough.

In contrast, Australia's chase saw every batter find the fence on at least one occasion. Sianna Ginger (11) and Kate Pelle (17 off 13 balls) added a quick 28 for the opening stand, and that put the nerves at ease in their dugout.

Though the opening duo and Ella Hayward (7) fell before the end, Claire Moore (25 not out) and Amy Smith (26 not out) had enough freedom to finish with a flourish. Both hit sixes with victory in sight, as Australia cantered home with 37 balls in hand.

 

Having lost one of their group matches to Bangladesh, Australia brought two points to the second stage of the competition, two less than leaders India and Bangladesh. The win on Saturday draws them level with India and gives them a real chance of claiming a place in the final four following a big victory over UAE on Monday.

India, meanwhile, have a date with Sri Lanka on Sunday afternoon. They will know that nothing less than a victory will do, if they are to stay in the chase for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup trophy.

 

McLeod half-century keeps Rwanda at bay in Super Sixes

New Zealand were forced to work hard for their victory, but they eventually prevailed by four wickets, defeating plucky Rwanda in their opening Super Sixes fixture in the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

 

Match Summary

Toss: Rwanda, who elected to bat first.

Rwanda 95 for seven in 20 overs (Henriette Ishimwe 30, Gisele Ishimwe 27, Olivia Anderson two for 21, Kate Chandler two for 21)

New Zealand 99 for six in 16.1 overs (Emma McLeod 59, Izzy Sharp 11, Rosine Irera three for 17)

Result - New Zealand won by six wickets

 

The East Africans won the toss and elected to bat first, keen to set the Kiwis a testing target.

They didn’t make the best of starts, Merveille Uwase was smartly stumped by Izzy Gaze in the first over bowled by Olivia Anderson, before a run had been scored. Fellow opener Cynthia Tuyizere (3) didn’t last much longer, and it was up to Gisele Ishimwe and Henriette Ishimwe to repair the damage.

That they did, thanks to Gisele (27 from 28 balls, three boundaries) who played more freely than Henriette (30 from 46 balls, four boundaries). Belise Murekatete swiped a four and a six to make 14 from 12 balls, but the Kiwis kept the rate under control.

Anderson picked up two for 21, while Kate Chandler’s leg-spin was good for two for 21. Rwanda had to settle for 95 for seven in their allotted overs.

The chase by New Zealand was steady, if not spectacular. They also lost two wickets upfront, slipping to nine for two inside the first couple of overs. Rosine Irera did the early damage, trapping Georgia Plimmer (9) in front and then having Gaze caught and bowled without scoring.

Emma McLeod then took it upon herself to change the course of the contest. She carted two sixes and nine boundaries, as she sped to 59 from 39 balls.

Izzy Sharp (11 from 24 balls) hung around while McLeod made merry. Though both fell before the last rites, the heavy lifting had been done. McLeod became Irera’s third victim of the day - also trapped leg-before – but it counted for little by that point.

Chandler (7 not out) and Abigail Hotton saw the Kiwis home, as they went to six points in the Super Sixes standings, leaving them in a strong position to make it into the semi-finals.

 

England remains unbeaten after massive victory over Ireland

England finally cracked the 200-run code at the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in a dominant, 121-run Super Six stage win over Ireland in Potchefstroom.

Match Summary

Toss: England, who elected to bat.

England 207 for 2 in 20 overs (Grace Scrivens 93, Liberty Heap 42, Aimee Maguire one for 24, Freya Sargent one for 48)

Ireland 86 all out in 16.5 overs (Abbi Harrison 16, Aimee Maguire 14, Sophia Smale three for 11, Hannah Baker three for 9)

Result - England won by 121 runs after 16.5 overs

Having threatened to reach that milestone a couple of times in the group stages of the tournament, England finally broke through by scoring 207 for the loss of just two wickets on a placid JB Marks Oval wicket and bowled Ireland out for 86.

The total was the second over the double century mark (after India’s 219/3 against the UAE). Dynamic opening duo of skipper Grace Scrivens and Liberty Heap again laid the foundation with a massive opening stand of 136 which bettered their own record for the biggest in the tournament by 13 runs.

Scrivens, who scored a typically aggressive 93 (56 balls, 15 fours and two sixes), came perilously close to being the first player to score a century in the tournament, while Heap chipped in with a brisk, 29-ball 42 (seven boundaries).

Niamh Holland (34 off 21 balls, four fours) and Seren Smale (30 off 14, five boundaries), kept the foot on the gas by finishing with a quick and unbeaten 49-run partnership of their own to get England over the 200-run mark.

On a day in which the Irish team were chasing leather, the bowlers understandably came in for a bit of punishment, with left-arm orthodox Aimee Maguire’s figures of 1/24 off three overs the nearest thing to someone reining in the English batters.

Ireland’s reply began with the carefree approach of a team with nothing to lose, but they lost wickets early and lost them regularly, four of them in the power play to see them slip to 34/4 after six overs.

With the England bowling attack – which on the day was led by the miserly left-arm spinner Sophia Smale (3/11 off four overs) and the talented leg-spinner Hannah Baker (3/9 off 2.5) – in typically clinical mood, the question became how much Ireland would lose by.

Only Abbi Harrison (16), Maguire (14) and Siuin Woods (13) broke into double figures in what they will be the first to admit was a disappointing batting effort.

England now have six points in the Group 2 standings of the Super Sixes stage, having entered the group with four points.

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