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ICC U19 World Cup - England beat Nigeria by eight wickets

Sylvester Okpe of Nigeria and George Balderson of England pictured during the coin toss
Sylvester Okpe of Nigeria and George Balderson of England pictured during the coin toss
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Four wickets each from George Hill and Hamidullah Qadri helped England comfortably defeat Nigeria at the ICC U19 World Cup in Kimberley, South Africa.

With neither team able to progress to the Super League stage from Group B, England made four changes to their team, bringing in Hill, Sam Young, Scott Currie and Harry Duke to replace Ben Charlesworth, Jack Haynes, Blake Cullen and Kasey Aldridge.

Electing to bat first, Nigeria were bowled out for 58 in the 28th over. Currie and George Balderson struck early before Hill and the spinners Qadri and Lewis Goldsworthy took over to tie the Nigerian batsmen down.

Hill took four for 12 from his 7.5 overs, with Qadri’s four coming for 24 and included two in three balls when he had Abdulrahman Jimoh stumped by Duke and then bowled Mohameed Taiwo.

Goldsworthy was miserly once more, conceding just six runs from his five overs, meaning he’s given up just 58 runs from 25 overs in the tournament so far.

England chased down the total in 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. Tom Clark (11) and Jordan Cox (1) were the two to fall, with Young’s 39 from 33 balls taking England to their target.

The Young Lions will now face either Sri Lanka or Japan in the first round of the Plate competition – the first of three more games to determine each country’s final position.