Men’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Warmups
Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Scotland all recorded impressive wins as the warm-up matches for the 2022 ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup continued in the West Indies.
In Guyana, Sri Lanka took a 128-run win over Ireland and Scotland won by 107 runs over Uganda, while the biggest win of the day in St Kitts came for the UAE as they won 250 runs over Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s scheduled warm-up game against England was postponed due to delays in obtaining the necessary visas for the West Indies by the Afghan squad.
The ICC U19 Men’s CWC kicks off on January 14 and all teams are now entering the final preparation phase.
Sri Lanka shines in shortened match
Despite overnight rain in Guyana which shortened the game between Sri Lanka and Ireland to 43 overs per game, Shevon Daniel helped the Sri Lankans to an impressive 128-run victory.
Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl, but opener Daniel attacked from the start, scoring 75 from 72 balls, including eight fours and a six.
Opening partner Chamidu Wickramasinghe was knocked out for five and No.3 Sakuna Liyanage was ambushed LBW by Irish bowler Nathan McGuire (2/40) unable to slow down Daniel, who failed to go out with the score of 122 for two.
The middle order picked up the slack from there as Sadisha Rajapaksa (22), Pawan Pathiraja (25) and Ranuda Somarathne (33) all had cameos to push Sri Lanka’s total to 233 for seven of 43 overs – with three of the layoffs were overrun.
In response, Ireland’s top order failed to build a base with Wickramasinghe clean bowling both opener Liam Doherty and captain Tim Tector to finish with figures of two for seven from four overs before Wanuja Sahan (3/5) took up the mantle to cheaply fire Philippus le Roux, Scott MacBeth and McGuire.
No.3 Joshua Cox was the only source of Irish resistance as he bounced off 44 from 86 balls but with wickets tumbling the other side there was little he could do to prevent his side from being sent off for 105 from 31.4 overs – Jamie Forbes last man out when he was thrown by Matheesha Pathirana for a duck.
The 128-run triumph was the perfect tonic for Sri Lanka as they continue to prepare for a group featuring Australia, the West Indies and Scotland at the upcoming ICC U19 Men’s CWC.
UAE put down a mark
The United Arab Emirates impressed with both bat and ball as they recorded a dominant 250-run victory over Papua New Guinea in Basseterre.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, UAE opener Kai Smith started penalizing that decision with a brilliant 145 innings coming from just 139 balls.
Smith looted 19 fours and a six as he built three big partnerships with his top-rated teammates, starting with an opening score of 72 alongside Shival Bawa, before Bawa was caught by Malcolm Aporo at John Kariko’s bowling for 23.
Dhruv Parashar came to the fold, making 52 in a partnership of 133 before a third wicket score of 77 with Punya Mehra (41 out of 25) took the UAE total to 300.
Smith eventually went down for 145 with only 13 balls left in the innings and the score at 298 before the UAE took their final total to 321 for five of 50 overs.
Their bowlers then took advantage of that mammoth target as Papua New Guinea was reduced to 22 for four, with Ali Naseer taking one for three with three girls in a suffocating five-over spell, while fellow opener Nilansh Keswani (2/16 ) helped himself to a few wickets at the other end.
PNG opener Peter Karoho (14 of 18) and No.6 Christopher Kilapat (27 of 40) were the only batters to reach double figures as Aayan Khan’s three for ten helped them for just 71 from 28 overs and a win of 250 runs sealed .
Scotland impress to beat Uganda
Scotland may have only been a late substitute for New Zealand in the 2022 ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, but they signaled their intention to make some noise in the West Indies with a 107-run warm-up in Uganda .
They batted first and posted a creditable total of 219 for nine out of their 50 overs, with opener Charlie Tear leading the innings while making 50.
Scotland even received useful runs at the very bottom of the order as Sam Elstone reached 29, Jack Jarvis contributed 33 before running out and Charlie Peet added 26 late.
The Ugandan bowlers regularly took wickets, with Edwin Nuwagaba (3/29) and Juma Miyaji (2/30) doing the most damage, but the Scots still gave themselves a target to defend.
Uganda got off to a promising start with the bat, reaching 41 for none in the ninth left, but would then lose all ten wickets for just 71 runs.
It was a run that eventually broke the opening partnership as Ronald Lutaaya left for 17 before Oliver Davidson (3/14) knocked out three of the top five and another run left them at 63 for five.
Scottish skipper Jamie Cairns went on to take a three-wicket-haul for the concession of just 15 runs as Cyrus Kakuru (top scorer with 25), Pius Oloka (5) and Miyaji (2) all fell through the slow left arm.
Nuwagaba was the last man for five out of Lyle Robertson’s bowling in a total of 112, while Uganda slid to a 107-run defeat in 31.2 overs.
Scores in brief
Sri Lanka Under 19s beat Ireland Under 19s by 128 runs, Providence Stadium, Guyana
233-7, 43 overs (Shevon Daniel 75 knocked out not out, Ranuda Somarathne 33; Nathan McGuire 2-40, Daniel Forkin 1-21)
104 all out, 31.4 overs (Joshua Cox 45 not out, Scott MacBeth 11; Wanuja Sahan 3-5, Chamidu Wickramasinghe 2-7)
United Arab Emirates U19 beat Papua New Guinea U19 by 250 runs, Conaree Cricket Field, Basseterre, St Kitts
United Arab Emirates
321-5, 50 overs (Kai Smith 145, Dhruv Parashar 52, Punya Mehra 41; Barnabas Maha 1-33, John Kariko 1-40)
Papua New Guinea
71 all out, 28 overs (Christopher Kilapat 27, Peter Karoho 14; Aayan Khan 3-10, Adihya Shetty 2-10, Nilansh Keswani 2-16)
Scotland Under 19s beat Uganda Under 19s by 109 runs, Everest Cricket Club Ground, Georgetown, Guyana
219-9, 50 overs (Charlie Tear 50, Jack Jarvis 33; Edwin Nuwagaba 3-29, Juma Miyaji 2-30)
112 all out, 31.2 overs (Cyrus Kakuru 25, Ronald Lutaaya 17; Oliver Davidson 3-14, Jamie Cairns 3-15)