Monday, January 22, 2018

Simmons, Melius battle in vain*

SUPER START: New Zealand’s number three batsman Finn Allen, playing in his second ICC U19 World Cup, celebrates on reaching his century against the West Indies yesterday. Allen finished on 115 not out. —Photo: ICC/Getty Images


OPENERS Keagan Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets yesterday.
Sent in at Bay Oval in the opening Group A clash, the Caribbean side raced to 123 without loss but a cluster of wickets in the middle overs hurt their momentum, restricting them to 233 for eight off their 50 overs. Simmons carried his bat for a top score of 92 not out while debutant Melius unfurled a stroke-filled 78 off 85 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (3-30) and fast bowler Matthew Fisher (3-61) picked up three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Felix Murray supported with two for 37.

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