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Bancroft thrilled with effort

Cameron Bancroft was delighted after he helped Australia secure a four-wicket win against South Africa in their ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Bancroft thrilled with effort - Cricket News
Cameron Bancroft was delighted after he helped Australia secure a four-wicket win against South Africa in their ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
 
 
Bancroft made a patient 66, which came off 133 deliveries, at the top of the order for his country as they successfully chased down 192 to win.
 
The West Australian was at the crease until the 44th over and his composed display allowed the likes of Kurtis Patterson (49) and Will Bosisto (40) to play their shots at the end as they won with nine balls to spare.
 
"I'm really proud of myself," Bancroft said afterwards.
 
"It's really good. Obviously it would have been nice to be not out at the end but it doesn't always happen. I'm just rapt that we are going to be playing on Sunday (in the final).
 
"It is something we have obviously set out to do, to take it one game at a time and win. It is fantastic."
 
Once again the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville was difficult to bat on in the early stages, particularly against the swinging new ball.
 
Bancroft explained how a defensive strategy at the top of the order is crucial at the ground and also paid compliments to a South Africa side who caused the Aussies problems at several stages of the match.
 
"I think it was a real tough wicket to score off," he said.
 
"It was one of those wickets where you had to really bat a long period of time. You saw South Africa lose early wickets, we lost early wickets as well. It's one of those wickets I reckon you have just got to guts it out for the first 10 or 12 overs.
 
"(Today) were two good teams going at it. It's probably the best team we have played so far. It just showed you the type of cricket you have got to play on Tony Ireland (Stadium). It's tough cricket."
 
Australia made a poor start to their chase, with Jimmy Peirson and Meyrick Buchanan (zero) both falling in the first two overs.
 
The 95-run union between Bancroft and Patterson for the third wicket steadied the ship though, and the latter enjoyed the partnership.
 
"We have fun out there (and) we enjoy it, which is the main thing," Patterson said.
 
"We sort of compliment each other in a way, which is really good. Every time you go out there with 'Bangers' (Bancroft) it's always pretty intense, he's that sort of character. It's good fun, it's good to see how he bats, his concentration … we enjoy it."
 
Patterson was particularly aggressive in his innings and although he was dropped twice, the strategy paid dividends as he hit seven fours in an important knock for his country.
 
"I just wanted to go out there today and be as positive as I could," he said.
 
"It's one of those wickets where I think if you sort of try and hang around then you can get yourself in trouble. So I've just been training and I was just hoping to go out there and be as positive as I could. It paid off today."
 

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