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Sri Lanka beats England to qualify for ICC U19 CWC quarter-final

Opener Samarawickrama stars for Sri Lanka; Valli’s all-round performance takes South Africa into last eight; Chanderpaul shines for the West Indies; O’Donnell’s unbeaten 107 inspires New Zealand

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Sadeera Samarawickrama played some fine shots in an elegant 89-ball 82 that included 10 boundaries
Free images from England-Sri Lanka and West Indies-Zimbabwe matches are available here for download and editorial use; please credit 2014 © IDI/Getty Images
Sri Lanka and South Africa sealed their places in the quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 when they recorded victories of contrasting styles on the third day of the 16-day tournament on Sunday.
In front of Star Sports cameras at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group D to progress to the knock-out stage, while South Africa recorded a comfortable 45-run victory over Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 to seal a place in the next round from Group C.
In the other results of the day, the West Indies outplayed Zimbabwe by 167 runs and New Zealand outsmarted the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 112 runs.
In one of the closest finishes in the history of the age-group competition, Sri Lanka sealed victory with one wicket and seven balls to spare. This was after Sri Lanka had looked down and out in its 231-run chase when it collapsed to 160 for seven in 35 overs and then needed nine runs for victory with one wicket remaining.
Number-seven batsman Thilaksha Sumanasiri (43) and number-nine AK Tyronne (20) put on 53 runs for the eighth wicket to take the score to 213 before Sumanasiri perished with Sri Lanka still requiring 18 runs off 35 balls. Tyronne followed Sumanasiri nine runs later to leave his side needing nine runs from 17 deliveries. But Anuk Fernando (10 not out) and Lakshan Jayasinghe (four not out) got the required runs with seven balls remaining, with a winning single coming after Jonathan Tattersall missed the wicket at the non-striker’s end.
Earlier, Sadeera Samarawickrama played some fine shots in an elegant 89-ball 82 that included 10 boundaries and put Sri Lanka on track for victory. He added 46 runs for the first wicket with Hasahn Dumindu (17), 38 runs for the fourth wicket with Priyamal Perera (22), 36 runs for fifth wicket with Binura Fernando (19) and another 37 runs for the sixth wicket with Sumanasiri.
Earlier, a gutsy 95 by Jonathan Tattersall saved England’s blushes when it slipped to 43 for four before recovering to 230 for nine. Tattersall, who was out on the penultimate delivery, faced 120 balls and hit three fours and two sixes.
The 19-year-old from Yorkshire added 71 runs for the fifth wicket with Will Rhodes (38) and 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Joe Clarke (19). It was mainly Tattersall’s efforts that saw England collect 78 runs in the last 10 overs, including 55 runs in the final five overs.
Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis was delighted with the victory: “It was a great match, which went down to the wire. We made a few mistakes in the batting but I’m glad that we were able to hold our nerves when it mattered most.
“I’m just happy to win the game and confirm a place in the Super League quarter-finals. We’ll try to improve our overall game so that we can achieve best results from this tournament.”
England captain Rhodes admitted he was devastated. “A one wicket defeat is devastating but I think the boys gave their best performance. I’m proud of the way we played but we’ll need to play much better in our next match against New Zealand, which will decide which side progresses.”
Samarawickrama, later declared man of the match, said: “It was a good one-day wicket and I enjoyed batting on it. I may have top scored but I think it was a good all-round performance and the later order batsmen ensured that we crossed the line and moved to the next stage.”
At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Yaseen Valli became the first batsman in the tournament to score a century and take four wickets in the same match as South Africa overcame a spirited challenge from Canada to win by 45 runs.
Valli first scored an unbeaten 102 from 92 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, and featured in a 102-run fifth wicket partnership with Bradley Dial (47, 44b, 4x4, 1x6) as South Africa posted 293 for six after being sent into bat. He then recorded figures of 10-1-43-4 as Canada was restricted to 248 for eight. Valli is now the leading run-getter in the tournament with 155 runs and most successful bowler with six wickets.
For Canada Sudeepta Aurka finished as the top scorer with a fine 69, while Nitish Kumar contributed 53. The two batsmen added 101 runs for the second wicket after Aurka had put on 51 runs for the opening wicket with Yug Rao (23). Nikhil Dutta was the other main run-getter for Canada with 35.
At the Zayed Cricket Stadium, opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 84 as the West Indies collected 275 for six after electing to bat first against Zimbabwe.
Chanderpaul, who featured in two half-century partnerships, faced 135 balls and hit six fours. For the first wicket, he added 69 runs with Shimron Hetmyer (49) and he put on 74 runs with Jonathan Drakes whose contribution was 50 off 54 balls with six fours.
Zimbabwe, in its turn, was sent packing for 108 in less than 40 overs, with Kieran Geyle top-scoring with 45 not out. Wickets were shared between Preston McSween (three for 14) and Ray Jordan (three for 32).
Robert O’Donnell scored a century for New Zealand which faced no problems in disposing off the UAE by 112 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. O’Donnell scored an undefeated 107 from 117 balls with six fours and four sixes to propel his side to 281 for five. Jack Hunter (three for 32), Jeremy Benton (two for 16), Jeremy Benton 2-16 and Dane Watson (two for 36) shared wickets as the home side was bowled out for 169 in 49.4 overs.
Scores in brief:
In Group C, South Africa beat Canada by 45 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1
South Africa 293-6, 50 overs (Yaseen Valli 102 not out, Kirwin Christoffels 57, Bradley Dial 47, Aiden Markram 31, Bradley Bopp 20; Nikhil Dutta 3-54)
Canada 248-8, 50 overs (Sudeepta Aurka 69, Nitish Kumar 53, Nikhil Dutta 35; Yaseen Vali 4-43, Sibonelo Makhanya 3-42)
Man of the match - Yaseen Valli (South Africa)
In Group C, West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 167 runs at Zayed Cricket Stadium
West Indies 275-6, 50 overs (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 84 not out, Jonathan Drakes 50, Shimron Hetmyer 49, Nicolas Pooran 27, Brandon King 21; Malcolm Lake 2-43)
Zimbabwe 108 all out, 39.4 overs (Kieran Geyle 45 not out; Preston McSween 3-14, Ray Jordan 3-32, Jerome Jones 2-13)
Man of the match - Tagenarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)
In Group D, Sri Lanka beat England by one wicket at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
England 230-9, 50 overs (Jonathan Tattersall 95, Will Rhodes 38, Harry Finch 24; Anuk Fernando 3-49, Harsha Rajapaksha 2-35, Binura Fernando 2-61)
Sri Lanka 231-9, 48.5 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 82, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 43, Priyamal Perera 22, AK Tyronne 20; Rob Sayer 2-33, Josh Shaw 2-38, Will Rhodes 2-45)
Man of the match - Sadeera Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka)
In Group D, New Zealand beat UAE by 112 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium
New Zealand 281-5, 50 overs (Robert O’Donnelll 107 not out, Shawn Hicks 70, Leo Carter 48, Raki Weerasundara 33; Moaaz Qazi 2-50, Pankaj Prakash 2-70)
UAE 169 all out, 49.4 overs (Chirag Suri 57, Shahrukh Ahmed 27, Moaaz Qazi 23; Jack Hunter 3-32, Jeremy Benton 2-16, Dane Watson 2-36)
Man of the match - Robert O’Donnell (New Zealand)
Monday’s fixtures (first round)
Bangladesh v Namibia, Abu Dhabi Oval 1
Australia v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi Oval 2
*India v Scotland, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Pakistan v PNG, ICC Academy 1
*denotes broadcast match
The list of official broadcasters and their broadcast schedules can be found here.
Media Guide and tournament website
The tournament media guide contains information on the competing teams, tournament statistics and tournament information, and is available for download from here.
The official tournament website www.icc-cricket.com will contain match reports, an up to date points table, fixtures and tournament statistics, while the Playing Conditions can be downloaded from here.
Team contacts:
Team Team Manager UAE mobile number
Afghanistan Shir Hamkar +971 (0) 56 624 3595
Australia Angela Logan (media manager) +971 (0)56 67 9381
Bangladesh Nazmul Abedeen +971 (0) 56 624 1945
Canada Wijay Senathirajah +971 (0) 56 624 3378
England John Abrahams +971 (0) 56 624 2238
India R I Palani +971 (0) 56 694 3478
Namibia Polly Negongo +971 (0) 56 625 9589
New Zealand Kaushik Patel +971 (0) 56 625 9675
Pakistan Ali Zia +971 (0) 56 624 1996
PNG Greg Campbell +971 (0) 56 625 9662
Scotland Sam Scott +971 (0) 56 624 3471
South Africa Morgan Pillay +971 (0) 56 694 3391
Sri Lanka Shiran Abeysekera +971 (0) 56 625 9688
UAE Gopal Jasapara +971 (0) 56 799 3605
West Indies Altamont Solomon +971 (0) 56 694 2433
Zimbabwe Nick Singo +971 (0) 56 694 2255
The ICC Tournament Media Manager is Anisa Khan, who can be contacted on + 971 (0) 50 640 1107 or anisa.khan@icc-cricket.com.
Playing hours
·       All matches except Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:
·       First session - 0930-1300
·       Interval - 1300-1330
·       Second session - 1330-1700
·       Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:
·       First session - 1200-1530
·       Interval - 1530-1600
·       Second session - 1600 - 1930
Facilities at venues
There will is live, ball-by-ball scoring on http://www.icc-cricket.com/
For all group matches, semi-finals and finals, there will be tabled, sheltered, press box available to all accredited members of the media. The facilities include power points, wireless internet, all-day light refreshments, lunch/dinner served during the break in innings, access to scorers.
Unless there is significant demand, there will be no formal post-match press conferences. Through the venue manager or team managers, media can request interviews with players or coaches as appropriate.
Daily round-ups
Daily round ups of each match day of the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 will be circulated to media and will be available on the ICC website www.u19cwc.com/ as well as on the ICC Media Zone
The ICC Media Zone is free to access and available to all media. Media needing access to the ICC Media Zone can register itself athttp://www.icc-cricket.com/mediazone/ and obtain login credentials.
More information on the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 can be found here.
The full schedule of matches can be found here.
Media accreditation pass pick-up
For those members of the media who have successfully applied for event media accreditation, the passes can be collected from the match manager from the location nominated in your application form. On arrival at the venue, please ask for the match manager who will deliver the pass to you.
The official tournament hashtag is #u19cwc.
Fans can keep up to date with the conversation on the #u19cwc via https://twitter.com/ICC/lists/icc-u19-cwc-2014  
Photography coverage
The ICC will be providing images from the following matches free of charge, which will be available here. Any images used should be credited as 2014 © IDI/Getty Images.
17 Feb Bangladesh v Namibia Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi
17 Feb Australia v Afghanistan Abu Dhabi Oval 2, Abu Dhabi
17 Feb India v Scotland Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
18 Feb South Africa v Zimbabwe Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
18 Feb New Zealand v England Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
19 Feb Australia v Bangladesh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
22 Feb Super League QF 4 D1vA2 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
22 Feb Super League QF 1 A1 v D2 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
23 Feb Super League QF 3 C1 v B2 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
23 Feb Super League QF 2 B1v C2 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
24 Feb Super League Semi-final  1WSLQF1 v WSLQF4 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
25 Feb Plate Semi-final 1WPQF1 vWPQF4 Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
25 Feb Plate Semi-final 2 WPQF2 v WPQF3 Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi
26 Feb Super League Semi-final 2 WQF2 v WQF3 Dubai International Cricket Stadium
27 Feb Plate Championship Final Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
1 Mar Super League Final Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

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