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29 January 201616:41

All-round England U19 registers big win

West Indies U19 goes down by 61 runs after half-centuries from Dan Lawrence and Callum Taylor, and Saqib Mahmood’s four-for

A combined effort by the batsmen and a four-wicket haul from Saqib Mahmood gave England Under-19 its second consecutive win of the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup as it defeated West Indies Under-19 by 61 runs at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday (January 29).

Opting to bat, England made 282 for 7 from its 50 overs before bowling West Indies out for 221 in 43.4 overs. While Dan Lawrence (55) and Callum Taylor (59) made the big runs, there were good contributions from Jack Burnham (44), George Bartlett (48) and Sam Curran (39) as well.

Later, Mahmood (4 for 42) was the pick of the bowlers while Curran and Lawrence picked up two wickets each to cap a strong performance on England’s part. For West Indies, Gidron Pope (60) and Keemo Paul (65) made enterprising half-centuries that went in vain.

England's batting efforts was like a relay race with each batsman passing on the baton to the next. The partnerships for each of the first five wickets were at least 40, with three of those in excess of 50.

Max Holden, the opener, fell for just four in the ninth over but Lawrence and Burnham kept England going with some positive batting. Both had made big centuries in England's first match against Fiji and continued their form. They cut, drove and pulled the pacers to the boundary regularly and were equally attacking against the spinners as well.

Lawrence was bowled when he tried to sweep offspinner Michael Frew in the 15th over but Burnham slammed the bowler for a six and a four in the same over to signal England's intent. He was joined by Taylor, who too started with a six and a four off legspinner Kirstan Kallicharan before settling down to add 62 for the third wicket.

Pope struck twice in the middle overs but each wicket was followed by a substantial partnership that kept England's charge going. Bartlett and Curran gave England a strong finish, adding 67 for the fifth wicket that helped push the score beyond 280.

Curran carried the confidence into his bowling and gave England the perfect start, dismissing Telvin Imlach and Shimron Hetmyer for noughts in the first over of the chase. Imlach was out caught behind after poking at an awayswinger while Hetmyer, the West Indies captain, was trapped leg before by one that held its line.

The wickets, however, had no impact on Pope. The left-handed opening batsman counter-attacked and dealt in boundaries, hitting England's pacers all around the park. He wasn't afraid to go aerial too, as Ben Green found out when he was smacked over deep mid-wicket for two consecutive sixes.

Pope's charge, combined with a sedate Keacy Carty at the other end, revived the chase but Lawrence ended the 84-run stand when Pope missed a quicker delivery to be bowled in the 18th over. Carty followed, chipping a simple return catch to Lawrence, and West Indies' chase went off the tracks.

Paul, who walked in with the score on 103 for 5, kept West Indies in the game with a rearguard effort along with Jyd Goolie. While Paul attacked, Goolie played a stubborn knock as the two added 90 runs for the sixth wicket. The partnership gave West Indies hope, but once Goolie lofted Mahmood to long-on, the chase came to a swift end.