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31 January 201616:00

Springer, Pope star in big West Indies victory

Fiji’s Under-19 World Cup campaign comes to an end after it hurtles to a 262-run loss

Springer, Pope star in big West Indies victory
 - Cricket News
Shamar Springer’s century and Gidron Pope’s excellent all-round performance helped West Indies Under-19 seal a massive 262-run win over Fiji Under-19 in an ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 Group C match at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday (January 31).

Put in to bat, West Indies put up 340 for 7, and then rolled Fiji over for just 78, sending it to its third loss.

Pope and Tevin Imlach, the West Indies openers, got their side off to a rollicking start, carving into the inexperienced Fiji bowling attack with relish. The two scored at more than a run-a-ball, Pope the more dominant of the two, as they had a 120-run partnership before Imlach fell to Cakacaka Tikoisuva, the right-arm pacer, for a 40-ball 36.

Imlach’s wicket prompted a mini-collapse for West Indies, as it lost their next three wickets for the addition of just 20 runs.

A well-set Pope fell for a 77-ball 76, becoming the second of Tikoisuva’s victims. The bowler then picked up his third when he had Keacy Carty caught at cover, and, soon after, Vaibhav Kapadia, the debutant, dismissed Shimron Hetmyer to leave West Indies at a tricky 140 for 4.

Fiji may have thought it had an opening, but Springer, who came in at No. 5, and Jyd Goolie all but put an end to such ideas with a 157-run partnership for the fifth wicket at better than a run-a-ball.

Springer was severe on all the bowlers, but seemed to take a particular liking to the pace of Peni Vuniwaqa and Saimoni Tuitoga, bringing up his hundred with a boundary off Vuniwaqa.

Goolie played a supporting role, but his contribution was just as important. He scored a 75-ball 66 and was dismissed in the 46th over when he tried to accelerate the scoring rate.

Springer fell in the final over of the innings for a well-made 106 from 78 balls, with ten fours and four sixes, becoming Tikoisuva’s fifth victim. But, by then, West Indies already had 333 runs on the board.

Tikoisuva picked up one more wicket in the final over, that of Keemo Paul (19 off 13 balls), to finish with figures of 6 for 59 in his ten overs.

It was always going to be tough for Fiji, but a fight was expected from it. But Alzarri Joseph ripped through the top-order, picking up three of the first four wickets to fall, leaving Fiji reeling at 13 for 4.

Only Vuniwaqa (29) and Tuitoga (12), the captain, showed some fight as they put together a 25-run stand for the fifth wicket, before Pope brushed the Fiji lower order aside, the off-spinner finishing with 4 for 24 to help dismiss Fiji in just 27.3 overs. Kristan Kallicharan, the other off-spinner, also picked up two wickets.

The win brought West Indies level with Zimbabwe on two points from two matches, and the winner of the match between the two teams on Tuesday will determine which of them qualifies for the Super League quarterfinals along with England.

Please click here to review the match in full in the ICC Match Centre