31 January 2016
Burnham, bowlers take England U-19 into Super League
Lawrence and Holden chip in with the bat, Mahmood and Callum Taylor star with the ball in 129-run win over Zimbabwe
Burnham followed up his 137-ball 148 in the opening clash against Fiji Under-19 with another match-winning effort, hitting an unbeaten 106 from 104 balls.
Opting to bat, England made 288 for 4 in its 50 overs before bowling Zimbabwe out for 159 in 43.3 overs. While Burnham did the bulk of the scoring, there were half-centuries from Dan Lawrence (59 off 67 balls) and Max Holden (51 off 90 balls) as well.
Once the batsmen were done, Saqib Mahmood led the England bowling with 4 for 39, while Callum Taylor took 3 for 14 in his four overs, and Sam Curran, Ben Green and Mason Crane took a wicket each.
England got off to a flying start thanks to a 91-run opening-wicket stand between Lawrence and Holden. Lawrence, who scored 174 and 55 in the first two matches, was clearly the aggressor, not letting go of a scoring opportunity, even as Holden found the occasional boundary but focussed more on keeping his wicket intact.
By the time Lawrence fell to Rugare Magarira in the 20thover, he had struck seven boundaries and a six.
Burnham then associated with Holden for a 73-run second-wicket stand. Along the way, Holden brought up his half-century off 87 balls, but was dismissed soon after by William Mashinge when a mishit found Adam Keefe at mid-off. Callum Taylor, who came in at No. 4, fell soon when attempting a slog off Magarira.
Burnham, who was dropped on 31, carried on unperturbed, reaching the half-century mark off 70 balls. But it wasn’t until the 41st over that he really upped the ante, finding the boundary with relative ease from then on.
Wesley Madhevere struck to dismiss Aneurin Donald in the 45th over, but Curran’s blitz took England past the 250-run mark. Curran raced to 32 off just 16 balls, hitting five boundaries off Mashinge in the 48th over. Burnham and Curran added an unbeaten 62-run fifth-wicket partnership to take England to a competitive total, which, in the end, proved too much for Zimbabwe.
Curran carried the confidence into his bowling, giving England an early breakthrough when he dismissed Akshay Patel, the debutant, while Brendan Sly, the other opener, was sent back by Mahmood as Zimbabwe was two down within five overs.
Lack of substantial partnerships hurt Zimbabwe as Mahmood then struck to dismiss Ryan Murray, and Ben Green accounted for Shaun Snyder. But it was Callum Taylor’s twin strikes in the 24th over, to send back Mashinge and Keefe, that left it stuttering at 69 for 6.
The flurry of wickets, however, had little impact on Jeremy Iver, the No. 4 batsman, who waged a lone battle with his 132-ball 91. Callum Taylor then bowled Madhevere and, after a fighting 52-run eighth-wicket stand between Ives and Brandon Mavuta, Mahmood and Crane wrapped up the tail.
The victory, England's third in as many matches, set up a quarterfinal clash for it against either Pakistan or Sri Lanka.
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