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10 February 201617:42

Burnham, Crane lead England to big win

Batman hits third ton while Crane takes 3 for 3 in 203-run victory over Namibia, setting up fifth-place clash against Pakistan

Jack Burnham scored a 123-ball 109 as England defeated Namibia by 203 runs and sealed a date with Pakistan for the fifth-place play-off.

Burnham’s ton and Tom Moores’s 96-ball 85 helped England post 286 for 9 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday (February 10) before Mason Crane’s 3 for 3 helped bundle out Namibia for 83.

The century was Burnham’s third in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 and it saw him draw level with Shikhar Dhawan (2004) in terms of number of centuries scored in a single edition.

Put in, England lost the in-form Dan Lawrence early on when he was caught behind off Warren van Wyk for a run-a-ball 18. Burnham and Moores then got together, and there was little Namibia could do as the two attacked the bowlers. They put on 170 for the third wicket, an association that lasted 29.1 overs, and Namibia was left chasing leather.

The stand was broken when Moores, attempting a pull off Fritz Coetzee, dragged it onto the stumps. Namibia chipped away: Callum Taylor was run out early next over and Burnham fell to Coetzee during the death overs hustle.

However, late contributions from Sam Curran (22) and Brad Taylor (23) added gloss to England’s total.

Namibia was dealt early blows in its chase, and it never recovered. It was reduced to 9 for 2 after SJ Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin, the openers, were shot out within four overs. Lohan Louwrens typically fought hard and hung around to score a 39-ball 24, adding 22 with Zane Green, the captain, for the third wicket and 39 with Chrischen Oliver for the sixth.

However, he was one of Crane’s three wickets, and fell after a failed attempt to reverse sweep. Namibia didn’t last long after his dismissal, and was dismissed in 25.2 overs.

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