09 February 2016
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Day 15 Preview
Full preview of all matches at U19 CWC Day 15 as England U19 looks to bolster experience against Namibia and Scottish batsmen get set to face stern test from Ireland bowlers
Namibia U-19 celebrates the wicket of Ishan Kishan.
England U19 v Namibia U19 – fifth place play-off semifinal
Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
That England Under-19 lost the quarterfinal of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 against Sri Lanka was largely because of its difficulty in rotating the strike against the spinners. With that defeat having brought an end to its title aspirations, England will now want to end the tournament with a fifth place finish, and the first step to that would be to beat Namibia at the Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Two England batsmen are among the top three run-getters of the tournament so far. In England's next few games, the side would want Jack Burnham and Dan Lawrence, their leading run-getters, as well as Saqib Mahmood, the highest wicket-taker, to separate themselves at the top of the tree to claim some individual glory and more understanding of subcontinental conditions.
Namibia, meanwhile, has more to gain than lose by playing against a Test nation. “It has been a great journey throughout this World Cup,” Zade Green, their captain, who will go to study in South Africa after the tournament, said after the quarterfinal loss to India. ”We can use this experience, which we have got here, in the next Under-19 World Cup.”
England U19: Brad Taylor (capt), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.
Namibia U19: Zane Green (capt), Petrus Burger, Charl Brits, Fritz Coetzee, Niko Davin, Sj Loftie-Eaton, Mushi Honga, Burton Jacobs, Lohan Louwrens, Jurgen Linde, Michael Van Lingen, Chrischen Oliver, Francios Rautenbach, Warren Van Wyk, Eben Van Wyk.
Ireland U19 v Scotland U19, 13th-place play-off
Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox’s Bazaar
When the senior sides of Ireland and Scotland clash, it usually results in a closely fought encounter. More of the same is expected when the Under-19 teams meet in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday. Tournament graphs will show the teams have had similar World Cups in terms of results: they both have won just once, in the 13th-place play-off semifinals.
Led by Rory Anders, Ireland’s bowlers were impressive, attacked in a pack and had the Canadian batsmen tied up in knots. Scotland’s batting has been a concern. The highest total of 225 came against Fiji, where the side continued to lose wickets in a heap. On that evidence, the Ireland bowlers should win the battle against the Scottish batsmen, especially if Joshua Little, the paceman who sat out of the previous match with an injury, makes a return.
Teams bowling first have mostly ended on the winning side in the Plate Championship so far. The toss will therefore be key in the latest chapter of this rivalry.
Ireland: Jack Tector (capt), Rory Anders, Andrew Austin, Varun Chopra, Adam Dennison, Stephen Doheny, Aaron Gillespie, Josh Little, Gary McClintock, William McClintock, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Fiachra Tucker, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White.
Scotland: Neil Flack (capt), Haris Aslam, Ryan Brown, Scott Cameron, Harris Carnegie, Mohammad Azeem Dar, Mohammad Ghaffar, Rory Johnston, Ihtisham Malik, Finlay McCreath, Mitchell Rao, Owais Shah, Simon Whait, Jack Waller, Ben Wilkinson.