Bazley, Fotia star in 101-run win over Namibia

Bowlers grab three wickets apiece after Short's 96 as Australia starts World Cup campaign with resounding victory
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Matthew Short's 96, coupled with a disciplined bowling effort from James Bazley and Matthew Fotia helped Australia, the winner of the 1988, 2002 and 2010 editions of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, start its 2014 campaign on a strong note. In its Group B game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Australia overpowered Namibia by 101 runs on Saturday (February 15).
 
Batting first, Australia was dominant despite losing Kevin Smith early. Short made a patient 138-ball 96, with nine fours, and added 80 runs for the second wicket with Jaron Morgan before Bredell Wessells dismissed the latter for 33.
 
After Morgan’s dismissal, a century stand between Short and Ben McDermott (45) further strengthened Australia’s position. By the time Wessells dismissed Short, Australia was 185 for 4 in 41.4 overs, but a 35-run partnership between Alex Gregory and Bazley took Australia to 242 for 7.
 
Namibia, losing wickets at regular intervals, never looked comfortable in the chase. At 69 for 7 in 22.3 overs, the only bit of resistance came in the form of a 35-run eighth-wicket stand between Wessells and Johannes Smit. 

Although Wessells impressed spectators, making an unbeaten 43 after returning figures of 4 for 40, he couldn't prevent Namibia from hurtling to defeat. Namibia was bowled out for 141 in 44.2 overs as Fotia grabbed 3 for 23 and Bazley snapped up 3 for 25.

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