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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: NZ pips Eng, Aus cruises past SA in U-19 WC

Published: Monday, January 28, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: New Zealand triumphed in a last ball thriller against England but Australia confidently disposed of South Africa as group two of cricket's Under-19 World Cup super league got underway on Monday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]England needed a four off the final ball to beat New Zealand but Peter Borren bowled a dot ball to Chris Gilbert as the Kiwis claimed a crucial win.New Zealand has now edged ahead of England in the race for one of the top two spots in the group that qualifies for a place in next week's semi-finals. Victory over Australia on Wednesday will boost England's chances, but the tournament favourite is in princely form after its five-wicket win over South Africa.Following its defeat to Pakistan last week England made two changes to its side bringing in Mark Pettini for Bilal Shafayat and Chris Gilbert for Nadeem Malik, and it got off to a good start reducing New Zealand to 28 for three.However, some powerful hitting from Jessie Ryder resurrected the innings with the opener hitting 10 fours in his blistering 54. Lancashire all-rounder Kyle Hogg landed a crucial blow when he found Ryder's outside edge with wicket-keeper Stephen Pope taking a brilliant one-handed catch. Brook Hatwell made a patient 45 and Ian Sandbrook 24 as New Zealand was dismissed for 205 with Hogg claiming figures of three for 41. England's reply got off to a disastrous start with Kadeer Ali and captain Nicky Peng falling in the opening two overs. At 66 for four England was in trouble but 17-year-old Samit Patel made a handy 47 and Hogg 27 as they clawed their way back in the game. Pettini and Pope then combined to add 61 for the seventh wicket to take England to within 10 runs of victory, but as the pressure mounted it was Kiwis who kept their heads. The dismissal of Pettini for 36, caught at mid-wicket, left England needing 10 off the last eight balls, but Pope was out in the next over and England squandered its chance."I felt it was slipping away from us and England should really have won the game," said New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch. "The guys fought to the last ball because it is so important to keep winning these round robin games."England coach Paul Farbrace took consolation from his side's best performance in the competition, and predicted it could upset Australia when the two sides meet on Wednesday."Having not played particularly well as a team over the past three weeks it makes it very disappointing that this was our best performance but we still lost. Nobody is expecting us to beat Australia, but if we play like we did in this match then we are capable of causing a surprise."Australia was set a challenging 236 by South Africa, thanks to some lower order hitting from Ryan Bailey (48) and Ryan McLaren (39), but the Australians cruised to victory with more than four overs to spare.Opener Craig Simmons hit 52 and Jarrad Burke 31 as Australia put on 57 for the first wicket. After South Africa removed both openers the challenge was taken up by Tasmanian George Bailey who hit an unbeaten 54 from 48 balls to take his side to victory.Nepal's good form continued in the Plate Championship as it crushed Canada by ten wickets. Medium pacer Sanjam Regmi took three for 10 and spinner Binod Das three for 13 as Canada was dismissed for 102. Yashwant Subedi hit 41 as Nepal ambled to victory with more than 27 overs remaining.Namibia and Scotland fought out a high scoring game in Auckland with two batsmen registering centuries. Steven Gilmour scored exactly 100 as Scotland made a highly creditable 234 for four, but Stephan Swanepoel hammered 142 from 152 balls, hitting 16 fours and two sixes, as Namibia won by four wickets.On Wednesday in group one of the super league India takes on the West Indies and Sri Lanka meet Pakistan. In the Plate Championship, Bangladesh plays Kenya and Zimbabwe line up against Papua New Guinea.

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