U-19 WC Australia cake walk past lowly Namibia

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: A magnificent century by Australian captain Michael Hill authored his side"s comprahensive 145-run win over Namibia in their ICC U-19 World Cup Group-C tie at Johor Cricket Academy in Johar on Sunday.

Australia, riding on the skipper's hurricane 124, posted a mammoth 312 all out in 48 overs. In reply Namibia managed 163 all out in 31 overs.

Aussies, sent in to bat, got off to a poor start losing opener Kumar Sarna LBW to van Rooi in the second over of the match. Hill came in and immediately imposed himself on the game. He was in a murderous mood from the word go. His 77-ball knock includes seven hits to ropes and 12 over it- 100 runs in boundaries at what is not a particularly small ground in Johor.

Middle order batters Crammer (40), Faulkner (36) and Smith (38) chipped in with useful contributions to help their side take past 300.

In reply, Dawid Botha (56 off 46 balls) and Louis van der Westhuizen (48 off 35 balls) briefly threatened to throw a cat among the pigeons with a rapid fourth-wicket partnership but in reality the result was never really in doubt. Steven Smith (4/41) cleared up the tail for the Aussies as they ended up winning by 149 runs.

Brief Scores:

Australia 312 all out in 48 overs (Michael Hill 124, Cramner 40, Steven Smith 39, Faulkner 36; van Rooi 3 for 25, Ya France 3 for 31, K Strauss 2 for 44) beat Namibia 163 all out in 31 overs ( Dawid Botha 56, van der Westhuizen 48, Steven Smith 4 for 41, King 2 for 5, Hazlewood 2 for 17) by 149 runs.


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