Melbourne, Aug 7: The Australian Under-19 team have narrowly lost to the West Indies by 13 runs in their first official warm-up match of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.
Captain of the side, West Australia's Will Bosisto, won the toss and elected to bowl in fine conditions at the Maroochydore Cricket Club.
The West Indies got off to a good start with their opening partnership and second wicket stand scoring 61 and 80 respectively. West Indies opener Kraigg Briathwaite, who has previously opened for his national Test side, was in good form scoring 96 of the 235 runs the West Indies set for Australia to chase.
West Australia's Ashton Turner took all five of Australia's wickets, with Victoria's Meyrick Buchanan also running out Sunil Ambris.
In reply, Australia lost the early wickets of West Australia's Cameron Bancroft and Buchanan. Queensland's Sam Hain and Bosisto contributed a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Bosisto was caught at backward point for 27 runs.
Turner was also impressive with the bat, coming in at number nine and scoring 80 quick runs, only just missing the target in the final over after being bowled out by Ronsford Beaton.
Bosisto said he was disappointed with his side's performance.
"We didn't start well in the field and we didn't bowl as well as we did in previous games. We were always behind the eight ball with the bat, and it took a great effort from Ashton to even get us in the ball park.
"Ashton's performance was outstanding, he was brilliant all day in the field and with the ball, and then with the bat at the end. He got us close to winning a game that we probably didn't deserve to win," Bosisto said in a Cricket Australia (CA) media release.
Bosisto was looking for a lift in intensity from his side for their next match against Scotland.
"We need to be up in the field and our bowlers need to be hitting their spots early. Our batting needs to show a positive intent to score right from the get go and not leave ourselves short," he said.
The Australian Under-19 team will play Scotland in their second warm-up on 8 August in Brisbane in preparation for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland from 11-26 August.