England won the 1st match of the U-19 Tri-series tournament against Namibia as they beat them convincingly by 129 runs. South Africa are the 3rd team in the tournament.
England U-19 battled first and posted a healthy total of 290/5 in their 39 overs, as the match started late due to dampness in the ground. Opener Savin Perera (74 off 75) provided a good start after the early dismissal of Liam Banks for 7. Henry Brook (50 off 52) and Will Jacks (54 off 40) continued the good work by accelerating in the middle overs.
Savin made a 84 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket with Brook and a 95 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket with Jacks. Savin and Jacks left within a space of few balls and England U-19 were still comfortably placed at 202/4 in the 31st over.
Tom Lammonby (35 n.o off 22) and Finlay Trenouth (42 off 23) played quickfire cameos to propel England to their final score. Ben Shikongo (2/52) managed to return decent figures among all other Namibian U-19 boys.
Much hopes were riding on Namibia captain, Lohan Louwrens and he managed to get off quickly off the hooks scoring 44 off 30 deliveries before getting out to Brook. His wicket was the turning point as Namibia folded quickly after that with Luke Hollman (4/42) running through the late order to set up England victory.
Petrus Burger (25 off 27) and Ramon Wilmot (25 n.o off 35) delayed the inevitable for a little bit with a 29 runs partnership for the 8th wicket but nevertheless, went down getting bowled out for 161 in 32.3 overs.
Dillon Pennington (2/30) and Tom Scriven (2/22) picked up couple of wickets while Henry Brook and Will Jacks collected a wicket apiece.