Namibia U19 team in action at Youth Tri-Nation ODI tournament in South Africa - Image courtesy Namibia U19 CWC 2018 @NamU19CWC

England U-19 put up another dominant performance on the field when they defeated Namibia U-19 by a big margin of 130 runs in the Youth Tri-Nations ODI tournament @Potchefstroom in South Africa.

Put into bat first by Namibia, England were in early trouble as they were reduced to 36/3 in the 7th over and it took a 62 runs partnership for the 4th wicket to start the recovery process between Will Jacks (20 off 34) and Finley Trenouth (42 off 40). However, both batsmen fell quickly again to leave England at 105/5 in the 20th over.

In came Tom Scriven and Prem Sisodiya and the duo started to play their shots and accumulate runs to forge a 125 runs stand for the 6th wicket. Both players got to their half-centuries with Scriven (88 n.o off 72) staying unbeaten till the end and Sisodiya (63 off 66) taking England to a safe zone as they finished with 269/6 in their 50 overs.

Ben Shikongo (2/49) and Ramon Wilmot (2/48) were the pick of the bowlers for Namibia U-19.

Namibia were evenly placed at 102/3 when their battling line-up had a collapse which saw them lose their last 7 wickets adding another 37 runs to the total. Prem Sisodiya capped off a brilliant debut in the U-19 colours picking up 4/40 and got good support from Afghan-born Hamidullah Qadri (2/26), that ripped apart the middle and late order batting line-up for Namibia. Eben van Wyk (43 off 39) was the top-scorer for Namibia U-19.

A rather disappointing end for Namibia U-19 in the tournament as they lost all their 4 matches against England U-19 and South Africa U-19 but the experience will help them prepare for ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Feb 2018 in New Zealand.

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