U19 World Cup Day Semi Final Wrap – Day for bowlers as India and England progress

THE Under 19 Cricket World Cup semi-finals were run and won overnight, with India and England through to the inaugural final on Sunday.

New Zealand breaks undefeated streak at worst time, India through

India is through to the inaugural Under 19 World Cup final after it downed the previously undefeated New Zealand by eight wickets.

The New Zealanders will be devastated they did not go all the way to the final after being undefeated for so long, but were just no match for India’s tight bowling and dominant top order.

New Zealand batted first and was restricted to 9/107 from their 20 overs.

Georgia Plimmer topscored with 35, but she was only one of four New Zealand batters to make a double figure score. Even the modest extras tally of six outscored half the New Zealand line-up Parshavi Chopra topped the wicket tally for the Indians with three.

In reply Shweta Sehrawat (61 not out) really got to work to guide the Indians to the win, and they reached the tally with over five overs to spare. Anna Browning took both of the wickets for New Zealand but it was not enough as the Indians progressed.

England beats Australia in heart-breaking thriller

The other semi-final saw an absolute nailbiter, with England defeating Australia by three runs to progress through to the final. It was a game for the bowlers as both sides could only post very modest totals.

England went first, and was bowled out for 99 on the penultimate ball of its innings. Alexa Stonehouse top scored with 25, but she was only one of four batters to make a double digit score, with the extras tally of 17 outscoring all bar her and Grace Scrivens.

Meanwhile on the flipside, Maggie Clark, Ella Hayward and Sianna Ginger all picked up three wickets, while Milly Illingworth claimed the other wicket. In reply what should have been a simple chase was not for the Australians, as they kept losing wickets on a too regular basis.

Amy Smith top scored with 26 as the Australians got close to the English tally but fell devastatingly short, bowled out for 96 with eight balls left in the innings. Hannah Baker (three wickets) and Scrivens (two) were the pick of the bowlers for the English.

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