KIMBERLEY          -           For the second game in a row, allrounder Nyeem Young led the way as West Indies defeated a higher-seeded team at the Under-19 World Cup. After his half-century against Australia downed the 2018 runners-up on Saturday, Young returned on Tuesday to smash a 41-ball 66 and then take five wickets to defeat England and virtually confirm his team's spot in the quarterfinal.

Young walked in at 138 for 5 after England had sent West Indies in, and joined No. 3 Kevlon Anderson in a 101-run partnership for the sixth wicket, off just 76 balls. Anderson remained not out on 86 off 105 balls as West Indies closed at 267 for 7. Young smashed five fours and four sixes, including one that broke the glass window of the media centre, while Anderson hit three sixes and six fours. Before their partnership, offspinner Hamidullah Qadri and legspinner Lewis Goldsworthy had kept West Indies' run-rate in check with regular wickets.

England's chase began positively, the openers putting on 53 before wicketkeeper-batsman Jordan Cox succumbed to the temptation of playing the reverse sweep, gloving the shot to first slip in the 14th over. His partner Ben Charlesworth was dismissed soon after for 36. A third-wicket stand of 51 between Tom Clark and Jack Haynes kept England in the chase, but they stumbled following Clark's departure, as Young's short-pitched deliveries sent back Dan Mousley and Haynes in the 33rd over. A passing shower paused the game for around thirty minutes, with England 40 runs behind the DLS par, and when play resumed, Young struck again, dismissing Joey Evison and Goldsworthy for single-digit scores, and then having England captain George Balderson caught at long-on to complete his five-for.

With lightning in the background, the game was halted once more in the 44th over, by which time England had lost their ninth wicket, and were 71 runs behind the DLS par. Play never resumed, and West Indies wrapped up a comprehensive win.

Nigeria's first ever match at a World Cup was one to forget, as they were bowled out for 61 before going down by ten wickets against Australia in what was a rude awakening for the newcomers to the fold. Their top scorer, opener Olayinka Olaleye, made 21 runs in 53 balls, surviving nearly 20 overs against some hostile pace bowling led by Bradley Simpson, but was eventually dismissed by legspinner Tanveer Sangha. Sangha cleaned up the Nigerian tail thereafter to finish with 5 for 14 and get to the top of the wicket-takers' chart for the tournament. Australia then chased the target down in 7.4 overs with openers Sam Fanning and Jake Fraser-McGurk hitting eight fours to complete a dominant performance.


West Indies 267 for 7 (Anderson 86 not out, Young 66, Goldsworthy 2-28, Qadri 2-46) beat England 184 for 9 (Clark 38, Young 5-45, Nedd 2-35) by 71 runs (DLS method).

Australia 62 for 0 (Fanning 30 not out) beat Nigeria 61 (Olaleye 21 not out, Sangha 5-14, Simpson 3-11) by ten wickets.