Next stop – 2018 Cricket World Cup
After Wednesday’s horrendous innings against England in the U19 Cricket World, where the young eagles lost by 203 runs, the boys restored their pride when they beat Nepal by 15 runs in a tightly contested World Cup match that was played on Thursday, at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah in Bangladesh.
The U19’s 7th Place Play-off win over Nepal, means that the young eagles will feature in the 2018 U19 Cricket World Cup, as they emerged as the best Associate Member of the ICC and therefore directly qualifying them for the next World Cup.
The squad spear-headed by Michael van Lingen posted a total of 225 runs for 9 wicket after 45 overs, after they won the toss and opted to bat.
Despite Nepal controlling most of the game, the boys held on and managed to squeeze through, as Nepal fell short of the target and only posted 210 all out.
Namibian Van Lingen’s all-round performance during the match, resulted in him being crowned the player of the match after edging out 58 runs and picking up 4 wickets after some clinical bowling.
The U19 during the cause of the tournament caused a number of upsets, when they beat the then defending champions South Africa as well as clobbering the Scotland, but like any other form of competition they fell victims to the big name teams like India and England.