Cricket Australia Items/news/2012/8/24/england-clinch-fifth-spot

England clinch fifth spot

UPDATED 14 February, 2013 1:17PM AEST | by James Willoughby in Townsville, Omnisport

England defeated the West Indies on Friday to finish fifth at the ICC Under-19 World Cup while Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Scotland all ended the tournament with victories.

In the fifth-place playoff at Endeavour Park in Townsville, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and sent England in to bat.

The fielding side bowled well but struggled for answers when it came to stopping Sam Wood (104), who hit seven sixes in his exciting innings.

They had no problems removing Wood's team-mates with Daniel Bell-Drummond (18), Ben Foakes (seven), Ben Duckett (12) and Craig Overton (18) all falling cheaply.

Wood went at it alone though and made the most of the small boundaries on offer in a terrific exhibition of hitting.

His 111-ball stay at the crease came to an end in the 34th over when he was run out by Derone Davis and the middle-to-lower order failed to fire for England.

Justin Greaves (3-38 off eight) and Davis (2-56 off 10) bowled well for the West Indies and when the English were reduced to 9-192 in the 39th over, they were in control of the match.

Reece Topley (26 not out) and Tom Knight (18 not out) batted diligently though, adding 49 runs for the final wicket as England finished at 9-241 from their 50 overs.

Left-armer Topley - who is the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 19 - gave his side the perfect start in the field when he bowled dangerous opener Sunil Ambris (zero) in the first over.

John Campbell (105) and Brathwaite (30) got together and added 73 runs for the second wicket, and although regular wickets fell, Campbell was well supported by Kyle Mayers (22) and Stephen Katwaroo (25) as they moved to 5-202 in the 44th over.

In the hunt for late runs though, the West Indies lost their last five wickets for just 26 runs as they were bowled out for 228 with nine deliveries to spare.

Campbell - who hit eight fours and two sixes in his 133-ball innings - was fittingly trapped lbw by Topley, who also bowled Davis (nine) to end the match.

In other matches, Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by five wickets to win the seventh-place playoff in Townsville.

Pakistan batted first and scored 8-235 from their 50 overs - a strong recovery from 6-118 - with Mohammad Nawaz (82) impressing with the bat.

But Bangladesh captain Anamul Haque (128) and Litton Das (53) added 179 runs for the second wicket as the winners finished at 5-239 in the 47th over.

Sri Lanka won the Plate Championship final - effectively the ninth-place playoff - by seven wickets against Afghanistan in Brisbane.

The losers scored 9-194 from their 50 overs with Lahiru Madushanka (3-34 off nine) the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka.

And Niroshan Dickwella (76 not out) carried them to a comfortable victory as they reached 3-196 after just 39 overs.

Scotland were also successful in a run chase, defeating Ireland by five wickets in Brisbane in the 11th-place playoff.

Ireland were bowled out for 182 in the 50th over with Tyrone Kane (78) playing a lone hand.

And the Scots finished at 5-185 in the 42nd over thanks to the efforts of Ross McLean (47), Nicholas Farrar (38 not out) and Mathew Cross (30).

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 August, 2012 7:12PM AEST

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