Australia, South Africa and New Zealand advanced to quarter-finals after victories on day four of U-19 World Cup.
Australia defeated Ireland by six wickets in a group A match on the fourth day of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Ireland won the toss and chose to bat but were rolled over for 129 in 42.5 overs. Only their opener Ryan Hunter showed some resilience and scored 31 runs off 39 balls while other batsmen fell like a pack of cards.
Alex Gregory and Shane Cassel picked up three wickets each for Australia. Chasing a modest target, Australia were in a bit of trouble when they were left 45 for 3 but their captain William Botisto scored an unbeaten 36 runs and got able support from Travis Head and Sam Hain who scored 25 and 26 not out. Australia attained the target in 40.3 overs and notched up their third victory in the tournament to win all their three group matches.
Cassel was declared Man of the Match.
Brief scores: Australia 133 for 4 in 40.3 overs (Bosisto 36*, Hain 26*) beat Ireland 129 all out in 42.5 overs (Hunter 31; Gregory 3-13) by six wickets
In other matches:
South Africa trounced Namibia by 209 runs. Quinton de Cock, Man of the Match in the last match, shone again and hammered a blistering century. He made 126 runs off 106 balls which included 13 boundaries and three sixes. Their captain, Chad Bowes, also smashed a century and both of them compiled 212 runs for the first wicket as South Africa, batting first after winning the toss, galloped to 359 for 6 in 50 overs.
Namibia crashed under the pressure of chasing a stiff target and were shot out for 150 in 46 overs. Theunis de Bruyn chalked up four wickets but De Cock won the Man-of-the-Match award.
Brief scores: South Africa 359 for 6 (De Cock 126, Bowes 115) beat Namibia 150 in 46 overs (Myburgh 37; De Bruyn 4-20) by 209 runs
New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 8 runs in a thriller. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. They had a poor start and were reeling at 20 for 3 at one stage. Robert O'Donnell and Henry walsh forged a fine partnership of 108 runs for the fourth wicket but once the partnership was broken, New Zealand's lower middle order imploded.
They were all out for 198 in 50 overs. Afghanistan also had a terrible start and were reduced to 26 for 5. The match looked over at that stage but Najibullah Zadran unleashed 69 and was assisted by Afsar Khan who racked up 42 as Afghanistan inched closer to the target but eventually fell short by 8 runs. Matthew Quinn snared 4 scalps and was adjudged Man of the Match.
Brief scores: New Zealand 198 50 overs (O'Donnell 69; Shirzad 4-34) beat Afghanistan 190 for 9 in 50 overs (Zadran 69; Quinn 4-26) by eight runs