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ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup warm-ups

Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Scotland all recorded impressive wins as the 2022 ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup warm-up matches continued in the West Indies.

In Guyana, Sri Lanka secured a 128-point triumph over Ireland and Scotland secured 107 points over Uganda, while the biggest victory of the day came in St. Kitts for the United Arab Emirates , as they won 250 points over Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s scheduled warm-up match against England has been postponed due to delays in getting the Afghan team the necessary visas to enter the West Indies.

The ICC U19 Men’s CWC begins on January 14 and all teams are now entering the final stages of preparation.

Sri Lanka shines in a shortened game

Despite overnight rain in Guyana shortening the game between Sri Lanka and Ireland to 43 overs per team, Shevon Daniel helped the Sri Lankans to an impressive 128 run victory.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl, but fly-half Daniel attacked from the start scoring 75 from 72, including eight fours and a six.

Opening partner Chamidu Wickramasinghe being worn out for five years and No. 3 Sakuna Liyanage being trapped LBW by Irish bowler’s choice Nathan McGuire (2/40) couldn’t slow down Daniel, who retired with the score at 122 for two.

The middle order took over from there as Sadisha Rajapaksa (22), Pawan Pathiraja (25) and Ranuda Somarathne (33) all made cameos to push Sri Lanka’s tally to 233 for seven of 43 overs – with three of the dismissals being runs out.

In response, Ireland’s top order failed to build a foundation with Wickramasinghe’s own bowling both fly-half Liam Doherty and captain Tim Tector to finish with numbers two for seven out of four overs before Wanuja Sahan (3/5) took over to fire Philippus le Roux, Scott MacBeth and McGuire cheaply.

No 3 Joshua Cox was the only source of Irish resistance as he resiliently fired 44 from 86, but with wickets falling at the other end there was little he could do to stop his side from failing. being sacked for 105 from 31.4 overs – Jamie Forbes the last man out when he was knocked down by Matheesha Pathirana for a duck.

The 128-point triumph was the perfect tonic for Sri Lanka as they continue preparations for a group that includes Australia, hosts West Indies and Scotland at the upcoming ICC Men’s U19 CWC.

UAE sets milestone

The United Arab Emirates impressed with both bat and ball as they recorded a dominating 250 run victory over Papua New Guinea in Basseterre.

After losing the toss and being asked to strike, UAE fly-half Kai Smith set about punishing that decision with a brilliant 145 inning that produced just 139 balls.

Smith plundered 19 fours and a six as he built three great partnerships with his top-flight teammates, starting with an opening stand of 72 alongside Shival Bawa, before Bawa was caught by Malcolm Aporo in bowling by John Kariko for 23.

Dhruv Parashar came to the crease and made it 52 in a partnership of 133 before a third wicket stand of 77 with Punya Mehra (41 from 25) took the UAE total towards 300.

Smith eventually perished for 145 with just 13 balls remaining in the innings and the score on 298 before the UAE took their final tally to 321 for five of 50 overs.

Their bowlers then capitalized on that mammoth goal as Papua New Guinea were down to 22 for four, with Ali Naseer taking one for three with three young ladies in a stifling spell of five, as fellow flyhalf Nilansh Keswani (2/16) helped himself to a pair of wickets at the other end.

PNG fly-half Peter Karoho (14 of 18) and No. 6 Christopher Kilapat (27 of 40) were the only hitters to hit double figures as Aayan Khan’s three-of-ten helped them to beat them for just 71 from 28 overs and seal a 250 run triumph. .

Scotland impress to beat Uganda

Scotland may have been a late substitute for New Zealand at the 2022 ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup, but they have signaled their intention to make noise in the West Indies with a 107 innings win over Uganda.

Hitting first, they posted a creditable 219 for nine of their 50 overs, with fly-half Charlie Tear leading the innings as he made 50.

In fact, Scotland received useful points throughout the order as Sam Elstone reached 29, Jack Jarvis contributed 33 before running out and Charlie Peet added 26 late.

The Ugandan bowlers took wickets at even intervals with Edwin Nuwagaba (3/29) and Juma Miyaji (2/30) doing most of the damage, but the Scots still gave themselves a target to defend.

Uganda made a promising start with the bat, reaching 41 for none in the ninth, but would go on to lose all ten wickets for just 71 runs thereafter.

It was a run that finally broke the opening partnership as Ronald Lutaaya left for 17 before Oliver Davidson (3/14) dismissed three of the top five and another run left them at 63 for five.

Scotland skipper Jamie Cairns then secured a three-wicket carry for the concession of just 15 runs as Cyrus Kakuru (top scorer with 25), Pius Oloka (5) and Miyaji (2) all fell to the slow left arm.

Nuwagaba was the last man to go out for five from Lyle Robertson’s bowling 112 as Uganda slipped to a 107-run loss in 31.2 overs.

Scores in brief

Sri Lanka Under-19s beat Ireland Under-19s by 128 points, Providence Stadium, Guyana

Sri Lanka

233-7, 43 overs (Shevon Daniel 75 retired not out, Ranuda Somarathne 33; Nathan McGuire 2-40, Daniel Forkin 1-21)


104 all out, 31.4 overs (Joshua Cox 45 out, Scott MacBeth 11; Wanuja Sahan 3-5, Chamidu Wickramasinghe 2-7)

United Arab Emirates Under 19s beat Papua New Guinea Under 19s by 250 runs, Conaree Cricket Field, Basseterre, St Kitts

United Arab Emirates

321-5, 50 overs (Kai Smith 145, Dhruv Parashar 52, Punya Mehra 41; Barnabas Maha 1-33, John Kariko 1-40)

Papua New Guinea

71 all outs, 28 overs (Christopher Kilapat 27, Peter Karoho 14; Aayan Khan 3-10, Adihya Shetty 2-10, Nilansh Keswani 2-16)

Scotland Under-19 beat Uganda Under-19 by 109 runs, Everest Cricket Club Ground, Georgetown, Guyana


219-9, 50 overs (Charlie Tear 50, Jack Jarvis 33; Edwin Nuwagaba 3-29, Juma Miyaji 2-30)


112 all outs, 31.2 overs (Cyrus Kakuru 25, Ronald Lutaaya 17; Oliver Davidson 3-14, Jamie Cairns 3-15)

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