Proteas, Kiwis post easy wins in U-19 World Cup quarters

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Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh), Feb 4 (IANS) Opener Kyle Verreynne led the way with a patient half-century as South Africa thrashed Ireland by eight wickets in the quarter-finals of the U-19 World Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.

Verreynne stroked 77 runs off 109 balls seven boundaries and a six. His opening partnership of 104 runs with Liam Smith laid the foundation for the successful South African chase after being set a target of 186 runs.

Smith was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well-deserved half-century by just a single run. The right-hander scored 49 runs off 86 deliveries with three hits to the fence and a six before being trapped leg before by Fiachra Tucker.

Wiaan Mulder also produced a useful innings later on during the chase, scoring an unbeaten 43 runs off 70 balls.

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Adam Dennison (1/27) and Tucker (1/53) were the only wicket-takers in a dismal Irish bowling performance.

Earlier, Dayyaan Galiem picked up two early wickets to leave Ireland struggling at 4/50. But Lorcan Tucker (77 not out) somewhat made up for the top order collapse and ensured that Ireland reached a respectable score of 185/7. Galiem (2/22) and Willem Ludick (2/43) picket up a couple of wickets each for South Africa.

In the day’s other quarter-final at the same venue, New Zealand eased past Scotland by a seven-wicket margin. Glenn Phillips played a starring role for the Kiwis, smashing 89 runs off 40 deliveries, hitting 11 boundaries and six sixes along the way.

The right-handed opener’s blitzkreig helped New Zealand overhaul the 182-run target in 27 overs. Phillips put together an opening partnership of 98 runs off 70 deliveries with Daniel Stanley (9).

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Christian Leopard (25), Josh Finnie (30 n.o.) and Finn Allen (31 n.o.) sealed the new Zealand victory after leg-spinner Haris Aslam had sent Phillips back to the pavilion.

Aslam returned figures of 2/37 while Mitchell Rao (1/28) picked up the wicket of Stanley.

Electing to bat, Scotland were off to a good start before they started to lose wickets at regular intervals. Owais Shah was their top scorer with 32 runs off 66 balls. Left-arm pacer Ross ter Braak returned figures of 3/34 for the Kiwis, while Felix Murray (2/31) and Nathan Smith (2/37) claimed two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Ireland: 185/7 (Lorcan Tucker 77 n.o.; Dayyaan Galiem 2/22, Willem Ludick 2/43) lost to South Africa 187/2 (Kyle Verreynne 77) by eight wickets.

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Scotland: 181/9 (Owais Shah 32; Ross ter Braak 3/34) lost to New Zealand 185/3 (Glenn Phillips 89; Haris Aslam 2/37) by seven wickets.

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