Proteas, Windies cruise on day one of ICC U-19 WC warm-up matches

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Dubai, Jan.22 (ANI): Defending champion South Africa and West Indies rode on centuries from their respective skippers to secure a comfortable victory in their warm-up matches ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.

South Africa skipper Tony de Zorzi smashed seven boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten knock of 100 to help his side crush Fiji by massive 282 runs in Fatullah and to give the first-timer a taste of what awaits for it in the main tournament.

Opting to bat first, South Africa made 332-7 within their allotted 50 overs, thanks to opener Kyle Verreynne (59) and Rivaldo Moonsamy (56).

In reply, Fiji was shot out for 50 in 30.4 overs as no batsman managed to reach double figures. Left-arm spinner Sean Whitehead was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets for six runs in his seven overs. Seamer Luke Philander took three for 16.

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Meanwhile, the West Indies brushed aside Scotland by 148 runs in another match in Fatullah, following brilliant centuries by captain Shimron Hetmyer and opener Tevin Imlach.

Left-handed Hetmyer made 136 off 116 balls with 16 boundaries and two sixes, while Imlach retired after scoring 100 from 115 balls with 12 fours, as the West Indies totaled 342 for four after electing to bat.

Scotland were restricted to 194 for seven in reply, with Ben Wilkinson retiring with 63 and Owais Shah making 55.

Seamer Shamar Springer bagged three wickets for 19 and left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy claimed two for 18.

The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation tournament featuring nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland, will start from January 27.(ANI)

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