U19s secure maiden win against Fiji

08 Feb
Scotland U19s 225 (48.1 ov) McCreath 60, Shah 39, Tikoisuva 4/46, beat Fiji Under-19s 149 (42.2 ov) Vuniwaqa 80, Sloman 3/30, McCreath 3/43 [Scorecard] 

Scotland U19s set up a fixture with familiar rivals Ireland in a 13th/14th place play-off with a 76-run win against Fiji in the ICC U19 World Cup at Cox’s Bazar on Monday.

The Scots lost early wickets with captain Flack and Dar back in the pavilion. Ben Wilkinson returned from injury which had ruled him out of the early stages of the competition.

Wilkinson enjoyed a solid a 47 run partnership with Owais Shah to negotiate themselves out of a sticky situation.

Finlay McCreath and Shah continued to bat sensibly after Jack Waller and Wilkinson’s departure. Shah was run out 11 runs short of a deserved half-century.

A fine performance by Finlay McCreath (60) enabled Scotland to post a competitive 225, aided by some important hitting from Ryan Brown lower down the order.

The youngsters were soon eyeing up their first win in the competition when Cameron Sloman collected two early wickets, reducing Fiji to 18/3.

Scotland were made to work hard for their wickets as Vuniwarqa stuck 9 fours and 2 sixes in his 143-ball 80.

Haris Aslam also produced an impressive spell of bowling to finish with 2/20 from his 10 overs. It was to be McCreath’s day as he snared 3 wickets for 48 runs to see his side home, dismissing Fiji for 149 in the 43rd over.

At the conclusion of the game Cedric English said, “The boys have worked very hard and it’s great for them to be rewarded with a win. We look forward to seeing them build on this and approach the Ireland game with confidence.”

Captain Neil Flack was full of praise for McCreath, “It was a strong all-round performance from the team today, and in particular Fin who took his opportunity and fully deserved his Player of the Match award.

I thought we scored at a better rate and to bowl the opposition out gives us confidence going into our final game against Ireland.”

 

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