Namibia knock holders out

Staff Correspondent
Namibia Under-19 cricket team players celebrate after defeating defending champions South Africa in their ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.— ICC photo

Namibia Under-19 cricket team players celebrate after defeating defending champions South Africa in their ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.— ICC photo

Namibia caused a big upset when it defeated South Africa by two wickets to knock out the defending ICC Under-19 World Cup champions from the group stage in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.
The win means both Namibia and Bangladesh qualified from Group A after the hosts thrashed Scotland by 114 for its second win in the other match at the same town,
Bangladesh will now clash with Namibia in the last league match on Tuesday to decide Group ‘A’ winner, who will face India or Nepal in the first quarter-final on February 5.
In another match on Sunday, England brushed aside Zimbabwe by 129 runs in Chittagong to top Group C with their third successive win.
West Indies ended the baptism of Fiji at the Under-19 World Cup with a crushing 262 runs win at the MA Aziz Stadium.  The Caribbean will now face Zimbabwe on Tuesday to determine the second qualifier from the group.
Namibia became only second team in history to knock out defending champions from group stage after Zimbabwe did the same with Australia in 2004, also in Bangladesh.
Namibia’s unheralded cricketers, who had beaten Scotland in their first match, kept their cool amid mounting tension to eke out the thrilling win.
South Africa, batting first, was reduced to 60 for eight by the half-way stage of their innings following a four-wicket haul by Michael van Lingen.
But Willem Ludick hit 42 in a ninth-wicket stand of 55 runs to give their bowlers something to fight.
Defending a modest 136 for nine in 50 overs, South Africa claimed a wicket off the first ball and continued to dismiss batsmen regularly, but Lohan
Louwrens stood in the way as he steered
Namibia home with an unbeaten 58.
The memorable win meant that Namibia, which finished 14th in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, will improve upon its best finish of 11th in Malaysia in 2008.
England, which had scored 371 for three against Fiji in the first match, once again showed their batting prowess to pile up 288 for four after electing to bat against Zimbabwe.
Jack Burnham hit an unbeaten 106, his second hundred in three matches while openers Dan Lawrence and Max Holden59 Holden 51 respectively.
Zimbabwe were dismissed for 159 despite a heroic 91 from Jeremy Ives as Saqib Mahmood claimed four wickets for 39 runs and Callum Taylor took three for 14.
Shamar Springer became the third century-maker of the day, scoring 106 to lift the West Indies to 340 for seven against first-timer Fiji, who were dismissed for 78 in reply.
Jyd Goolie made 66 for the Caribbean side and his team-mate Gidron pope, who later claimed 4-24, scored 76 to make an all-round performance.

Brief Scores
Namibia U-19s v South Africa U-19s
South Africa U-19s 136-9 in 50 overs (Ludick 42, Sipamla 17 not out; van Lingen 4-24, Coetzee 3-16) v Namibia U-19s  137-8 in  39.4 overs (Louwrens 58 not out; Abrahams 2-18, Whitehead 2-27)
Result: Namibia U-19s won by 2 wickets.
England U-19s v Zimbabwe U-19s
England U-19s  288-4 in 50 overs (Burnham 106 not out, Lawrence 59, Holden 51; Magarira 2-36) v Zimbabwe U-19s  159  in 43.4 overs (Ives 91; Saqib 4-39, Taylor 3-14)
Result: England U-19s won by 129 runs.
West Indies U-19s v Fiji U-19s
West Indies U-19s  340-7 in 50 overs (Springer 106, Pope 76, Goolie 66; Tikoisuva 6-59) v Fiji 78 in 27.3 overs (Pope 4-24)
Result: West Indies U-19s won by 262 runs.

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