Kensington Bowler Keeps Australia’s U19 World Cup Hopes Alive!
In NZ, with Australia’s U19s making an uncharacteristically meager 127 off only 33 overs with the bat in its U19 Cricket World Cup quarter final against the ‘Old Enemy’ England, the Australian bowlers hadn’t many runs to defend.
Australia knew 127 would ‘have to be enough’ and England said later that they were very confident that they could make Australia’s runs ‘none down’ and at 0/47 after only a few overs, few would have disagreed.
With Australia’s normally devastating and frugal quick bowlers this time being despatched to all corners of the Queenstown Oval, Captain Jason Sangha tossed the ball early in the power play to Kensington’s own wrist spinner, Lloyd Pope, in almost a last ditch effort to slow the scoring and hopefully take a wicket or two.
It was Lloyd’s day.
Showing great control and with a varied and spectacular array of sliders, wronguns and leg breaks, Lloyd proceeded to baffle England, taking a record 8 wickets in 9.4 overs for just 35 runs to leave the English camp shell shocked.
Brilliant top class slips catching by Australia’s Captain and a great stumping and catch by keeper Baxter Holt plus a brilliant direct hit run out from all rounder Jonathon Merlo, made Australia’s win, truly an all round team effort.
Chasing 128 to win, England had been knocked out of the U19 World Cup for a remarkable 97 with Kensi’s Lloyd Pope doing the damage finishing with the U19 World Record and Man Of The Match figures of 8/35 (2 maidens) off his 9.4 overs.
Australia now progress to the Semi Finals.
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