ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: England Dismantle Namibia to Start Campaign on High
Riding on Will Jacks and Harry Brook’s belligerent fifties, England started their World Cup campaign with a thumping eight-wicket over Namibia at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on Monday (15 January). Jacks scored an unbeaten 44-ball 73 while Brook remained not out on 59 off just 48 balls, as England chased down 197 inside 25 overs.
The modest score was never going to pose a stiff challenge for England, and any hopes of a Namibian revival soon ended when English openers – Savin Perera and Tom Banton – gave the team a flying start by adding 55 runs off just 47 balls.
The partnership was broken when Banton was castled by Gerhard Lottering. English dressing room would have been a little worried when Perera also departed 11 runs later but the worries soon dissipated, as Jacks and Brook fired on all cylinders right from the word go.
The duo hit a boundary almost every over, and England’s task was only made easier by Namibia’s poor bowling, as they gave away 19 runs in extras. The aggressiveness increased, as the game progressed, and the duo hit the top gear from the 18th over.
Jacks scored three boundaries in four balls in the over bowled by Dewald Nell before Brook targeted Shaun Fouche, hitting him for three fours in the 21st over. In the very next over bowled by Namibia captain, Jacks smashed five consecutive boundaries including a six to bring up his fifty off just 36 balls. Brooks soon followed suit, reaching his fifty off 42 balls before ending the game with a boundary.
Earlier, England bowlers did a brilliant job by restricting the African country to 196 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Namibia were off to a solid start with the openers Jurgen Linde and Louwrens adding 42 runs. However, after the first wicket, they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals which never provided their innings with the impetus. Luke Hollman starred with the ball, taking three for 41 off his ten overs.
England 198 for 2 ( Jacks 73*, Brook 59*) beat Namibia 196 for 9 (Fouche 44, Loftie-Eaton 36, Hollman 3-41) by eight wickets.
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