PORT OF SPAIN: United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ireland clinch victories in the Plate Quarter Finals of the ongoing ICC Under 19 World Cup; defeating Uganda and Canada respectively, here on Monday.
In the first plate quarterfinal, UAE sealed a thrilling victory over Uganda by one wicket; chasing a paltry 124.
Adhitya Shetty (11*) and Jash Giyanani (4*) held their nerves calm to guide the side to the victory in the 41st over after the batting line-up’s failure.
UAE, despite having a decent start; putting on a 43-runs opening partnership fumbled and eventually got into trouble before Shetty and Giyanani showed heroic effort. Opener Kai Smith top-scored with his 25 off 32 balls; smashing five boundaries.
For Uganda, Joseph Baguma and Matthew Musinguzi bagged three wickets each, while Edwin Nugawaba claimed two. Yunusu Sowobi, on the other hand, struck out a batter.
Batting first, Uganda’s batting line-up also failed and could only manage to score 123; setting an easy target for the UAE. Captain Pascal Murungi scored 23, while Ronald Lutaaya top-scored with his 25; facing 47 deliveries.
In another quarterfinal, Ireland thumped Canada by 94 runs in a low scoring thriller; bowling out the latter for a skimpy 85.
Set to chase 180, the Canadian batting line-up failed completely and could only score 85, following a poor start, Gurnek Johal Singh and Kairav Sharma tried to retaliate a bit; scoring 15 and 19 respectively, while the rest of the batters remained unable to reach the double-figures.
For Ireland, Reuben Wilson picked three wickets, while Jamie Forbes and Nathan McGuire took two wickets each. Liam Doherty, Matthew Humphreys, and Muzamil Sherzad struck out a batter each.
Batting first, the Irish batting line-up too displayed a flop batting display as the side could only score 179. Philippus le Roux showed grit and scored a magnificent half-century; top-scoring with his 83, while the rest of the batters failed to make an impact with the bat.
le Roux faced 107 deliveries; smashing 12 boundaries. Forbes, on the other hand, was the second top-scorer with his 25.
For Canada, Ethan Gibson picked three wickets, while Parmveer Kharoud, Sheel Patel, and Sharma claimed two wickets each. Johal Singh, on the other hand, made one scalp.