U19 Cricket World Cup: Kenya to play Sri Lanka in Plate contest
A see-sawing first-innings contest between West Indies and Kenya yesterday ended with the Full Member side decidedly on top thanks to a superb Alick Athanaze hundred before Bhaskar Yadram and Jeavor Royal rammed home their advantage, securing victory by 222 runs. Kenya, fourth-placed in Group A without a single win will now meet Group D's third-placed Sri Lanka in plate quarters.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bat, getting off to a blistering start thanks to Kimani Melius, who plundered 23 runs off the second over, and didn't look back, eventually dismissed for 60 off 45. At the other end was Keagan Simmons blocking away and struggling for timing, eventually having his stay ended after scoring just 17.
After a mini-collapse of 3/6, Athanaze and Kirstan Kallicharan joined forces, and gave a repeat of their partnership against South Africa, which looked for a moment to have given them the advantage in that game.
Kenya enjoyed a much improved performance from their pummeling by New Zealand, but dropped catches continued to hurt them. There were almost too many to count. But if they were better with the ball, they were much worse with the bat. In their first two games they had batted out their 50 overs. Yesterday, having made their way to 50/0, they collapsed and were all out for a paltry 96. [www.icc-cricket.com]
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