West Indies Secure Fifth Place Finish In 2020 ICC U19 CWC
Benoni, South Africa - Australia and West Indies were left frustrated by the weather as their 5th Place Play-Off at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup was abandoned at Willowmoore Park, Benoni.
Despite rain bringing the contest to a premature conclusion, the Windies finished the tournament in fifth position based on the Caribbean islanders’ higher finish in the group stages.
When there was play earlier in the day, the Australians had powered their way to a commanding 319 for eight with half-centuries from Liam Scott, Lachlan Hearne and Cooper Connolly.
The 99-run opening stand from Scott and Sam Fenning as well as the 101-run stand for the fifth wicket between Hearne and Connolly anchored the innings.
Matthew Patrick, with three wickets, was the pick of the mercurial Windies bowling attack as they failed to halt the consistent flow of runs from the Australian batsmen.
In pursuit, the West Indies were 62 for one off 12.3 overs.
The side's captain, Kimani Melius, had blasted his way to 39 before he was caught by Fanning off Scott, which proved to be the last action of the tournament for either of the sides as the umpires called the players to come off because of rain.
While both teams were unable to live up to their billing on arrival to South Africa as potential favourites for the title, they still found some tournament positives.
"Finishing fifth is not what we would have wanted, but the boys did play well,” said Melius. “I can also say that our preparations were good, one of the positives was being able to approach the game with more intensity.”
Australian captain Mackenzie Harvey added: "We still played good cricket in the tournament despite the results and the squad camaraderie is awesome at the moment."
SOURCE: ICC MEDIA ZONE