AUCKLAND: England made light work of Canada to round off the group stages of the ICC Under-19 World Cup with another victory and set up a quarter-final with Australia.
Captain Harry Brook lost the toss for the third game in a row – the only thing he’s getting wrong at the minute – and duly watched his side rack up 383/7, a record for England at an Under-19 World Cup.
There were centuries for Warwickshire’s Liam Banks (120), taking advantage of his first opportunity to bat this tournament, and Surrey’s Will Jacks (102).
In reply, Canada were bowled out for 101 as Prem Sisodiya, Roman Walker and Adam Finch shared out seven wickets between them.
It was an encouraging return for the trio – all coming into the side for the first time this World Cup – and it demonstrated England’s strength in depth.
There was a reshuffled look to the batting order as well, with Fin Trenouth, Jack Davies and Luke Hollman all elevated to get some time at the crease.
It was Tom Banton and Banks who opened up for England and they continued the trend of getting their side off to a quick start.
Sisodiya, another World Cup debutant keen to impress, was next to strike as the sun began to play its part in slowing down the game – already over as a contest. The left-arm spinner clean-bowled Pranav Sharma to reduce Canada to 54/5.
He bagged his second – caught and bowled – to make it 75/6 approaching the half-way point of Canada’s innings and only the unexpected arrival of a streaker reminded everyone that it wasn’t a net session.
The Glamorgan man made it three when Pieter Pretorius edged behind to Davies and when Faisal Jamkhandi did the same thing off Hollman at the other end – generously walking despite not being given out – England were on the brink.
Hollman bagged his second and England’s final wicket (they only required nine after Canada skipper Arslan Khan was forced to retire hurt) to see them home by 282 runs.
They’ll face Australia in the quarter-finals at the same venue on Tuesday 22 January.