Middlesex’s Jack Davies hit an impressive 63 off 76 balls this morning as England Under 19’s brought their World Cup campaign to an end, with a satisfying 32 run victory against New Zealand’s youngsters in Queenstown.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Middlesex’s Savin Perera opened the batting with Warwickshire’s Liam Banks, and the pair got England off to a steady start, putting on 21 for the first wicket, before Banks fell in the eighth over.
Perera fell soon after, bowled by Georgeson, with the score on 40, with the Middlesex man having made 19 off 36 balls.
Wicket-keeper batsman Davies came to the crease with the score on 48 for 3, with England looking to establish a recovery.
He and Somerset’s Tom Barton did just that, putting on 139 runs for the fourth wicket, taking the score to 187 for 4, to ensure that England had the platform for a late push in their innings to go on and post a competitive total of 261 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.
With New Zealand dismissed for 229 in reply, England wrapped up the victory, to secure a seventh place finish in the tournament.
After an impressive start for England’s youngsters, which saw them win their three group games convincingly, the young Lions will no doubt leave New Zealand for the UK disappointed with their seventh place finish, although the experience gained over the last few weeks, in a competitive tournament environment, will no doubt prove invaluable as their careers develop.
Congratulations to the Middlesex contingent of Ethan Bamber, Jack Davies, Luke Hollman and Savin Perera. Well done lads.