England registers seven-wicket win over Bangladesh

U-19 WC

Basseterre (St Kitts and Nevis), Jan 17: Defending champions Bangladesh suffered a seven-wicket loss against England in a lop-sided contest to make a poor start to their campaign at the ICC U-19 World Cup here.
Opting to bat, Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 97 by England, who then returned to overhaul the target in 25.1 overs.
England produced a lethal bowling effort to reduce Bangladesh to 51 for nine in the 25th over at Warner Park in the Group A match.
No.11 Ripon Mondol hit 33 not out in a spirited last-wicket stand of 46 with Naimur Rohman (11) to drag Bangladesh close to the 100-mark.
Left-arm pacer Joshua Boyden was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of four for 16, while right-arm fast bowler Thomas Aspinwall scalped two wickets, giving away 18 runs.
Besides, Tom Prest (1/5), Fateh Singh (1/29) and James Sales (1/29) took a wicket each.
In reply, England lost opener George Thomas (15) and captain Tom Prest (4) but Jacob Bethell (44) and James Rew (26 not out) put on 65 before the former was run out just shy of the finish line as England cruised to victory.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s decision to bat first backfired as they lost wickets at regular intervals and slumped to 26 for five by the 14th over.
Brief scores:
Bangladesh: 97 all out in 35.2 overs (Ripon Mondol not out 33; Joshua Boyden 4/16, Thomas Aspinwall 2/18).
England: 98 for 3 in 25.1 overs (Jacob Bethell 44; Rakibul Hasan 1/13). (PTI)