12 Aug 2012

New Zealand win first match at Under 19 Cricket World Cup

9:56 pm on 12 August 2012

The New Zealand Under-19 Cricket Team have beaten Scotland in their first Group B pool match of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland, Australia.

Scotland fell short of New Zealand's first innings total of 247 by 39 runs, dismissed for 208 after 46.5 overs.

Having won the toss Scotland elected to field. New Zealand made steady progress during the initial stages before developing a strong third wicket partnership between captain Will Young and Robert O'Donnell.

The pair put on 88 together, before O'Donnell was run out on 50. Young went on to bring up his century, until he was also run-out in the 49th over on 115.

Scotland in reply were a chance for much of their pursuit, but suffered with the loss of regular wickets.

Opening batsman Ross McLean (36) and number four Freddie Coleman (65) were the main contributors and led Scotland to 167 for five in the 40th over.

It was at that point New Zealand all-rounder Connor Neynens took two wickets with consecutive balls, including that of Coleman's.

From there New Zealand took control of the match.

Ish Sodhi and Neynens were the best of the bowlers and finished with figures of three for 35 and three for 24 from their ten overs.

New Zealand join Pakistan at the top of Group B, who also had a win first up with a 109 run victory over Afghanistan.

New Zealand play Afghanistan on Tuesday in their next match.