England will face Afghanistan in the semi final before hopefully making it through to the U19 Cricket World Cup
England must beat Afghanistan if they are to make it through to U19 Cricket World Cup final
England’s U19 Men’s Cricketers are currently competing in the Cricket World Cup and are currently sitting top of their group having won all three of their matches against Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Canada.
There have been 16 teams taking part in the youngsters World Cup and now only four remain. England are set to face Afghanistan in the semi finals and will be due to play either India or Australia if they make it through to the final.
Harry Brook and Tom Banton, who currently play in the senior squad, both featured in the 2018 edition of the U19 World Cup and the majority of the world’s finest players have all exhibited their prowess at this youth tournament.
The 18-year-old Tom Prest, who is currently in Hampshire’s first-class squad, is leading his U19 squad out in the West Indies. He has a top score of 59 not out in T20 cricket at an average of 22.50.
Here’s all you need to know about the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Final…
What’s England’s story so far?
England have had little trouble against their opponents so far. Their first fixture came on 16 January and England bowled Bangladesh out for 97 after just 35 overs thanks for four wickets from Joshua Boyden.
Their next match was against Canada, just two days later, and once again England cruised to victory thanks to 93 runs from captain Tom Brest. The Lions made 320 runs but Boyden once again reduced the opponents’ score, and Canada were bowled out for 214.
In England’s final group stage match, once again Brest led from the front and knocked up 154 not out comfortably giving England a score of 362. A stunning four wickets from Rehan Ahmed ensured that the UAE were only able to make it to 173 before their final wicket fell.
In the Super League playoffs, England were to face South Africa and Dewald Brevis’ 97 off 88 balls would have worried Brest’s team if Ahmed had not once again, taken four wickets.
Jacob Bethell was the star batter for the English side, making a magnificent 88 off just 42 balls.
With South Africa reduced to 209 all out, Bethell’s triumphant knock sent England through to the semi finals after just 31 overs.
Who will England play in the Semi Finals?
England are set to face Afghanistan in their semi final match.
Afghanistan came second in their group but were able to defeat Sri Lanka by just four runs to make it through to the next stage.
When is England’s next match?
The semi final will take place on Tuesday 1 February 2022 with India and Australia playing their semi final match on Wednesday 2 February 2022.
England’s match will start at 1pm GMT and will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua and Barbuda.
When is the final?
The Final will be played on Saturday 5 February 2022. The start time is 1pm GMT and it will also be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda.
How to watch the ICC U19 Mens’ Cricket World Cup
Sky Sports are offering a live streaming of the match. It will be available to watch through Sky Sports Cricket.
Packages for Sky tend to start at around £31/month with the next package at £43/month.
England Squad: Tom Prest (C), Jacob Bethell, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwall, Nathan Barnwell, George Bell, Joshua Boyden, Ben Cliff, James Coles, Alex Horton, William Luxton, James Rew, James Sales, Fateh Singh, George Thomas
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