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Windies U-19 players top World Cup charts
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and right-handed batsman Shamar Springer finished fifth in the bowling and batting charts respectively after leading the West Indies to its first ever International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup title in Bangladesh, on Sunday.
The young Windies led by Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer, defeated powerhouse India by five wickets in the final at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in a low scoring encounter. India was dismissed for 145 in 45.1 overs after Joseph grabbed 3/39 in ten overs, while medium pacer Ryan John snatched 3/38 in ten overs.
West Indies was made to work for the successful run chase after being reduced to 77/5 after 29 overs. However, an unbeaten 69-run sixth wicket partnership between Keacy Carty and Keemo Paul guided the West Indies to 146/5 in 49.3 overs. Carty ended on 52, while Paul contributed 40.
Joseph tormented the opposing bowlers throughout the tournament, finishing with 13 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 3.31 runs per over. Joseph’s best bowling figures came against Zimbabwe in the last match of the group stage when he took 4/30 in ten overs. The Antiguan fast bowler, who has five first class matches under his belt, has been targeted as a future star of West Indies cricket.
Springer, who was known for his ‘chest roll’ celebrations after taking a wicket, scored 285 runs at an average of 57. The Barbadian contributed valuable runs in the middle of the order including a knock of 106 off 78 balls against Fiji in the group stage. He struck one century and two fifties during the tournament. Springer also contributed with the ball, snatching seven wickets with his medium pace.
West Indies wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach (Guyana) had a fruitful tournament behind the stumps, finishing with ten dismissals (eight catches, two stumpings) to finish fifth among the wicketkeepers in the tournament.
Springer and T&T left-handed batsman Jyd Goolie had a memorable partnership against Fiji. The duo had a fifth wicket partnership of 157 runs, the fifth highest of the tournament. Goolie struck 66 off 75 balls during the partnership, while Springer went on to post 106 off 78 balls after Goolie was dismissed. It was the highest fifth wicket partnership of the World Cup.
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