The New Zealand Under-19s have registered a five wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in their Plate semi-final at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
New Zealand bowlers dismissed UAE for
140 after 49.2 overs, with Moaaz Ayub top-scoring with 21. The Kiwis in
reply looked comfortable and reached their target after 30.2 overs, largely
thanks to an unbeaten 62 from Ken McClure.
Having won the toss, New Zealand asked the hosts to bat first and the bowlers quickly got on top. UAE lost both openers within the span of six runs in the twelfth over, with only 32 on the board.
New Zealand maintained its pressure and ensured that UAE were not allowed to form any major partnerships, the highest coming for the eighth wicket between Qazi and Omer Mohammed (19) for 36.
All six bowlers had success in the wicket column, but Jeremy Benton and Josh Finnie led with two wickets apiece.
New Zealand’s innings revolved around McClure who lost partners at regular intervals, but the 19-year-old calmly anchored his side to a comfortable win.
The opening pair Henry Collier (9) and Rakitha Weerasundara (30) set the tone early, scoring quickly and taking away any run-rate pressure.
McClure then took over following their dismissals, striking seven fours and a six in his 68 ball knock. Eventually he and Tim Seifert (9*) surpassed UAE’s total, securing their side a spot in the Plate final.
Justin James was UAE’s best weapon with the ball, taking figures of two for 36 from 10 overs.New Zealand will play Bangladesh in the final on Friday.