ICC U/19 World Cup Wrap – Pope Answers Australia’s Prayers with 8/35
Australia’s prayers were answered when Lloyd Pope created a slice of World Cup history with 8/35 against England.
England had no answers as they were bungled out for 96 in pursuit of Australia’s modest target of 128 for victory. England will be wondering how they lost this match after reaching 0/47 after eight overs. England captain Harry Brook admitted his side struggled to cope with the pressure.
“We played spin exceptionally throughout the tournament but he (Pope) bowled very well, got turn out of the pitch, there were a few bad shots. The pitch was fairly slow, when the spinners came on it turned, he got purchase out of it. The pitch was not bad really, we just did not bat that well, can’t say anything about the pitch, (there was) just a little turn.”
Pope’s bowling figures were the best ever in the U/19 World Cup, surpassing Jason Ralston’s 7/15 against Papua New Guinea earlier in the tournament.
Australia will meet the winner of New Zealand v Afghanistan in the semi-final.
Pope’s effort with the ball captured the imagination of the cricketing world, but for now Australia will be wanting to make the most of their divine intervention.
Super League Quarter-finals
Australia beat England by 31 runs, John Davies Oval, Queensland
Australia 127 all out in in 33.3 overs (Jason Sangha 58; Dillon Pennington 3-27, William Jacks 3-21, Ethan Bamber 3-31)
England 96 all out in 23.4 overs (Tom Banton 58; Lloyd Pope 8-35)
Player of the match: Lloyd Pope (Australia)