Young West Indies secure crucial win
New Zealand (CMC):
A pulsating, fifth-wicket century stand between prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich hauled West Indies from the brink of disaster and catapulted them to a crucial five-wicket win over Papua New Guinea, in their final preliminary match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup yesterday.
Set a modest target after they dismissed Papua New Guinea for 187 off their 50 overs at Fitzherbert Park, West Indies stumbled to 43 for four in the 10th over before rebounding to reach 188 for five off 35.4 overs, and put themselves within sight of qualification for the second round with their second successive win.
With their run chase coming apart at the seams, Brathwaite fashioned an uncharacteristically uptempo 82 from 79 balls, while Dowrich carved out a near run-a-ball 84 from 85 balls, as the Barbadian pair featured in an entertaining stand of 118 off 119 balls.
Usually dogged and unhurried, Brathwaite betrayed his natural instincts to stroke eight fours off 79 balls, while Dowrich followed suit, striking nine fours and a six off 85 balls.
Earlier, leg-spinner Yannic Cariah snatched four for 37 to destroy Papua New Guinea's middle order, reducing them from a solid position of 68 for one after they had been sent in.