ICC World Cup: Hosts Australia defeat SA U19

2012-08-22 00:00

TOWNSVILLE — Hosts Australia took a huge stride in its quest for their fourth ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title yesterday when they beat South Africa by four wickets.

Australia overcame a late charge by South Africa to achieve their target of 192 with nine balls and four wickets to spare.

The final is scheduled to be played on Sunday and Australia will now waiting on the result of tomorrow’s second semi-final between India and New Zealand.

The loser of tomorrow’s semi-final will meet South Africa in the third-fourth position play-off on Saturday.

Australia opener Cameron Bancroft was the star of his side when he scored a fine 66 and featured in a match-winning 95-run third wicket partnership with Kurtis Patterson (46) after the defending champion had slipped to three for two in two overs in their run-chase.

Australia won an important toss and South Africa’s in-form Quinton de Kock (1) and Gihahn Cloete (0) were quickly dismissed

South African captain Chad Bowes (46) struck up a handy partnership of 88 with Murray Coetzee (50), but the final total of 191 for eight was only moderate.

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