Solid start for England

A 151-run fourth wicket partnership between Ed Barnard and Ben Duckett provided 1998 champions England a solid start in the ICC U-19 World Cup as they defeated the hosts United Arab Emirates by 213 runs in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

In the other matches of the day, West Indies let South Africa off the hook as the two-time runners-up recovered to win by 94 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium while Sri Lanka recorded a comfortable 49-run victory over New Zealand at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Zimbabwe completed a six-wicket victory over Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1.

Barnard scored 93 and Duckett contributed 83 as England scored 315 for eight in 50 overs after being asked to bat first at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Barnard’s 73-ball innings was studded with 12 fours while Duckett also hit as many boundaries in an 80-ball knock as the two batsmen scored at an excess of seven runs per over. This partnership had come after openers Harry Finch (49) and Jonathan Tattersall (29) had put on 71 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs.

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