Powerhouse three time (1988, 2002, 2010) former Champions Australia, one of the early favorites for ICC 2020 U19 Championship honors, inflicted a 9 wicket mauling on Canada when the two teams met in their January 15 Pre Tournament Warm Up encounter. An ultra aggressive 27 ball 94 by their number 3 batsman Oliver Davies, which included 11 sixes and 6 fours, provided the foundation for the Australians’ assault on the paltry 115 run victory target that had been set by the Canadians.
Having won the toss and deciding to bat, the Canadians were bundled out for just 114 off 41.5 overs. Eshan Sensarma top scored with a patient 27 made of 74 balls and there were only three other double digit scores from Mihir Patel (17), Udaybir Walia (16) and Nicholas Manohar (10) as the Canadians lost wickets regularly before eventually being dismissed for 114 in the 42nd over. Liam Scott 2/8 (4 overs) was Australia’s most successful bowler, while Corey Kelly 2/13 (4) and Todd Murphy 2/28 (8) were also among the wicket-takers.
Set to make 115 for victory off 50 overs at a required run rate of just 2.3 runs per over, Australia’s batters led by Oliver Davies made a mockery of the target, racing to 117/1 in just 7.4 overs. Davies’ 94 (27) was the backbone of the Australian reply. Ayush Verma 1/16 (1) was the only successful Canadian bowler.
Canada U19 114/10 (41.5 Overs) E Sensarma 27 (74); L Scott 2/8 (4), C Kelly 2/13 (4), T Murphy 2/28 (8)
Australia U19 117/1 (7.4 Overs) O Davies 94 (27).
Australia U19 won by 9 wickets.
The Australia U19 encounter was the last of Canada U19’s two scheduled Official 2020 World Cup Warm Up matches. The Canadians will face the United Arab Emirates on January 18th in their first match of the Tournament. The Canadians will also play hosts South Africa on January 22 and Afghanistan on January 24 in their remaining Group D Preliminary Round matches.
Canada is one of the sixteen participating teams at the ICC 2020 Under-19 World Cup which will be split into four groups for the Tournament’s Preliminary Rounds. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super League, with the bottom two from each group progressing to the Plate League.
Photo Caption: Eshan Sensarma of Canada bats during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup warm up match between Australia and Canada at St Stithians College on January 15, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo Compliments International Cricket Conference (ICC)