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Under 19 World Cup Day 6 – Scotland show plenty of fight but fall short against Australia.

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Half-centuries by Charlie Tear and Tomas Mackintosh set Scotland’s Under-19s on the path to a decent total against Australia in Basseterre on Wednesday, but the Scottish attack could not prevent their opponents cruising to a comfortable seven-wicket victory with more than ten overs to spare.

Tear (54) and Oliver Davidson (33) gave their side a great start with an opening stand of 88 at four and a half an over, and after both had departed Mackintosh continued the good work in partnership first with Sam Elstone and then with Jack Jarvis.

There were almost eleven overs left when Mackintosh fell to Aidan Cahill, also for 54, and useful contributions from Jarvis (27) and Muhaymen Majeed (26 not out) enabled the Scots to finish with 236 for eight.

William Salzmann took two for 38 for Australia as well as being involved in two run-outs, while Cahill finished with two for 33.

The Australians were untroubled in their reply, however, with Teague Wyllie hitting an unbeaten 101 and sharing an opening partnership of 101 with Campbell Kellaway (47).

When Kellaway was trapped in front by Oliver Davidson, Wyllie proceeded to add a further 97 with Cahill before the latter was bowled by Davidson for 72, plundered from just 45 deliveries with seven four and four sixes. 26 of those runs came from a single over from Jarvis, in which Cahill smashed two fours and three sixes.

Charlie Peet had Australian skipper Cooper Connolly caught behind by Tear for 11, but now only eleven were needed for victory, and Isaac Higgins stayed to the end with Wyllie, who brought up his century with a six off Rafay Khan before Higgins completed the win with a boundary.

Wyllie faced 115 balls and hit eight fours and two sixes. Davidson finished with two for 45 from his ten overs.

Although competitive in two of their three games – all against seasoned Full Members – Scotland finish the Group stage winless and will now compete in the plate competition.

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Rod Lyall
Rod Lyall
Retired academic, now a journalist and commentator, mainly covering Dutch international and domestic cricket.

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